Paragon Systems, Inc is pleased to announce partnership with Rowan University’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and participation in Rowan’s recent STEM Career Fair

Paragon and its partner, DTCUBED, have collaborated with Rowan University to develop a Paragon-sponsored Certificate of Undergraduate Study in cybersecurity engineering and a Certificate of Graduate Study in cybersecurity engineering for Rowan students. Each certificate program will consist of four courses, including a mixture of required and elective courses. The certificate program seeks to prepare students for LCAT qualifications, as well as the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Security+ exam, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam, and/or careers in cybersecurity.

“We appreciate working with Rowan University, and Pete Mauro at DTCUBED, as part of our educational outreach initiatives. This collaboration will further the career opportunities for Rowan students while adding to our team of cybersecurity experts at Paragon. We will be helping to better prepare a new generation of needed cybersecurity professionals, ultimately making our country safer,” remarked Paragon CEO Tony Sabatino.

Spending time at a recent STEM career fair hosted by Rowan University, the Paragon team met with hundreds of students discussing the future of cybersecurity careers and the importance of educational opportunities directed at real-world application and preparation for required credentials post education.

“These engagements at Rowan further the potential of the teaming opportunity with DTCUBED, its partners, and Paragon in the Philadelphia area and across the country. Paragon’s capabilities with respect to recruiting, onboarding, training, and deployment is extremely valuable to DTCUBED, our partners, and the cybersecurity community at large,” stated Pete Mauro, Founder, DTCUBED. “As a Rowan Electrical & Computer Engineering Advisory Board Member, I look forward to continuing the collaboration and expanding industry influence on the students through practical cybersecurity clinics and the creation of an on-campus cybersecurity training lab utilizing cutting-edge technology.”

Pictured Above: Paragon Board Member & Rowan Adjunct Professor, Mark Roman, stopped by the Paragon booth at Rowan University’s recent STEM career fair where Paragon’s Corporate Recruiter, Lillian Pattugalan, and Corporate VPHR, Lisette Chreene, spent the day talking with interested students.

Paragon and the Public Utility Commission of Texas organized a two-day Cybersecurity Summit on the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas.

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nearly 100 Texas utilities and municipalities attended the summit, sharing knowledge and best practices across the industry and listening to a cadre of speakers, including presentations from both Federal and State entities. “As the facilitator of the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas’ Cybersecurity Monitor Program, Paragon was excited to work with the PUC and bring utilities and cybersecurity experts together,” mentioned Ron Hickie, Paragon Energy Sector President.

In addition, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services (TEEX) partnered with Paragon to provide tabletop exercises for local utilities and tour the response training facilities available on-site.

The second day of the summit kicked off with several keynote speakers. Cybersecurity experts Mark Roman and Pete Mauro highlighted the ways in which critical infrastructure is in the crosshairs in relation to cybersecurity threats and concerns. Brandi Martin, from the Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), followed, offering valuable insight into the current offerings and project focuses of CESER.

The event wrapped with a resource panel attended by CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency), the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Department of Information Resources (DIR).

“Paragon’s expanding cybersecurity offering combined with our robust solutions in physical security, risk management, and security technology was experienced firsthand by summit participants. Being able to bring together key stakeholders in the utility industry and facilitate knowledge sharing at this first-of-its-kind event provides the ability to further strengthen our country’s infrastructure,” commented Paragon CEO Tony Sabatino.

Work on the 2023 cybersecurity summit has already begun.

Paragon promotes Sean O’Brien to newly created Executive Vice President, Business Development, driving organizational advancement for the commercial and federal business development teams.

HERNDON, Va., Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —

Sean will drive growth and development across all business sectors encompassing federal and commercial business development. Joining Paragon in 2020, following his progressive success since 2012 with affiliate Securitas USA (SUSA), Sean has directly supported the acceleration of growth of physical security offerings for the Aerospace & Defense sector. Additionally, Sean has led the integration of combining physical security offerings with specialty cleared commercial services from Paragon Risk Management, Cybersecurity, and Technology Solutions.

Serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corp, Sean led paramilitary training and security operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his service, Sean earned a dual master’s degree in security management and emergency management from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sean’s capabilities and vision will provide the business development and capture management teams additional insight into enhancing service offerings and integrating capabilities across the Federal government and its contractors.

