Executive Officers

Hesham M. Gad
CEO of Paragon Technologies
Hesham Gad has been Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors since March 2012, a director of the Company since October 2010, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since May 20, 2014. Mr. Gad is also the Chairman and CEO of SED International Holdings, Inc. (OTC: SEDN). Paragon is the largest shareholder in SED. Mr. Gad is the founder and managing partner of Gad Partners Fund, a value oriented investment partnership launched in 2007, modeled after the 1950’s Buffett Partnerships and based in Athens, GA. Mr. Gad has over 13 years of investment and business management experience. From 2006 to 2007, while earning his MBA, Mr. Gad worked as a freelance securities analyst for UAS Asset Management, a boutique value investment firm in New York City. Mr. Gad is also the author of the internationally published book, “The Business of Value Investing.” Mr. Gad holds a B.A. in finance and an MBA in finance from the University of Georgia.
Deborah Mertz
CFO of Paragon Technologies
Deborah Mertz is an accounting professional with over 30 years of experience in both public and private companies and has held various senior accounting positions. From 1999 to 2006, Ms. Mertz was the Controller and Chief Financial Officer of Sargent Manufacturing Company. Sargent Manufacturing Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY Inc. and manufactures architectural hardware used primarily in commercial construction. Ms. Mertz was also employed as Assistant Controller of ASSA ABLOY Inc. Americas Division from 2006 to 2013. ASSA ABLOY is the largest global supplier of intelligent lock and security solutions. Ms. Mertz is a CPA and has an MBA from Rider University and a B.S. in Accounting from King’s College.

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