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Paragon Announces Multiple VP Appointments


Paragon Bank today announced the promotions of Chondrea Black to First Vice President, Deborah Howell to Senior Bank Accountant and Vice President, and Kathleen Lewis to First Vice President. Black reports to Marshall Talley, Executive Vice President, Howell reports to Tracey Thesmar, Controller and First Vice President, and Lewis reports to Carol McConkey, Senior Vice President of Consumer Banking.

“Chondrea, Deborah and Kathleen have all been tremendous assets to our team at Paragon,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “They set high standards and provide quality customer service to our clients. We’re excited for their continued growth in each of their new positions.”

As First Vice President of Credit and Compliance, Black manages credit operations and oversees regulatory compliance. Black served as Mortgage Operations Manager at Paragon. She has been with Paragon for 11 years and is a Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer. Additionally, Black served as a steering committee chair for Mid-South Regulatory Compliance Group.

Howell has been with Paragon for 11 years, and in her new role as Senior Bank Accountant and Vice President, she is responsible for month-end financial reporting, quarterly call report filing with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and regulatory reporting to the Federal Reserve Board. Prior to working at Paragon, she spent over 18 years with National Bank of Commerce advancing from credit card customer service to Senior Financial Assistant. She graduated from the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University) with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting.

In Lewis’ position as First Vice President of Mortgage Operations, she is responsible for providing leadership by overseeing the quality and production of mortgage operations. Additionally, she manages the processing, underwriting, closing and post-closing of mortgage loans by ensuring that the loans meet all guidelines. She has been with Paragon for more than five years, and she knew Paragon was the right fit for her because of the teamwork and customer service the company provides. Lewis received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Kentucky State University.

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