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Member profile: Mike Wilkinson, Paragon Innovations

by Suellen Price, contributing writer

There’s a big void between an idea and reality.

Paragon Innovations is the bridge.

A long-time member of Tech Titans, Mike Wilkinson started Paragon more than 30 years ago to turn ideas into revenue-generating products.

From start-ups to Fortune 500 clients, Paragon has helped deliver engineering and product development expertise to develop products and take ideas to market.

Mike’s drive and determination have been evident his entire life: Eagle Scout at 13, software consultant in high school, and an electrical engineering degree from Texas A&M. Only three years after graduation, Mike started his company and landed his first big customer, developing a cardiac monitoring device.

"Sailors, with their built-in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world." —Nicholas Monsarrat

Every step of Paragon's journey has been informed by Wilkinson's desire to succeed the right way – through an unwavering focus on core values he's held throughout his career.

“Our core values are an integral part of Paragon’s success,” he said. “Community First is one of our core values and our way of giving back, building a better community, and allowing me to be involved in our industry. I care deeply about our community and like watching the area grow. We have become a powerful tech and engineering cluster that has the potential to overtake Silicon Valley as the largest technology community. The recent arrival of many tech companies proves we are a premier location and on the right track.”

“The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea.” ― Isak Dinesen

Every customer is treated like family with their company core values as our driving force:

  • Integrity first
  • Respect
  • Courage
  • Accountability
  • Community service
Those values are not left at the door. Mike shares his knowledge and success with others in the community - including the Boy Scouts of America, Texas A&M, local chambers of commerce and other academic institutions. Plus, he’s served on the board of directors of Tech Titans, as well as leading other committees and forums.

“Tech Titans is a trade association dedicated to the technology community locally,” he said. “I have formed long-lasting relationships that continue to this day. How else can you visit the Lockheed Martin F-35 plant and tour the state-of-the-art TI Fab?”

Why the sea references? When he’s not in land-locked North Texas, Mike is on the water.

“I am a competitive sailor who loves to race boats, cruise on our Gulf Coast and sail the Caribbean,” he said. He loves to sail for fun and race to win. He has a 100-ton Master Mariner’s license from the United States Coast Guard (USCG). He races both off-shore and in inland lakes. He also is a certified PADI rescue diver, ASA instructor and certified U.S. sailing race officer.

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