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Paragon’s Andrew Rees featured in Aperian’s Newsletter

We are excited to share that Paragon’s own Andrew Rees was highlighted in Aperian Global’s August Newsletter. See the article below. 

Spotlight on Paragon’s Andrew Rees

Australian-born Andrew Rees recently relocated to Hong Kong, taking a new position as Director of Business Relations Asia Pacific for Paragon Relocation. We had a chance to speak with him about his recent move, including his experience participating in Aperian Global’s cross-cultural training course, Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Andrew is no stranger to the expat world. In addition to his home country, Andrew has lived in Switzerland, USA, Japan, Ireland and now adds Hong Kong to the list. He holds a business and marketing degree from the prestigious RMIT University in Melbourne and, prior to Paragon, worked in telecommunications and market research. Andrew began his career at Paragon three years ago in Dublin, Ireland where he served as Managing Consultant. His responsibilities primarily involved regional client development and program implementation. In his new role in Hong Kong, Andrew’s primary responsibilities include working with CAT and further developing Paragon’s presence within the region, with emphasis on China and other emerging markets.

As part of their transition to Hong Kong, Andrew and his spouse Chloe recently participated in Aperian Global’s cross-cultural training program we asked him for his feedback on the session. As the Rees’ have already been in Hong Kong for a couple of months, the agenda was tailored to meet their specific needs which were primarily business focused. Customization of programs is a standard practice at Aperian. Despite their vast international experience, they found the program to be of real benefit in understanding business-level interactions in Hong Kong. The training also helped them to articulate things that they had been thinking about and experiencing in their new culture. It was also beneficial in helping them to understand where they are at currently in the process of adjustment and to help plan for the future.

For Andrew’s spouse, who is starting a new position, the session helped her to understand the cultural differences she will experience when she begins working, and also gave her the opportunity to discuss the experiences she has already had during the search process.

Andrew’s personal interests include Travel, Sports (including rowing), and good food – which he notes has been particularly enjoyable in Hong Kong with all of its tasty cuisine.

Paragon’s Craig Selders Promoted to President of Paragon Relocation

Craig Selders has been promoted to executive vice president of Paragon Global Resources and president of Paragon Relocation, which includes Paragon Relocation Holdings.  Selders’ responsibilities include managing Paragon’s global relocation operations and client relations.  In his position, Selders has interfaced with clients and customers all over the United States and throughout the world which has been the basis of his success.

“In his tenure with Paragon, Craig has become an invaluable member of our leadership team.  His vision for the company is exceptional and his dedication to the job unquestionable.  I believe Craig will take Paragon Relocation to new and exciting places,” said Joseph Morabito, president and CEO of Paragon Global Resources.

Selders has 30 years of industry experience and has been with Paragon for six years. Prior to that, he held various senior management positions at several major relocation companies.  Selders holds the senior certified relocation professional (SCRP) and senior global mobility specialist (SGMS) designations, and has earned a Distinguished Service Award as well as the Meritorious Service Award from Worldwide ERC®.  He has served on numerous committees and panels for Worldwide ERC® and other industry conferences. He has been published in various publications, such as Mobility and Energy World, and holds a Texas Real Estate Broker’s license. Selders has a bachelor’s degree in business, with an emphasis in real estate, from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Paragon Relocation announces appointment of Barrie Gilmour, Director of Global Business Development

Paragon Relocation, a leading provider of global relocation solutions is pleased to announce the appointment of Barrie Gilmour as Director of Global Business Development in the EMEA region.

Barrie is a proven and respected global sales executive with extensive experience in the relocation industry. Prior to joining Paragon Relocation, Barrie served as EMEA Sales Director for Cartus, where he proved instrumental in driving business growth in the region. Throughout his professional career, Barrie has developed and managed high yielding sales teams and lead global sales strategies at many organisations including Crown and the Meteorological Office.

In his new position, Barrie will be responsible for directing Paragon Relocation’s sales strategy within the EMEA region, building on Paragon Relocation’s growing reputation in Europe.

“Barrie’s significant experience and deep industry knowledge will bring immediate value to Paragon Relocation” says Liam Brennan, Managing Director of Paragon Relocation. “The addition of Barrie to our team will greatly enhance our global capabilities, scale and reputation. It is our pleasure to welcome Barrie to Paragon Relocation.”

Barrie will be based in Paragon Relocation’s London offices.

Paragon’s Craig Selders Awarded Senior Global Mobility Specialist Designation by Worldwide ERC®

Craig Selders of Paragon Relocation is a member of the first class ever to receive the prestigious Senior Global Mobility Specialist (SGMS) designation by Worldwide ERC®.  Selders is among only 115 industry colleagues to hold the SGMS.  The SGMS is awarded on the basis of continuing education credits as well as service points for considerable contributions of time and expertise to the industry through Worldwide ERC® activity.  In addition, Selders also holds the Senior Certified Relocation Professional (SCRP) designation from Worldwide ERC®.

“Craig is a valuable member of the Paragon staff and a great asset to the industry as a whole,” said Joseph Morabito, President and CEO of Paragon Relocation.

Selders is senior vice president at Paragon. His responsibilities include managing Paragon’s global client base, global operations and overseeing the development of new Paragon subsidiaries. Selders has more than 30 years of industry experience and is based in Houston, Texas.

Free Registration to Worldwide ERC 2010 Global Workforce Symposium to Corporate HR Professionals!

Worldwide ERC® CEO, Peggy Smith, has spoken to many workforce mobility and HR professionals and she has shared their desire to expand the Worldwide ERC® community. We support Peggy’s belief that a bigger community of employer members actively participating and sharing their experience raises the bar on everyone’s performance and success. Increased corporate attendance and engagement broadens the knowledge and capabilities of our entire industry, and that benefits everyone.

On behalf of Paragon Relocation Resources, Inc. and Worldwide ERC® we are excited to offer you a free registration to attend the Worldwide ERC® 2010 Global Workforce Symposium, which will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle October 27-29, 2010. This free registration is available to any corporate HR professional who has not attended the Global Workforce Symposium in three years or more and who signs up to attend. If you are eligible to take advantage of this outstanding offer, simply complete the registration form, starting with the section for first-time corporate HR Attendees. And please feel free to extend this offer to your co-workers! There are a limited number of spaces, so your early response is critical.

China Relocation and International Assignment Survey

China is on the move.

If you are originally from the West, you might think moving to China is a little bit too exotic for you. But perhaps once you arrived to one of China’s major metropolises you might actually find that it has many of the things which you would find at home to make you feel comfortable, including an English speaking expatriate community to form a support system. However, this may not be the case for China Tier 2 or China Tier 3 cities as specified by the Chinese government which are determined by population size and economic growth potential.

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