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Jon Anselma

Co-Founder / CEO & President

Jon Anselma co-founded Paragon Financial with Michael Rossi in 1994, with the goal of providing growing businesses an alternative to conventional bank financing and better service through direct access to decision makers.  The firm is deeply rooted in this philosophy and has factored over $2 billion dollars for small to mid-sized companies.

As the CEO and President of Paragon Financial, Anselma excels at relationship building and developing funding solutions that focus on the needs of their clients. Headquartered in Miami with offices in Toronto, Atlanta, Manhattan, Carlsbad, and Nashville they service businesses of all sizes across many industries in the United States. He is responsible for managing the company’s sales and underwriting efforts as well as encouraging a company philosophy of understanding client needs to help them reach their goals.

He is well-known in the factoring industry and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Commercial Finance Association, the Assignment of Claims Act Working Group, and previously served on the Advisory Board for the International Factoring Association. Most recently, Anselma became the 2020 John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center Alumni Award recipient from the University of Tampa. He is frequently called upon by media for his expertise in factoring and commercial lending. Jon has appeared on National Business Review, written numerous articles, and been featured in numerous national publications including the Secured Lender, Cash Flow Exclusive, and the Commercial Factor.

Anselma holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Tampa.

Daniel Rodrigue

Director of Sales

During the past 18+ years, Daniel Rodrigue has been involved in various forms of finance. From consumer to commercial finance, he has excelled at building teams that perform. The majority of his time has been spent building or re-building sales departments with a major focus on improving process and results through training and technology. The results have been outstanding while possessing the ability to tailor solutions unique to each situation, exceeding goals and targets, regardless of industry affiliation.

The first 6 years of his career were spent with a small Venture Capital group of investors that were predominately related to the Mortgage Industry (Consumer and some Commercial). During that time Daniel took a startup from $0 in sales to over $5 million in top line sales in under 3 years while branching off and developing a commercial side of the business selling both B2C and B2B solutions. This lead to other business opportunities, and helping to turn failing sales divisions around for the next 5 years.

From there Mr. Rodrigue was recruited into the Commercial Finance arena starting with Bibby Financial Services, where he again turned around a failing sales unit to be a top producing sales unit within 1 year of service. After which, he was tapped to be the National Sales Manager within First Capital under the First Growth Capital division. Daniel has extensive knowledge and experience in developing both internal and external sales teams to achieve results. He has been extremely active in youth sports with his community and, in the past, served as a volunteer board member for the Western Communities Football League in Wellington, FL serving over 1,000 kids annually through flag and tackle football programs. He continues to enjoy watching his daughter in competitive dance and his son play travel baseball. There are even times he can manage to do some fishing, but not always catching!

Tom Longo

Senior Vice President

Tom Longo serves as Senior Vice President at Paragon Financial Group, responsible for underwriting, and developing and maintaining factoring policies. He is known for his creative solutions and devising strategies to factor companies others would have turned away. He was responsible for introducing Documents in Possession Financing as an alternative to Letters of Credit, giving factors more control over the process, and manages all DIP accounts at Paragon.

Prior to joining Paragon in 1998, Longo was a comptroller at Iron Horse. This is a U.S. based bicycle manufacturer where he first became exposed to factoring and was responsible for maintaining the factoring relationship. Previously, he was comptroller for Pavermodule of Florida, Inc. from 1993 to 1996.

Longo served in the U.S. Army as a platoon leader and graduated with distinguished honors. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business from Florida Atlantic University.

Scott Norris

Portfolio Manager

Scott Norris serves as Portfolio Manager at Paragon Financial Group. He is responsible for the Risk Management and profitability of Paragon’s diverse portfolio. Scott manages a team of Relationship Managers, Assistant Relationship Managers and Cash posting personnel, ensuring Paragon’s capital is appropriately managed and serviced according to underlying Factoring agreements and internal credit policies.

Scott takes pride in leading our team in delivering exceptional customer service while proactively mitigating portfolio risk. Additional responsibilities include resolving client issues, training and development of team members and identifying and addressing credit issues. Prior to Scott’s Factoring career inception in 2009, he served as Registered Representative with Fidelity Investments in their 401K and 403B employer sponsored plan markets. Scott has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Deborah Segovia, MBA, CSSBB

Director of Operations

Deborah Segovia joined Paragon in 2014 and has held numerous positions leading to her current role as Director of Operations. Her responsibilities include spearheading process improvement projects to facilitate everyday processes, mitigate risks, and educate the team and clients. She drives business strategies and develops organizational effectiveness across all departments using her knowledge in Lean Six Sigma.

Deb is an American Society for Quality’s (ASQ) Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. She has over 12 years’ experience in operations and process improvement across several industries. She earned her master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Process Improvement from Nova Southeastern University in 2018 with honors.

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