Bob Hatley, President and CEO, founded Paragon Bank in 1999. The company has grown from $15 million in assets in 1999 to more than $1.6 billion today. A native of Concord, Hatley received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. For the next 14 years, he served with Wachovia Bank as a Field Representative, a Credit Manager, a Branch Manager, and City Executive. From 1988-1998, Hatley worked with Peoples/Centura Bank, serving the last four years as Regional Market Manager of the Wake County commercial market.
Triangle Business Journal wrote that he “led the Triangle office of Centura in its sales-oriented push” and he was “a popular manager, even in changing times.” Hatley, who was a finalist for the Carolinas’ 2004 and 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards, is known for putting together a highly talented and motivated staff committed to serving the client. “If we make our clients successful, then we’ll be successful,” he said. He was named 2008 Carolinas Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Financial Services.
Hatley has been involved in community service for many years, previously serving as Chairman of the Board of the Cary Chamber of Commerce. He is also past President of the Cary Rotary Club and past Director of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Hospice of Wake County, Wake Med Foundation and North Carolina Chamber. He served as Chairman of First Tee of the Triangle in 2014, is the past Chairman of the foundation board of the Cary Rotary Club, and past Chairman and Board Member of the Leadership Council of the WakeEd Partnership. He has previously served on the Board of Visitors of Appalachian State University and he served as the 2015-2016 Chairman of the North Carolina Bankers Association.
Hatley was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to serve a four-year term on Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees. He is an active member of the Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary where he is a past Elder.
He has two daughters, Lauren and Paige, who both live in Charleston, SC. His wife, Carol, has two children, Tanner and Cameron, from a previous marriage.
Matt Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Paragon Bank, has more than 24 years of experience working in banking and finance, the last 18 of which have been with Paragon. His areas of expertise include overseeing day-to-day operations within the bank, as well as credit administration, marketing, audit, and compliance. He previously served as the Chief Credit Officer for the bank and as well as a lending officer.
Prior to joining Paragon, Matt worked as a corporate banker in Charlotte, North Carolina with a marketing emphasis on operating companies with revenues between $10 million and $100 million. A career change took him to work for Bob Hatley at Centura Bank in Cary, North Carolina where Matt focused on lending to commercial businesses and real estate as a commercial account officer. In 1998, Matt left Centura Bank with Bob Hatley to start Paragon Bank, and has been with the bank since that time.
Matt has always enjoyed working in the community and helping to provide ways for it to grow and improve. He was inspired to pursue banking because this particular industry plays an integral role in providing a viable workforce and good business, which increases the standard of living, benefiting all members of the community.
Outside of the office, Matt has given his time to the Rotary Club, Community Investment Corporation of the Carolinas, WakeEd Partnership, and A Place at the Table. He has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, and has served as the Vice President and a Board Member for the Risk Management Associates local chapter. He has also served as an assistant scoutmaster for a local Boy Scouts of America troop. Matt has been appointed to serve on the board for Transitions LifeCare.
A North Carolina native, Matt grew up in Louisburg and attended NC State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in management and his Master of Science in management. He lives in North Raleigh with his wife of 23 years and their three children.
Steven E. Crouse
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
As the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Paragon Bank, Steven Crouse is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day financial processes of the bank, as well as focusing on the strategy behind budgets, planning, forecasts, contract review, developing policies, asset liability management, and vendor relations. With more than 23 years in the industry, Steven is a great asset to Paragon Bank and all of its clients.
Prior to becoming Paragon Bank’s CFO more than 11 years ago, Steven spent eight years at McGladrey & Pullen, where he worked in both the audit and tax divisions, rising to the position of manager, focused primarily on financial institutions and their clients. In 1998, Steven became the controller at Capital Bank, which at the time was a $90 million startup. He assisted the bank in forming its holding company and with its SEC registration, as well as taking it through four acquisitions while being responsible for all public reporting. He was Capital Bank’s interim CFO for nine months before joining Paragon Bank in early 2005 to start the finance department, which had previously been outsourced.
