John is proud to be one of the founding Directors of Paragon and with a total of 20 years insurance experience he understand his clients needs and can be there to provide insurance solutions should the unexpected happen. His goal at Paragon, a family owned business with fellow Director and wife, Robyn, is to provide peace of mind and build long lasting relationships with clients and their team and for their employee's to always act in the clients best interest.
An ex-farmer, John brings a relaxed approach to the insurance discussion and whilst he works with all sectors of the business and personal market, John’s rural background means he has a great understanding of his rural clients needs and the environment they live and work in. He loves to get out of the office and to visit clients in their home environment so they are comfortable.
John and his wife Robyn enjoy their extended family of five children and two grandchildren and are proud to say that all five have currently returned to live in the Taranaki region... long may it last. They remain connected to their farming roots via their off road adventures in their Yamaha YXZ side by side and are also keen healthy living advocates and both enjoy a variety of sports.
When asked why do we have insurances? Steve believes that love motivates us towards insurance. We love our families and our lives and don’t want to leave a legacy of financial hardship. This caring attitude is what drives Steve to be your insurance advocate. As a passionate surfer, Steve understands that his Taranaki clients choose to be here for lifestyle reasons. This means Steve values the ability to give his clients time… time to relax and discuss their needs either at the office or the client’s home – or out the back of the surf break!
Steve shares his love of the surf and outdoors with his two teenage boys who are still living at home with him and his wife Judith and keeping Steve young at heart.
With 20+ years in offering insurance advice, 16 of which have been as a founding director of Paragon, Steve is focused on building long term relationships with clients who agree that insurance is all about protecting our unique lifestyles.
Robyn has been part of the Paragon team since the day we opened our doors. At the time Robyn was a farm business consultant and Mum to two, but it soon became apparent that Robyn's passion to build Paragon to a successful sustainable business focused on the clients needs always being paramount and great customer service, would mean this would become a fulltime role.
More recently added to these founding principles is the desire to ensure the Paragon team has every opportunity to be the best version of themselves and as such Robyn's passion for the industry and knowledge means she loves to show others what this industry has to offer.
Outside of the office, Robyn's passions are her family and wellbeing for herself and others being a bit of a fitness junkie. As such the recent launch by one of Paragon's suppliers of AIA Vitality is an exciting initiative that means her involvement in this industry is well cemented.
Associate Adviser, James Thompson now boasts a total of 7 years experience in the insurance industry. James has a very personable approach and ensures clients are at ease in understanding the financial implications of their situation and how insurance can protect the things they value most.... Their ability to earn, their livelihood and loved ones. James is very passionate about the value of insurance and provides end to end service, being a loyal and supportive advocate to his clients at both application and claim time.
Born and bred in Taranaki, he and his son, Jacob make full use of the fantastic Taranaki lifestyle. James is a valued member of the Paragon team, where he predominantly works with local businesses, professionals and families. He looks forward to building relationships that will last for many years, as people move through their careers and life stages.
Vanessa Clouder joined the Paragon team in January 2021 as PA to John Harrison. Vanessa brings significant financial services experience from her roles at Central Finance and previous to that at ASB Bank. Vanessa also brings PA experience from her role at Central Finance. Vanessa's strength and passion is her strong organisational skills and building great relationships which will enable her to ensure the customer experience at Paragon is second to none.
As John's PA, Vanessa can help with all your enquiries from making appointments to see John, to alterations, applications and claims and Vanessa's bubbly personality will shine through when you call by the office or on the phone.
Vanessa and her husband have made New Plymouth their home after re-locating a few years ago from Auckland. Their family consists of their much loved animals and Vanessa enjoys keeping fit and active in her spare time.
Brenda has returned to Paragon after having her family, and currently works Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays as Steve Teague's PA. Brenda's over 12 years combined experience at Paragon and for Rosie Glasgow Mortgages means she has a full understanding of all aspects of client care and as such her friendly and efficient approach will ensure all enquiries for Paragon's clients are handled with ease.
Brenda and her husband Scott, and two beautiful daughters are a outdoors loving family and along with their close extended family love their Taranaki lifestyle.
Zoë initially joined Paragon in August 2012 and worked in varying administrative roles through until April 2017 when she left to travel overseas and explore other opportunities. Zoe returned to Paragon for a fixed term contract in administration in January 2020 and is likely to be the friendly face at reception should you call into our offices or the welcoming voice on the phone if you call and her combined years of experience means she can assist you with all your enquiries.
In her own time, Zoe, partner Riki and Weirmaraner Kyo love to spend their time at the beach or seeking out good coffee.
Jay Harrison has joined the Paragon team on a fixed term contract from January 2021 until late July 2021 when he will take up a US College Scholarship to attend college and play college tennis in America. Paragon has sponsored Jay as a tennis player for the past six months, so offering him some employment to enable him to fulfill his dream of US College was the next step. Jay is intending to study a Business degree and will determine his major once he completes the general year.
As Paragon's Vitality assistant, Jay offers Paragon clients assistance and advice to ensure they take full advantage of the AIA Vitality programme. In addition he is assisting Director John Harrison as his para planner and also doing some project work for Paragon to give him an introduction to Business.
Jay's work at Paragon is flexible to enable him to train both in the gym and on court and also travel to Wellington each weekend to play in the Premier One Interclub team for Khandallah and also compete in National events until his departure.
Juno, has been a regular at the office since March 2018 and will often be the first to welcome clients to the office or found basking in the sun on the reception chairs.
Juno - yes named after good local Taranaki Gin brand, Juno Gin, will hopefully make your office experience relaxed as he often wanders in to ensure the team are meeting your needs whilst at the office.