Renee Radabaugh, CMP is honored as a 2020 Planner of the Year by Smart Meetings. This year presented the industry with massive challenges; however, when the going gets tough, meeting professionals get flexible. This award celebrates Renee’s ability to motivate, educate and inspire communities, while finding new ways to make a difference in the world.


Paragon Events’ President & CEO, Renee Radabaugh is recognized as one of the Must-Know Event Professionals in the U.S. by BizBash. As the industry’s multitaskers, these noteworthy namesakes can do it all, from production to event marketing to brand strategies and more.

Events Specialist Amrita Gopaldas was selected as a “40 Under 40” Action Star by Connect Corporate for her outstanding work behind-the-scenes and ahead of the curve in the events industry. Vetted by Connect’s team of editors, this year’s list received top billing for their efforts.

Paragon Events’ President & CEO, Renee Radabaugh is announced as a Corporate Connect 2019 “15 over 50” HonoreeThese individuals are leaders, mentors and stars who moved the events industry forward for decades. We are proud to salute their first-class efforts.

Jessica Zell is welcomed into Connect Corporate’s 2019 “40 Under 40” class for her exemplary efforts as Marketing Manager. Listed as Peak Performers, this tribute represents the industry’s next generation, one in which meetings and events will surely hit new heights.

Renee Radabaugh is recognized as a 2018 Trendsetter by Meetings Today magazine. This elite group is celebrated for propelling the industry with “cutting-edge ideas, ceaseless dedication and seemingly endless advocacy”.

Francesca Radabaugh, Director of Association Management & Operations, is awarded the 2018 Changemaker title by MeetingsNet. Francesca receives acknowledgement for translating her excitement about sustainability into a new division for Paragon Events, known as ‘EcoVents.’

Katherine Stokoe, Manager of Meetings & Events, is selected as a member of the 2018 Connect Corporate “40 Under 40” list. Hailed as Heirs Apparent, these individuals are recognized as the “next generation of leaders”.

Xiomara “Cee” Rivas, Assistant Director of Association Management, is honored with the 2018-2019 MPI Greater Orlando Chapter President’s Award. This award is presented by the Chapter President to the member who contributed significantly to the success of the chapter and to the meetings industry during the administrative year.

Francesca Radabaugh, Director of Association Management & VP of Operations, receives the President’s Award from the MPI South Florida Chapter. This award is presented by the Chapter President to the member who contributed significantly to the success of the chapter and to the meetings industry during the administrative year.

Renee Radabaugh is named 2017 Enterprising Women Of The Year by Enterprising Women Magazine. This prestigious award recognizes the world’s top women entrepreneurs and honors Renee’s business growth, active mentoring and support of other women and girls, and is a tribute to her leadership.

Katherine Stokoe, Manager of Meetings & Events, was inducted into the Association for Women in Events (AWE) inaugural Hall of Fame as an ‘Emerging Leader’ for her exceptional growth and willingness to help others succeed.

Renee Radabaugh is appointed to the Association for Women in Events (AWE) Board of Directors for the 2017-2019 term, an organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women in all facets of the events industry. As a Board member, Renee provides valuable expertise and feedback, in addition to upholding the association’s mission and strategic goals.

Renee Radabaugh named ‘Meeting Planner of the Year’ by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) South Florida Chapter. This prestigious award recognizes the talent of Paragon Events under Renee’s esteemed leadership.

Francesca Radabaugh, Director of Association Management & Operations, is featured in Connect Association’s “The Next List: 40 Under 40”. “The individuals…represent what’s new and next in the association and specialty meetings industry,” says Chris Collinson, President of Connect Meetings.

Paragon Events is recognized as a StarChapter Preferred Provider in June 2015. Both companies share a mission to help leaders of associations grow attendance, membership and revenue, and help board volunteers achieve lasting productivity.

Named “Influencer in the Meeting Planning Industry” by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and One+ magazine in 2013. One+ magazine is now known as “The Meeting Professional” magazine.

Recognized by Convention South Magazine as a 2013 “Meeting Planner to Watch,” the organization is the leading Meetings Industry magazine since 1983 and provides invaluable resources.

Renee Radabaugh selected as a speaker at the 2013 Meeting Professionals International World Education Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Appointed to the Industry Advisory Council of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), Renee acted as an advisor to ALHI’s membership of over 130 premier four and five-star luxury hotels, both nationally and worldwide.

In 2006, Paragon Events is approved and recognized as a WBENC, the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. The organization provides best-in-class programming, events, and networking opportunities exclusive to members with the world-class certification.