Business file: Paragon Technology Group expands staff

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Matt Stensland's Business File column appears Sundays in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Contact him at 871-4210 or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com

Paragon Technology Group expands staff

Paragon Technology Group, a residential electronics integration firm, has announced additions to its teams in Steamboat Springs, Aspen and Vail.

Paragon in Steamboat Springs has hired Eric Knez as sales manager. Knez is responsible for cultivating relationships with local architects, builders, interior designers and Realtors; developing new business opportunities and increasing Paragon's presence in the developing Steamboat market. Eric brings to Paragon more than 15 years of industry experience including sales, project management and design.

In Aspen, Brandon Manka is the newest team member to join the design department. Casey Wood also has recently joined the Paragon team as the firm's marketing director.

Paragon's Vail office also has expanded, adding Doug Sheehy to the sales staff.

Founded in 1996, Paragon integrates audio and video systems, climate control, security, lighting, weather stations, closed circuit camera systems, and remote home control with online system diagnostic capabilities.

First Steps Seminar to take place Wednesday

People interested in starting a business are invited to a First Steps Seminar on Wednesday at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus. The free workshop will help potential business owners figure out whether their personality and skills are compatible with running a business, and it will teach them about the finances of starting a business.

Wednesday's seminar is 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 300 of Bogue Hall. First Steps workshops are held the third Wednesday of the month at the Bogue Enterprise Center.

Stress management program this week

Colorado Mountain College will present a program about stress management from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Friday in Bristol Hall. Personal coaching related to select stress areas will be available after the session.

Jill Anderson, owner of Practical People Practices, will lead this seminar. In the seminar, participants will use an assessment tool to gauge stress strengths and vulnerabilities, enhance coping skills, create a plan for achieving lasting behavior change, and explore sources of stress and their personal responses to them.

The program fee is $100, and group discounts are available. To register, call 870-4444 and reference No. 44708. The program is part of the 2009 Leadership Series and is sponsored by the CMC Small Business Resource Center.

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