John Parmentier

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President of Paragon Laboratories, Inc., in Livonia. Paragon provides chemical, physical, and biological testing services. Parmentier is responsible for developing and implementing the vision and strategic direction of the company. Paragon employs nearly 30 people and services more than 450 customers, including a number of clients on the Forbes Global 2000 list. The company is experiencing record growth: third quarter revenue increased 11 percent compared to 2012 and the firm recorded its busiest month ever in August 2013. Paragon is capable of performing more than 225 unique analytical procedures and leads the field across a range of substances – including fuels, lubricants, chemicals, and water – for various industries to meet quality and regulatory standards. In addition to companies worldwide, the news media has used Paragon’s tests to develop investigative reports, such as on the amount of additives in gasoline. Parmentier has worked with Paragon for more than 16 years in roles of increasing responsibility and has served as president since 2011. He has been instrumental in developing many of the company’s programs, processes, and systems, including its core values and mission statement, For Health and Happiness. Since 2009, Parmentier has introduced several engagement and development programs aimed at empowering Paragon’s employees, vendors, and the organization, helping it to continue to grow in a highly competitive market. The company’s employees also support local charities, such as Toys for Tots. Parmentier himself is fundraising for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. He received his bachelor’s degree in individualized studies with concentrations in marketing management, communications, and economics from Eastern Michigan University.

WHERE BORN: “Southfield and I grew up in Birmingham.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My grandma. She passed away this past year and was 98. When my mom said, ‘you’re very special,’ the last thing grandma said was, ‘yes, we are.’ She was accepting a compliment but including everyone else, making sure everyone is appreciated and feels special.”

LAST BOOK READ:The Three Laws of Performance by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Loyal, dedicated, intense, and other people say creative, determined, driven, thorough, and detailed.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “A lot of organizations are transitioning to the use of alternative formulations. As they explore alternative supplies, formulations, and processes, there’s a really big demand for information for all of it. What we do as a laboratory is provide data about substances – water, fuel, chemical formulations – and provide chemical data for decision–making purposes. We fill that void for them.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My heart rate monitor – the Polar H7 has an integrated app with my iPhone so it’s one less thing to carry around.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Anything in the mountains, especially Chamonix, France, where I went a few years ago.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Hockey, hiking, and most of all, skiing.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Dark chocolate.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “People are often surprised that I’m creative – they see me as a logical thinker so it catches them off guard.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “Simply as someone who contributed.”