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John Baird

John Baird
Chief Financial Officer

John Baird attended Freeland Jr.-Sr. High School in Freeland Michigan and continued his education by obtaining his BBA from Northwood University in Midland, MI. At the age of 16, John started working as a dishwasher for a fine dining establishment in Midland. After advancing up the corporate ladder realizing never to be an owner as it was a family business, at the age of 19, opened a fine dining restaurant in Auburn, Mi. During this time, he finished his formal schooling completing his BBA. After several years in the restaurant industry, he challenged himself by working in the automotive industry for a German company, working in Quebec, Germany, and in Brazil. He then moved on to the heavy duty truck industry becoming the CFO for one of the Penske companies in Saline, MI. Most recently, John worked for a utility supplier of ceramic lined and fabricated parts selling to the Coal fire power market as the CEO/CFO of the company before joining the Paragon team in January of 2013. John’s many years of experience in various industries, his tremendous reputation in the business community and his innate understanding of key operational success factors coupled with deep financial acumen will make him an asset in his key role to the Paragon family of companies.

John and his wife Charlotte lead in community organizations, in particular, the Brandon Jr. Blackhawk football organization where John is the Head Coach for one of the football teams and Charlotte sits on the Board of Directors of the organization.

John and Charlotte have seven children and reside in Brandon Twp., (Ortonville) in Northern Oakland County, Mi. John is looking forward to help lead in the growth and expansion of Paragon moving forward.