Paragon's Senior Management Team (l to r): Lewis Perkins, Hank Word, Carol McConkey, Andy Taylor, Robert Shaw, Mike Edwards, Gordin McMurtry, Wayne Littleton, and Marshall Talley
Robert Shaw is the Chief Executive Officer of Paragon Bank and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a twenty-six year veteran of the financial industry and a recognized leader in banking. He previously served in several executive level positions at another community bank, including President and Chief Operations Officer. Holding a Bachelor and Master of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi, Robert is a certified public accountant and a graduate of the American Bankers' Association National Commercial Lending School. He has served as an honorary co-chair of the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala for two years and he annually serves as a celebrity waiter at the Celebrity Chefs Gala benefiting the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. He is active in Woodland Presbyterian Church, having served as an elder and on numerous committees and boards. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Woodland Presbyterian School and Chairman of the Pinecrest Camp and Conference Committee Long-Range Planning Task Force.
Michael A. Edwards is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Paragon Bank and a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to joining Paragon, Mr. Edwards was with a regional bank in the Memphis area for 30 years where he served in a variety of positions including president of the Memphis area. Mr. Edwards received his bachelor's degree in political science with a concentration in finance and accounting from Rhodes College and attended the Southwestern School of Banking at Southern Methodist University and the Barrett School of Banking at the University of Memphis. He currently serves as a member of the Orpheum Theatre Memphis Board, the United Way of the Mid South Board and the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy Board. He is the past chair of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Board. Mr. Edwards has also been involved with the Tennessee Bankers Association, Leadership Germantown, the Germantown Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce.
Lewis W. Perkins, III is the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. In this role, he is responsible for financial reporting, fee-based businesses, liquidity, deposit operations, information systems, property management and asset liability management. Lewis received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in accounting from the University of Memphis. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is an active member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Tennessee Society of CPAs, where he serves on the Financial Institution Committee.
Andrew Taylor is the Executive Vice President and Senior Credit Officer at Paragon. He is responsible for the bank's credit administration and overall credit quality. Andy's experience in commercial lending and retail banking for both a large regional financial institution as well as a small community bank dates back to 1992. Andy holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He serves yearly as the coordinator for Paragon's efforts in the Hands on Memphis Servathon.
Wayne Littleton is Senior Vice President and Manager of Private Banking. He has more than 27 years of banking experience, which includes experience as a Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing from Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tenn. He is a former Treasurer and Board Member and a current member of the Memphis Civitan Club. Wayne is also active in his community as a member of Germantown Church of Christ and a volunteer for the Mid-South Food Bank and MIFA.
Carol McConkey is the Senior Vice President and Senior Consumer Banking Officer at Paragon. A thirty-two year veteran of the financial services industry, Carol is responsible for mortgage lending and retail banking. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Loan Committee for United Housing, Inc., a non-profit housing agency serving the low to moderate income borrowers of the Memphis community. Carol is also the Past President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Memphis. She holds a Direct Endorsement certification from the Federal Housing Administration and attended the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business and Economics.
Gordin McMurtry is the Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending at Paragon. He has 16 years of banking experience, which includes such leadership as Senior Vice President and Business Banking Sales Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Master of Business Administration (in finance). He is also a member of the Downtown Memphis Rotary Club and sits on the board of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Marshall Talley is the Senior Credit Officer and a Senior Vice President. He is responsible for Paragon’s loan policy and compliance, and he monitors the quality of the loan portfolio. He has over 20 years of experience in banking, including previous experience as a Senior Credit Officer. He received his BBA in Accounting from Memphis State University.
Hank Word is the Senior Vice President of Information Technology and Operations. He has attended Sewanee: The University of the South, and earned his Bachelors from The University of Memphis. Before coming to Paragon, Hank was in a network administrator position at another community bank. He is active in the community, volunteering often with MIFA.