Steven is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA). He is a member of numerous North Carolina CFO and bank CFO peer groups.
In the community, Steven has been an active Cub and Boy Scout leader, including five years as a Cub Master for a pack with 110 cubs. He joined the Occoneechee Council Board of Directors nine years ago and spent the past three years as the Director of Finance, also serving on the executive committee, the investment committee, the finance committee and the audit committee (Ex-Officio). He has been awarded numerous leadership awards for his service with the Boy Scouts of America, and is an Eagle Scout himself. Additionally, he served on the board for The First Tee of the Triangle, where he was Treasurer and part of the executive committee and he is still on the board for Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina, where he is also Treasurer.
For his active involvement in the community and his outstanding professional accomplishments, Steven was selected by Triangle Business Journal as CFO of the Year in both 2013 and 2017.
A native of Winston-Salem, Steven attended NC State University, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business management.
Phillip R. Jurney
Charlotte Market President
As a 28-year veteran of the banking and finance industry, Phil Jurney is an experienced and knowledgeable company leader. As the Charlotte, North Carolina Market President for Paragon Bank, Phil is responsible for overseeing loan and deposit growth, along with portfolio management for the bank’s Charlotte office. He manages a sales team of 14 and support staff of 11 banking professionals. Phil joined Paragon Bank in September 2007 after holding the position of Commercial Banking Executive with First Charter Bank, where he oversaw commercial lending through North Carolina and the Atlanta area.
A lifelong Charlotte resident, Phil has served as a board member and member of the executive and development committees of Junior Achievement, and is actively involved with the Charlotte Sports Foundation. He has been recognized for his service with a Charlotte Business Journal 40 Under 40 award and the 2009 NC Financial Impact Leaders award from Business Leader Magazine. He participated as a panelist on the 2010 Economic Forecast for Banking and Finance by Mecklenburg Times and was a speaker at the 2010 International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Phil received his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and continued his studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he earned his MBA. He has also studied at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
Phil and his wife, Martha, make their home in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, and have one son and one daughter.
Brian K. Reid
Triangle Market President
Brian Reid leads Paragon Bank’s team of Triangle Client Development Officers and serves as an advocate for Triangle market activities. An industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, he began his banking career in Cleveland, Ohio working for one of the nation’s ten largest financial institutions. In January 2001, Brian joined Paragon Bank as a commercial banker responsible for developing new client relationships, with a focus on commercial and industrial owner-operated companies in the Triangle. In the fall of 2012, he moved into his current role as Triangle Market President.
A very active member in the community, Brian is currently serving as the vice president of the economic development board for the Town of Cary and as the 2016-2017 American Heart Association Executives with Heart co-chairman. In 2016, Brian was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory to serve a six-year term on Board of Trustees of the North Carolina College Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation serving North Carolina students and families since 1955. He is also an Endowment Campaign member of the Tammy Lynn Center, a member of several committees serving the YMCA of the Triangle, and the sergeant-at-arms for the Cary Rotary Club – a position he has held for more than 18 years.
Recently, Brian has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, as the past Chairman of the board for the Cary Family YMCA, and as a member of the executive board for the YMCA of the Triangle. He has previously served on the Cary Chamber of Commerce’s executive board as its treasurer, as past Chairman of the board of directors, Vice-Chair of membership, and Vice-Chair of business services. Last year, he served the American Heart Association as Chairman of the live auction for the 2016 Heart Ball. Brian has received the Triangle Business Leader Movers and Shakers award, the Cary Citizen of the Year award, the Wake County Commissioners Volunteer of the Year award, and Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership award.
Brian is an active volunteer and parishioner at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Cary. He is a role model in his children’s lives, having coached both boys’ and girls’ soccer and basketball teams. He is currently serving as a board member for the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL).
Brian earned his Bachelor of Science in finance from The Ohio State University and his MBA in finance and marketing from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He and his wife, Cheryl, make their home in Cary with their five children.
