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Paragon Communities
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Main Office Location
203 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245


A leading home builder in the Western United States for over twenty years, Paragon executives have been actively involved in land acquisition, entitlement and construction of single-family and multi-family homes, as well as development, construction and management of commercial properties.

Current Focus

Paragon targets a broad spectrum of homebuyers in Southern California with entry-level to high-end, luxury single-family homes. At all times, Paragon remains a “market-driven” company.


Southern California-based, Paragon Communities home building executives together represent more than 60 years of development experience in the Western United States. The company executives have grown to develop more than 18,000 homes with sales in excess of $750 million. Paragon executives have consistently ranked among the top builders in Southern California; and one of its principals, Brian Catalde, has been recognized by the Building Industry Association of Southern California as "Builder of the Year" for 1996. In 1993, he was named "CEO of the Year," by Sales & Marketing Council.

Brian Catalde
Jeffrey Donfeld
Patricia Clack
Dale Catalde
Jay Morin
Marisa San Mateo
Jack Smith
General Counsel
Director of Sales
Director of Operations
Purchasing Manager
Office Manager
Certified Public Accountant

Building Communities

Paragon is considered one of the West's forerunners in the creation of exemplary residential communities. Construction excellence, architectural integrity and time-honored quality are underlying principles for each and every community Paragon builds. Superior customer service helps to create satisfied homebuyers.


Recognized for its depth of knowledge of the real estate development marketplace, Paragon consistently builds the best selling homes in the regions it serves. Paragon boasts a seasoned, talented management team -- known among the building and home buying communities for its integrity, commitment to service and technological innovation. Responsiveness to changing markets and homebuyer profiles has resulted in the creation of communities that truly serve the many diverse needs of the residents.

Lifestyle and Affordability

In its pursuit of excellence, Paragon has designed and priced most of its communities especially for young families who often find it difficult to get started in their first home or to move up as their careers and families grow. The Company strives to offer something more than a quality home. Paragon acknowledges that “lifestyle,” as well as value, is also important to home buyers. Many of Paragon's communities have included new school and park sites and offer recreational amenities that are thoughtfully integrated within the neighborhoods. Accordingly, many of its neighborhoods in Southern California are situated near some of the area's most popular leisure attractions and precious natural resources.



Value Engineering

Paragon attributes much of its success to paying close attention to the changing demands of the home buying public. Today’s buyer wants value, while still demanding a well constructed home. Working with focus groups of consumers in coordination with each of its architects, engineers and subcontractors, Paragon has consistently designed home plans to lower construction costs, while continuing to provide home buyers with the quality and features they value most.

Paragon Communities
Scope of Real Estate Development Activities


Paragon is involved in the full spectrum of real estate development disciplines, from land acquisition and entitlement processing to the construction and sale of homes. Paragon’s multi-faceted duties and responsibilities in the development process include:

    • negotiating and acquiring land,
    • real property subdivision, zoning and mapping,
    • infrastructure planning and improvements,
    • product development and design
    • general contracting and home construction,
    • site supervision,
    • sales and marketing, and
    • customer service.

Methods of Financing

Paragon has established relationships with capital sources, both debt and equity, to provide for the complete financing of the acquisition, development and construction of its portfolio of projects.

Equity contributions are supplemented with traditional A&D and construction loans, credit lines and joint venture arrangements. In addition, Paragon is experienced in accessing the capital markets through various bond financings, including mortgage revenue bonds on redevelopment projects.

Marketing and Sales

At all times, Paragon remains a "market-driven" company. Staying in constant touch with buyer sentiment and competitive pressures, with an eye on the bottom-line, Paragon has always played a pivotal role in designing, managing and implementing a comprehensive marketing program. Utilizing the strength of its in-house marketing professionals, Paragon involves third-party marketing/advertising firms and sales agencies. Paragon's seasoned in-house staff closely coordinates and monitors the processing of sales in escrow by tracking loan approvals, amenity/option selections, final walk-throughs and closings.


