Paragon’s commitment to our relationship-centric model is displayed in many ways. One of which is our principals’ willingness to engage directly with those interested in discussing investments, philosophy or community. Email address for each partner can be found below and we invite you to contact our leaders and see for yourself how Paragon Capital focuses our expertise on you.
Craig Novorr was handpicked to join Paragon Capital after a highly successful 10-year period at UMB where he served as Vice President & Portfolio Manager. Mr. Novorr’s success co-managing the UMB Scout Technology Fund and Scout Growth Fund demonstrated his unique abilities in identifying investment opportunities and – more importantly – building strong relationships.
Joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Novorr immediately demonstrated the value his clients place in him, as several with whom he enjoyed longstanding relationships with followed him to Paragon. Since then,he has been named Kansas City Magazine’s Best Personal Wealth Manager for six consecutive years and a 2010 Kansas City Business Magazine Rising Star.
Craig Novorr is a 1996 graduate of the University of Kansas, from which he earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. He is active in the business, religious and local community and is a member of the executive leadership team for the Walk for Wishes event, as well as a Cub Scout Den Leader and youth basketball coach. He currently sits on several boards or committees for the Overland Park Rotary Club, Kansas University Hillel House, Temple B’Nai Jehuda and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Howard Jacobson founded Paragon Capital Management in 1998 with the promise to instill a high level of personal service and dedication to the clients who put their trust in his vision. Mr. Jacobson has earned a well-deserved reputation for investment excellence over a 40-year career that began following his graduation from the University of Missouri with a Bachelors of Science in Banking & Finance.
Mr. Jacobson’s deep understanding of finance started at industry icon E.F. Hutton & Company where he spent almost 20 years immersed in investment analysis, mastering several key roles. He eventually joined UMB’s Trust Investment Division and led the growing practice in positions such as Executive Vice President & Portfolio Manager and Director of Equity Research & Trading. Mr. Jacobson has been named Kansas City Magazine’s Best Personal Wealth Manager five times.
A deep commitment to philanthropy has driven Mr. Jacobson to engage in several Kansas City business and Jewish ventures. He has served as President of the Jewish Federation of Kansas City, Past President of the Jewish Community Center as well as Kansas City’s Jewish Community Campus. His history of community involvement includes religious, cultural, healthcare and youth organizations such as the Jewish Community Foundation, the Jewish Heritage Foundation, Starlight Theater, the UMKC Conservatory of Music, Friends of the Kansas City Zoo, the Heart Association of Kansas City, the Cancer Society of Kansas City, the Boy Scout Council and several others.
Ward Williams joined the firm in 2000, having already amassed more than 20 years of investment experience. Mr. Williams acquired his expertise serving UMB as Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Investment Analyst after several years spent as Director of Institutional markets at Security Benefits Group. Perhaps the position that best prepared him for Paragon Capital was the experience gained running the day-to-day operations and managing investments for his own firm – Williams Capital Management.
Mr. Williams graduated from Trevecca Nazarene College in 1983 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. He currently spends his free time coaching in the Blue Valley Recreation leagues and volunteering at Shawnee Mission South High School, Indian Woods Middle School and Indian Valley Elementary School where he serves on the PTA. Mr. Ward has earned recognitions over the years which includes being named three times to Kansas City Magazine’s Best Personal Wealth Managers.
Carmine has worked in the Investment Management and Financial Services industry for more than 20 years. Originally from New York, he started his career on Wall Street back in the late 80’s even before he graduated from college. He has worked and managed branches and divisions for some of the most respected names in the investment world including The Principal Financial Group, Waddell & Reed and Charles Schwab. Carmine served for more than a decade as a highly successful Branch Manager at Schwab where he helped clients and financial consultants reach their financial goals. Prior to managing branches he was one of the original 30 managers selected to open the Austin call center for Schwab back in 2000.
Carmine and Vickie, his wife of more than 25 years, have 6 children between the ages of 16 and 24; Emily, Dominick, Joseph, Matthew, Grace and Gabriella.
He is an avid football fan at every level and has coached little league tackle football for 15 seasons.
Carmine and Vickie support the Paralyzed Veterans of America and CLN Kids an organization that supports homeless women and their young children in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rich Heidemann is a Senior Analyst at Paragon Capital Management. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton and a Master of Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining Paragon, Rich gained valuable experience working for Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company as a global research analyst for nearly a decade and National City Bank’s Private Client Group in a variety of analytical positions spanning the fixed income and equity markets. Rich has nearly 20 years of experience in security analysis and asset allocation. Mr. Heidemann is a CFA ® Charterholder.