Management Team

Jim Perry, Chief Executive Officer

Mark Medlin, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Bob Collins, President and Co-Founder

Cathy Gardner, Vice President, Core Technologies

Jim Perry, Chief Executive Officer

Jim Perry, with over 25 years of global experience in the electronic payments industry, is Chief Executive Officer for Paragon Application Systems. Jim has successfully built the Paragon sales organization worldwide and has significantly increased sales of Paragon solutions. Jim has extensive experience in sales, marketing, business development and strategic alliance activities. Prior to working at Paragon, Jim was VP of Product Marketing and Global Alliances for ACI Worldwide where he established the strategic alliances group and implemented global plans with market leading organizations such as IBM, HP, Sun, Microsoft, NCR, Diebold, Wincor, Visa and MasterCard.

Mark Medlin, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Mark Medlin is Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Paragon Application Systems. Mark has been instrumental in the design and development of Paragon's product suite and in implementing Agile software development. Prior to co-founding Paragon Application Systems in 1994, Mark developed, customized and installed ATM/EFT solutions for SDM International, Inc (now part of ACI Worldwide). Mark began at Paragon as a lead developer. As Paragon's customer base grew, he assumed the role of Customer Support Manager where he directed the adoption of structured customer support processes. In 2004, Mark became Development Manager and was promoted to VP of Product Development in June 2005.  In 2014, Mark was promoted to Chief Technology Officer. Mark has over 20 years of ePayments experience.

Bob Collins, President and Co-Founder

Bob Collins is President and co-founder of Paragon Application Systems. Bob is responsible for ensuring successful customer deployment and continued customer satisfaction with Paragon Solutions. Bob has hands-on experience developing and using Paragon's solutions to test a wide variety of financial message formats, and has set the standard for providing exemplary technical support to Paragon's clients. Prior to co-founding Paragon Bob worked with SDM International, Inc. (now part of ACI Worldwide) where he provided development, customization and on-site integration assistance of SDM's ATM/EFT products worldwide. Bob has over 20 years of ATM/EFT experience which he has used to help position Paragon as one of the industry's leaders in customer satisfaction and repeat business.

Cathy Gardner, Vice President, Core Technologies

Cathy Gardner, with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, joined Paragon Application Systems initially as Product Support Manager and currently serves as VP, Core Technologies. Cathy has been instrumental in optimizing Paragon's Professional Services offerings. Cathy worked for Coastal Federal Credit Union for 19 years where she was the EFT/ATM support liaison which allowed her to work with a variety of network platforms and serve in support roles both for internal and external customers in operations, back-office, conversion project management, communications, mainframe and server environments. Before coming to Paragon, Ms. Gardner worked as a consultant for implementation and upgrades of EFT/ATM software at financial institutions within the U.S.