James M. Fielding
Senior Vice President, NMLS #1272063
Chief Credit Officer
Jim Fielding is Chief Credit Officer and Senior Vice President at Paragon Bank. He has spent the past 10 years at Paragon, and brings to the Bank over 20 years of experience working in banking and finance overall. His area of focus includes managing the entire Credit Administration Department, which covers all underwriters, portfolio managers, and analysts. Jim is responsible for the Bank’s lending policy, all loan approvals, and oversight of the overall credit quality of the Bank’s loan portfolio. He previously served as the Senior Real Estate Underwriter for the Bank and was promoted to Chief Credit Officer in 2012.
Jim has a strong background in commercial real estate underwriting, real estate investing, loan servicing, and disposition of commercial and residential real estate. Prior to joining Paragon Bank, Jim worked as a Credit Manager for Seattle Savings Bank in Seattle, Washington for more than seven years. His focus was primarily in commercial and residential real estate lending. He was responsible for the underwriting and approving of all construction and commercial real estate loans, as well as managing the entire closing and servicing department.
Jim is an active member of the North Carolina Banker Association (NCBA), the Risk Management Association (RMA), and serves on the Community Investment Corporation of the Carolinas Board. He regularly volunteers at various local community events throughout the year.
A New Jersey native, he has lived in several areas of the United States and has traveled extensively throughout the world. He studied criminal justice at Central Connecticut State University with a minor in business and finance. Jim and his wife, Irina, moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2007 to raise their family. After considering other alternatives, they choose to move to Raleigh specifically to work for Paragon Bank and to enjoy the city’s excellent standard of living and friendly people. Jim and Irina are very happy to be raising their daughter and son in the area.
Carol A. Isaac
Senior Vice President
Carol Isaac has more than 26 years of banking experience, the last 18 of which have been spent at Paragon Bank. She was the second employee hired by Bob Hatley when the bank was being formed. Prior to joining Paragon, she was a Commercial Sales Assistant with Centura Bank.
In her role, Carol is responsible for managing the HR department. She also serves as Executive Assistant to the President and as Secretary of Paragon Bank’s Board of Directors. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, she now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, Philip.
Rebecca A. McClain
Senior Vice President
Director of Operations
Rebecca McClain is responsible for managing and directing the daily functions of Paragon Bank’s operations teams including: IT, deposit, loan, and branch operations, along with treasury management and project management.
She has spent the last 30 years in the financial services industry with the most recent 19 years in banking. She joined Paragon Bank in December of 2012 after relocating from Tempe, Arizona, where she served as senior operations manager with Mutual of Omaha Bank. A native of Texas, she currently resides in Wake Forest, North Carolina with her husband, Scott.
Scott V. Williams
Senior Vice President
Director of Marketing
Scott Williams has more than 20 years of bank marketing leadership experience. He is responsible for developing integrated marketing and sales support strategies that enhance awareness of the Paragon Bank brand, deepen existing client relationships, and attract new clients. He is also heavily involved in implementing and managing the Bank’s ongoing Extraordinary Client Experience initiative.
His banking career includes building marketing teams, developing or realigning brands, strategic marketing planning, and client relationship development. Before joining Paragon Bank in 2013, he led marketing departments at banks with assets up to $4.5 billion in the Carolinas, Florida, and Texas.
Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Clemson University and is an honors graduate of the American Bankers Association (ABA) School of Bank Marketing and Management. He also holds the Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP) designation. Scott is a lifetime member of the ABA Marketing Network, previously serving in leadership roles on the national advisory council and as co-chair of two national conventions. Most recently, he served on the editorial advisory board of the ABA Bank Marketing & Sales magazine where he was instrumental in shifting the magazine’s focus – and name – to include sales-related content.
Scott currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tammy Lynn Center, which helps children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Raised in a military family, Scott lived in multiple states across the country and overseas in the Panama Canal Zone and Germany. Scott considers North Carolina “home” and resides in Apex with his wife, Sue.