Meet Our President & CEO
Renee Radabaugh, CMP
Renee Radabaugh, CMP is the President and CEO of Paragon Events, Inc. headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida with offices in Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Richmond, VA; and Washington, D.C. Paragon Events Inc. offers meeting and event planning services globally under Renee’s internationally recognized management.
Renee has over 30 years of experience in the event planning and event marketing industry, specializing in corporate, government, nonprofit, healthcare, and high-end social events, as well as large-scale meetings, conferences and tradeshows.
Founded by Renee in 1989, Paragon Events Inc. has evolved into a multifaceted, award-winning organization that provides complete marketing solutions, corporate brand strategy, association management, corporate incentives, destination management, and environmentally-friendly eco-events in addition to comprehensive, tried-and-true event planning services.
Renee leads an award-winning internship program, internationally recognized as an “Internship of Excellence,” that attracts industry applicants from around the world and boasts a high post-internship job placement rate.
In 2013, Paragon Events Inc. broadened its horizons with the creation of Cultural Explorations Cuba, a travel management company that specializes in providing rewarding experiences and cultivating meetings and events to the formerly forbidden and beautifully mysterious island of Cuba. The company has become an extension of Paragon Events Inc., organizing trips and programs for over 1000 travelers since its inception. Cultural Explorations Cuba is an expert at securing both hotel and meeting space and offering exclusive activities such as private visits to the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Havana.
Today, Renee Radabaugh is an acclaimed industry leader and is regularly asked to author content for various publications. In addition, Renee has presented on a number of industry topics including leadership, crisis management, cultural events, experiential travel, and the latest, innovative trends. To download Renee’s speaking overview, please click here.
Renee presenting at the 2018 BizBash Live Florida event on “Cuba: Events, Explorations, and Everything You Need to Know.”
Lights, Camera, Crisis: Renee Radabaugh covers crisis management at MPI South Florida’s January 2018 Education event.
Renee is the moderator for MPI South Florida’s May Education Event at Marlin’s Park Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Renee Radabaugh’s Notable Awards, Recognition & Publications
Renee Radabaugh featured on the November issue of MPI’s The Meetings Professional Magazine.
Featured Speaker: Renee presented on Cultural Explorations Cuba at the 2018 BizBash Live Florida event. Renee’s featured session was titled “Cuba: Events, Explorations, and Everything You Need to Know.”
Recognized as a 2018 Trendsetter by Meetings Today magazine. This elite group is celebrated for propelling the industry with “cutting-edge ideas, ceaseless dedication and seemingly endless advocacy”.
Named 2017 Enterprising Women Of The Year by Enterprising Women Magazine. This prestigious award recognizes the world’s top women entrepreneurs and honors Renee’s business growth, active mentoring and support of other women and girls, and is a tribute to her leadership.
Appointed to the Association for Women in Events (AWE) Board of Directors for the 2017-2019 term, working to support the career advancement of women in the event industry.
Named ‘Meeting Planner of the Year’ by Meeting Professionals International South Florida Chapter (MPISFL). This prestigious award recognizes the talent of Paragon Events under Renee’s esteemed leadership.
Featured Speaker: Renee presented on Paragon Events’ travel division, Cultural Explorations Cuba at REVEAL 2015 for the North America & Caribbean region.
Featured Speaker: Renee introduced Paragon Events’ travel division, Cultural Explorations Cuba at BizBash Live: The Expo 2015. Click here to watch the full presentation.
Featured Moderator: Renee spoke at MPI South Florida’s “Partnering with Your Industry Professional Globally” at the Marlin’s Park Stadium.
Appointed to the Industry Advisory Council of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), serving over 130 premier four-and five-star luxury hotels, both nationally and worldwide.
Named “Influencer in the Meeting Planning Industry” by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and One+ Magazine.
Recognized by Convention South Magazine as a 2013 “Meeting Planner to Watch.” CSM is the leading meetings’ industry magazine since 1983.
Featured by the strategic investment group American Express Venture Magazine as a Notable Entrepreneur in the U.S.
Recognized by Boca Raton Magazine in its “People to Watch” featured article. This series highlights the best of the best in South Florida.
Featured Presenter: For the second consecutive year, Renee is invited to speak at the 2014 MPI WEC in Minneapolis, MN.
Featured Presenter: Renee spoke at the 2013 Meeting Professionals International World Education Conference (MPI WEC) in Las Vegas, NV.
In The Press
Expert articles, quotes, and anecdotes by Renee and the Paragon Events team have been published in Special Events Magazine, Successful Meetings Magazine, Orlando Business Journal, Boca Raton Magazine, American Express Venture Magazine, Delray Beach Magazine, the Sun Sentinel, Convention South Magazine, South Florida Magazine, MPI’s One+ Magazine, MPI’s The Meeting Professional, BizBash website and more. To inquire about a quote or learn more about our featured articles, please click the button below to view our Press page.