While serving as Vice President of Global National Sales for SUSA, Sean successfully built cohesive growth-oriented entities across geographic and vertical markets and increased brand placement in the marketplace. “Sean’s operational experience in both the public and private sector, coupled with his proven track record to foster widespread organizational growth, will prove valuable as we continue to move the company into the future of safeguarding American assets,” commented Tony Sabatino, Chief Executive Officer.

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Singleton McAllister joins Paragon’s Women in Security Committee as board sponsor

HERNDON, Va., Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Paragon today announced that it is deepening support for its Women in Security initiative by welcoming board member Singleton McAllister to the committee. This initiative was formed, in conjunction with the 2021 hiring of Lisette Chreene, Corporate Vice President of Human Resources, to build awareness of career pathways in security for female employees and prospective candidates.

“Singleton is an extremely valuable addition to the team,” said Tony Sabatino, CEO of Paragon. “I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Singleton in her role on Paragon’s board and I admire how she’s supported her fellow working professionals in past experiences as the vice chair of the National Women’s History Museum and former president of Women in Government Relations Inc. I appreciate the leadership and experience Singleton will bring to her work with Paragon’s Women in Security Committee.”

McAllister kicked off her work with the committee at its inaugural meeting, where Sabatino welcomed leaders from across Paragon’s business sectors. Building on one committee member’s powerful message about learning to advocate for herself and the importance of carrying that forward by teaching other women in the industry how to do the same, the committee established its next steps. They plan to develop a broader company outreach campaign to provide additional mentoring and exposure opportunities throughout the organization.

The meeting concluded with words of enthusiasm and guidance from McAllister, who stated, “I am delighted that we are having this conversation. Women should be prevalent in positions across all our sectors, especially in leadership roles. We must be mindful that these goals will take time and effort beyond these conversations, and I look forward to helping take it to the next level.”

Since joining the board in 2017, McAllister has played an active role in the organization. In addition to her work with Paragon, McAllister was recently recognized by Savoy Network as one of 2022’s Most Influential Black Lawyers and as a Top 100 Director by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

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HERNDON, Va., Aug. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Mr. Marohn joins Paragon’s Protective Services sector leadership team with over 25 years of Federal Government law enforcement experience. His distinguished career includes positions at four federal agencies and expertise in complex investigations, process improvement analysis and program development. Marohn most recently served as the Assistant Director for Federal Protective Services (DHS). “Robert’s achievements in leading successful teams and improving procedural integrity will further enhance our Quality Control programs. We look forward to his added insight,” remarked Paragon Protective Services President Les Kaciban.   

In his role with Paragon, Marohn will oversee the development and evaluation of the Quality Control team. In addition, he will focus on verifying the effectiveness of implemented solutions and will perform investigations as required. “Paragon’s elite training and quality control capabilities drive our successful offerings. Adding Robert’s expertise to the team further strengthens the implementation of our robust programs,” stated Paragon CEO Tony Sabatino.

In support of Paragon’s U.S. Marshals Service contracts across the country, Marohn will be based in Paragon’s corporate office in Herndon, Virginia.


Paragon employs over 12,000 professionals in specialized operations providing security, fire, investigations, inspections, cybersecurity, risk management, and mission support services to the U.S. Federal Government and other critical infrastructure clients. Paragon is Safeguarding American Assets at home and abroad.

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Lisette Chreene joins Paragon Systems, Inc. corporate leadership team with specific responsibilities in talent acquisition, diversity programs, employee development, and strategy.

Joining Paragon following a notable career with affiliate Securitas USA, Lisette will lead human resource organizational efforts across both Paragon and Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc. Most recently serving as the Vice President, Talent Development, for the entire 100,000 employee Guarding business unit at Securitas USA, Lisette worked to build a robust management training program and enhance the onboarding processes. Prior to that position, Lisette spent nearly a decade as the Vice President, Human Resources for Securitas USA’s Pacific Region. In that role, Lisette led employee engagement, development, and recruitment efforts for an employee base 17,000 strong.

Throughout her career Lisette has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including Training Magazine’s Top Young Trainer and is featured in TD magazine’s August 2020 article An Onboarding Makeover to Match a Hiring Boom.

In her role Lisette will work to expand current recruitment and development programs, as well as enhance the safety and diversity programs currently in place. “Lisette’s proven capability to engage operational leadership in fostering development opportunities, in conjunction with her passion for providing employees a strong workplace culture will be invaluable to Paragon and SCIS,” commented Tony Sabatino, Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to have her leading our workforce as we remain focused on safeguarding American assets at home and abroad.”