Paragon Communities
Biographical Profiles


President & Chief Operating Officer, Principal

2006-2007 President of the National Association of Home Builders
2005-2006 First Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders
2004-2006 Treasurer - Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders
2000-2003 National Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders, Area 14
2001 Chairman of Federal Governmental Affairs of the National Assoc. of Home Builders
1999 President of the California Building Industry Association
1996 Building Industry Association of Southern California "BUILDER OF THE YEAR"
1995 President of the Building Industry Association of Southern California
1993 Sales & Marketing Council of Greater Los Angeles/Ventura "CEO OF THE YEAR"
1992 Building Industry Association of So. CA/L.A.-Ventura "BUILDER OF THE YEAR"

A driving force and leader within Southern California's home building industry, Brian Catalde has served on the Executive Board of the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for the past 14 years. Among Mr. Catalde's other past industry accomplishments, he has earned the Building Industry Association's "Individual Achievement Award." Intimately concerned with the legislative side of the building profession, Mr. Catalde has headed the governmental affairs functions for both the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) and BIASC and is frequently called upon as an industry resource. Additionally, he is past President of the Southern California-based Governmental Affairs Council, which focuses on state and national government issues affecting all developers and the business community. He has been the California representative to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and has served on the NAHB Governmental Affairs Committee for more than several years, and was the chairman for 2001. Currently, he has taken the role of Secretary - Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders for 2004-2005.

General Counsel

Mr. Donfeld is a 1968 graduate of U.C. Berkley School of Law (Boalt Hall). He served as a Staff Assistant to the President of the United States from 1969-1971 and as Assistant Director of the White House Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention from 1971-1973. Mr. Donfeld co-founded Donfeld, Kelley and Rollman in 1985. His legal practice concentrates in the representation of shopping center, office building, industrial park and residential land developers in the formation of their limited liability companies, land and ground lease acquisitions, construction and permanent financing, securing of disposition and development agreements, and drafting and negotiating of tenant leases. In connection with his representation of residential land developers, he represents privately held development companies and multi-national oil companies in securing development agreements and drafting and negotiating joint venture agreements and land disposition agreements with merchant builders.

Director of Sales

Ms. Clack joined Paragon in November 1986 as a Sales Consultant and in December 1994 was promoted to Director of Sales. She is responsible for recruiting and training all onsite sales consultants, with emphasis on implementing new strategic action plans to achieve the finest professional client relations. Prior to joining Paragon, Ms. Clack worked in international sales for Pan-Am Airlines in New York City and as a Shareholders Control Coordinator for Radio Corp. of America - Wall Street in New York City. Ms. Clack received her degree in England, majoring in economics/finance. Advancing her career, Ms. Clack continued her education in real estate at California State University, Los Angeles and in January of 2002, obtained her broker's license.

Project Manager

Mr. Morin joined Paragon in September of 1999 as Purchasing Manager. In March of 2002, he was promoted to Project Manager. He is responsible for overseeing the management of consultants, project scheduling and budget control and subcontractors. Previously, Mr. Morin worked in project management and cost estimating at the Sares-Regis Group in Irvine, California and worked as general manager for a commercial contractor based in Commerce, California. Mr. Morin received his Bachelors of Science degree in construction management and engineering at California State University, Long Beach.

Director of Operations

Office Manager

Ms. San Mateo joined Paragon in October 1998, as Office Manager. She applies her 15 years of experience in real estate, combining her office management and human resources background. Ms. San Mateo has obtained a degree at United College of Business, emphasizing in business management.

Certified Public Accountant

Mr. Smith joined the Paragon Communities in November 2001. He is responsible for the oversight of financial and tax reporting as well as strategic financial planning. Mr. Smith is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and has over 20 years of experience in financial, tax and real estate accounting and reporting. Mr. Smith has extensive experience in financial and economic modeling of real estate development projects, large and small, and has compiled numerous financial models used in practice and in litigation support. He has experience in representation before the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

203 Richmond Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
Ph: (310) 322-3268  Fax: (310) 322-3269

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