Since 1989, Paragon Promotions has safely conducted fundraising programs in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Each year, these programs bring in millions of dollars of revenue for these schools and organizations.
Our product sales programs have proven consistently to be the most effective and financially rewarding fundraising option for our customers. At Paragon, we strive to help schools and organizations raise optimal dollars while providing the unmatched services that set us apart from other fundraising organizations.
Simply put, our programs are easy. From motivating and educating the students at the Kick-Off Assembly to counting your proceeds for you on Money Day, your partnership with Paragon will be enjoyable from start to finish – we promise!
Our secret is our people.
Tom graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Business with a major in marketing. After spending five years with Sun Oil Company as a Petroleum Landman, Tom came back to Evansville to marry his wife Diane Reitz. He then began his career in Product Fundraising with Promar, Inc. as a Sale Representative and was there for 3 years. In 1989, Tom and Diane founded Paragon Promotions, Inc., using their living room as their first “warehouse space.” Tom and Diane have 3 children, Patrick, Lainie, and Sarah. Each have contributed to the growth and success of Paragon from an early age and continue to do so.
Diane and her husband, Tom, are the founders of Paragon Promotions. Since the company’s inception in 1989, Diane has served as the Chief Financial Officer and guided the company to a ten-fold sales increase. She has seen her company grow from 6 to 130 full and part-time local employees. Diane has six sisters, and all helped Paragon get its start. Three of them, Martha Reitz Steckler, Chris McNeely, and Kathy Reitz, continue to actively work in the business. Tom and Diane have three children, Patrick, Lainie, and Sarah. Each of them contribute to the family business.
Martha has been employed by Paragon Promotions since 1996, and before that time she also helped her sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Tom Stone, tally order forms and pack product for Paragon fundraisers. Martha graduated from Indiana State University with an Associates Degree in Business in 1976. She worked for Bristol-Meyers Squibb for 19 years as a coordinator in the Marketing Services Department. It was a natural transition to work as an outside sales representative for Paragon, and in 2005 she was promoted to Vice President of Sales. She married for the first time at age 57 to Allen Steckler and continues to enjoy her sales job at Paragon Promotions.
Corbin graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He started working at Paragon in August of 2018, learning the insides of the business. Starting in the warehouse preparing the orders for schools, assuring the deliveries went well, and helping excite students during their prize events, has given him the knowledge of how Paragon operates. Corbin is now a Project Consultant and strives to help schools raise funds to benefit their students, classrooms, and facilities.
Marquis is a product of the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation as a graduate of Harrison High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis where he attended on an athletic scholarship. Marquis began his professional career in sales. He first joined the Paragon family in 2008 as a production and delivery employee. He then transitioned into the social services field. After spending time providing services to families that included family reunification, education and community support services, he joined the EVSC as a behavior interventionist. Marquis has taught in the classroom, and has coached elementary and middle school track and basketball. He continues helping youth, recently coaching football for the Midwest Football Academy. Marquis rejoined Paragon as a Project Consultant in 2019.
Contact us to get your fundraising started right away. Your partnership with Paragon
will be enjoyable from start to finish – we promise!
• At Paragon we are dedicated to the safety of our children.
• During every kick-off program, we have emphasized and will continue to emphasize the issue of safety.
• Students are guided to take orders from people that they know (relatives, family friends, associates at Mom and Dad’s workplaces, friends at church, etc.)
• The students are then reminded not to go out selling door-to-door, especially to a stranger’s house.
• These same principles are spelled out in the Parent Letter that is attached to each child’s brochure(s).
• Because of our emphasis on children’s safety, many schools that are under board policy for no door-to-door sales, are still able to conduct product fundraisers very effectively.
Our sales rep did a great job of getting the students excited about selling the items. Delivery was easy and organized.
Paragon makes fundraising a very enjoyable experience for all who are involved. They have been exceptional with their quality and service of merchandise and prizes. Our school now looks forward to previewing brochures and selling to help purchase items that benefit our educational needs.
From the first day that your rep came into our school with those delicious cookies, it has been a blessing working with such an upstanding, capable, but yet caring company. I honestly feel that Paragon works with their customers on such a personal level that it becomes a friendship also… I look forward to many more years with Paragon.