Leadership: Igniting Extraordinary Results Through Passion, Purpose and Love

by Hayes Barnard

Through growth, adversity and achievement, entrepreneurs wear many hats. To successfully scale a company, business leaders need to make the transition from “entrepreneur” to “professional,” and from an entrepreneurial company to a professional company.

Often, a singular leader leads in a singular fashion and it’s all about one person’s goals. As a leader of a growing group of talented individuals, I have discovered the value of thinking and leading more globally. There’s a saying: “Human beings hallucinate when not communicated to.” As a company grows, a leader needs to, early and often, address any undertones or rumblings that take place culturally within an organization. Our leadership team developed a weekly company-wide, interactive video conference to connect the hearts of our team. We talk about what’s working, share information and ideas, and address challenges to gain genuine perspective and rapport. It’s a time to ask transparent questions and it allows the organization to be authentic. This provides the whole group access to leaders and creates trust. It reminds every one of our company’s purpose and the principles that enable our customers to enjoy doing business with us. Continue reading the rest of this story >>

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Getting Our Wellness On!

Wow! What a spectacular Wellness Fair for Paramount employees in Roseville. Thirty vendors displayed and explained their services throughout our lovely 5 acre property. A Velcro bounce house and a hoopla hoop contest added to the fun. Lots of great raffle gifts from our vendors were given away to winning employees who answered several trivia questions about the attending vendors. The grand prize of a bike was donated by AFLAC. Of course we fed everyone too; have to eat to keep up your strength!

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Paramount is committed to helping their employees live healthy lifestyles by events given through our FIT U wellness program. Kaiser Permanente offered free screening for cholesterol levels and blood pressure while offering all participants a $50 gift card just for participating in the screening.

Thrive Paramount!

Special shout out to our Vendors, thank you for making our 4th Annual Wellness Fair such a huge success!

AFLAC, Barclay West, California Family Fitness, Cigna/Great West, Clearvue, Coca Cola, Core Chiropractic Center, Costco, Green Tree Trimming, Health Works, Hoblit Dealership, Integrated Legal Solutions, Johnson Ranch Racquet Club, Kaiser Permanente, Kaplan University, Mark Hold, DDS MS, Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run, Merrill Lynch/TransAmerica, NewFire Fitness, Nu Skin, Patelco, Sam’s Club, Serenity Spy & Salon, The Studio, Dr. Ty Vardanian – Aesthetic Dentistry, Welness Depot Smoothies, Wells Fargo, West Coast Nutrition, Whole Foods, and Chando’s Tacos! mmmmmmmmm!

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Paramount Equity® Testimonial: “You are like family to me.”

TESTIMONIAL sent to our VP today:

Good morning, Mr. Dawson –

I would like to take a second to thank you for Dwayne!  He has been such a wonderful help to me over the last several years and I am so faithful to him.  I have nothing but the utmost trust and loyalty to him – for helping me when I needed it the most (with a refi 7 years ago in my divorce) to improving my rates.  I have gone with new recommended insurance for Home and Auto, and now – my newest ‘adventure’ – Solar!

Actually, everyone I have met and dealt with at Paramount has been awesome.  You are all like family to me. Actually, better than family – I turned down family with offers to refinance and stayed with my tried-and-true Dwayne.  I count him as a friend.  I am crazy about everyone he has point me in touch with along the way …  appraisals (Sarah), singings (Sabrina), insurance (Aurora and Jason), Solar (Hana) – and the entire SolarCity team!

And, not you!  Thank you for helping me with the ‘Green’ check and especially for having such a great, caring team of people. The attitudes always start at the top and are reflected throughout the organization. Good job!

I just wanted to say THANK YOU!  I appreciate Paramount Equity® and Dwayne is your great ambassador. Please have a wonderful day! ~karen  :]

-Karen M, San Diego

Karen, thank you for your testimonial!  We’re happy that all three of our sister companies, Paramount Equity® Mortgage, Paramount Energy Solutions and Paramount Equity® Insurance Services all delivered and helped you save thousands for years to come!

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Paramount Equity® Goes Solar

Last July, we started up our solar division, Paramount Energy Solutions.  Our goal was to help homeowners make the switch to renewable solar power and save money on their utility costs.  One year later, we are now the ONLY solar provider in the areas we serve to have installed solar on their own roof!  Not only have we made an investment in the health of the environment, but by utilizing solar energy, it saves us a significant amount on our utility costs each month!

Check out the aerial photos shot by one of our solar specialists below.  Earlier this this year we also had our headquarters certified as a Wildlife Habitat.

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Paramount Equity® Headquarters designated as Certified Wildlife Habitat

Hayes Barnard with Certified Wildlife Habitat sign for Roseville location of Paramount Equity®.

In Northern California, it’s not uncommon to spot wild turkeys wandering past the windows, or see a bluebird alight gently onto the perch of his birdhouse. On a daily basis, we hear the quack-quack of mallard ducks as they fly overhead, and hear the splash as they land in the stream flowing through a grassy meadow. In springtime, we are serenaded by the sunshine-infused cheers of a chorus of songbirds.

If this sounds more like a habitat refuge to you than a corporate headquarters, you’re right.

And wrong.


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Paramount Equity® and buildOn in Mali, Africa

Last fall, Paramount Equity®‘s executives spent 8 days in Mali, Africa helping to build a schoolhouse. Customers, employees and friends raised $37,000 for buildOn, an organization which builds schools in developing countries.

“As the father of three young children I believe all kids should receive a basic education to help them rise above poverty,” said Hayes Barnard, president of Paramount Equity®. “I’m elated that my co-workers and our customers share the sentiment and am so proud of our team for taking part in this incredible effort to help the world’s youth. I encourage everyone to be a good global citizen and help others any way they can.”

Here is a short video with photos and film clips from the trip:

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