Paragon Systems, Inc. announces Jack Stem as Senior Vice President, Business Development.

Stem joins Paragon’s leadership team with over 30 years of public and private service in the defense industry. Following his retirement from the U.S. Navy, Stem focused on Federal business development with Department of Defense contractors helping to grow both industry partnerships and service capabilities. “I am very glad to have Jack joining our team. Jack’s wealth of industry knowledge, expertise, and organizational leadership is a strong, complimentary addition,” commented Tony Sabatino, Chief Executive Officer.

The addition of Stem will further shape the robust capture management and business development team Paragon has built in support of enhancing service offerings and integrating capabilities for the Federal government and its contractors.

Stem, a Naval Academy graduate, will be responsible for spearheading the Federal business development strategy, developing teaming arrangements and industry partnerships, as well as driving organizational growth. “Jack has been instrumental in the leadership and success of capture management teams within the Federal sector. We look forward to a continuation of that success,” remarked Sabatino.

Retiring SVP, Rob Rubin, will remain with Paragon as Managing Director supporting business development and growth strategies.

Focusing on the future and building upon its reputation for Federal services expertise, Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc. (SCIS) rebrands under subsidiary Paragon Systems, Inc.’s (Paragon) name.

Following several investments in enhanced expertise and solutions capabilities, SCIS is consolidating under the Paragon brand. Both SCIS and Paragon have a proud history in protecting some of the nation’s most critical infrastructure. The historical values and commitment to exceptional service remain the company’s focus. This rebranding strategy reflects both the evolution of the company and its ongoing expansion into new and adjacent markets.

Read the full press release here.

Paragon is investing in the creation of a new Sector offering risk management solutions for its clients. Paragon Risk Management will offer a wide range of solutions including: Risk Advisory, Security Management, Industrial Security, Protection, Emergency Response, and Intelligence. These specialized solutions, combined with existing uniformed security services and technology, provide comprehensive program capabilities for emergency or one-time events and long-term dedicated personnel.

Paragon has hired Jay Jones to lead the new Sector. Most recently serving as the Washington, DC, field office director for Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, Jay provided specialized risk management services to companies around the world. Prior to his role at Pinkerton, Jay led and supported award-winning global security, emergency management, and business continuity programs for several multinational corporations in the aerospace and defense industries and for the Federal Government.

“Expanding our service offerings to include highly sought-after risk management solutions adds tremendous value for Paragon’s and Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services’ [SCIS] clients, while leveraging the 170 years of expertise and global resources of our affiliate, Pinkerton. Jay’s experience and understanding of holistic security risk management across both the Federal Government and cleared contractor environments allows us to uniquely tailor our solutions, meeting a wide range of client requirements,” commented Tony Sabatino, SCIS Chief Executive Officer.   

Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc. (SCIS) announces Tony Sabatino as its new Chief Executive Officer, who succeeds the retiring Kevin Sandkuhler.

“The Board is very pleased to have Tony join SCIS. We began working with Tony in 2016 when he assisted us with the formation of the Investigations Sector. Tony remained engaged in an advisory role and earlier this year supported our expansion with the acquisition of specific assets from MSM Security Services, LLC” commented James Freeze, MG USA (Ret), Chairman of the Board, SCIS.

Sabatino joins SCIS after 28 years with Securitas USA (SUSA) where he began his career as a Management Trainee. In 2015, he was promoted to Executive Vice President, North American Division, with responsibilities for strategy, marketing, communications, corporate development, and special projects. He coordinated several acquisitions including the 2016 Diebold Electronic Security purchase, built the Marketing and Communications department for SUSA, developed and led a transformational companywide security solutions sales campaign, and he has earned a reputation for successfully leading large scale, complex projects. Prior to his role as EVP, Tony served for 12 years as Region President, Pacific Region, SUSA’s largest Region, where he led the Region to consistent and significant growth.

According to Freeze, “Over the past ten months, Tony initiated and coordinated the creation of a longterm development strategy for SCIS which identified adjacent growth areas within the Federal market. As CEO, Tony will lead us in the execution of this strategy and beyond.” Sabatino will use his demonstrated skills and extensive experience to broaden the reach of SCIS and integrate the service platforms of the organization.

SCIS employs over 14,000 professionals in specialized operations providing security, fire, emergency response, investigations, inspections, and mission support services to the US Federal Government and other critical infrastructure clients.