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Key Personnel

Paragon Consulting’s staff has over 60 years of combined engineering and consulting experience. We value our history with clients – including private, government, and corporate sectors- especially the open communication lines developed from close, cooperative work together. It’s our people – experienced, committed, and ready to put in the time and energy needed – who ensure your project comes in on time, on budget, and in alignment with your vision.

So who are the leaders of Paragon? They are the experts who create and live Paragon’s core values and set the tone for how our employees serve you and all of our clients to the best of their abilities. They are the experts who take personal responsibility for leading your projects and ensuring that your ideas move from the desktop into success.

Brian Upson, P.E.
President and Principal Engineer
Georgia PE# 16711; Alabama PE# 20620-E

South Carolina PE# 31398

After more than 30 years of experience in project management and civil engineering since graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in civil engineering, Brian has earn the respect of colleagues and clients throughout the Southeast. With a commitment to stay intimately involved in the design process of each project, Brian has developed a solution-oriented expertise in program management, master planning, airport design, feasibility studies, granstmanship, state, municipal and private development design, hydrology/hydraulics, regulatory review, value engineering and construction management. He is a member of both the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Charles N. Penny, P.E.
Senior Engineer and QAQC Manager
Georgia PE # 020048; Florida PE # 65114
Georgia Soil and Water Conservation
Commission (GSWCC) Level II Certified

Design Professional # 10472

A 15-year member of the PCG team, Charles has an intricate, detailed knowledge of project management and design for various projects including site civil, hydrology/hydraulics, sanitary sewer, transportation, and construction management for both municipal and private sector projects. A member of both the NCEES and ASCE, Charles is part of the reason that PCG keeps earning new business – and repeat business.

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Eric C. Pitts, P.E.

Director of Transportation Services
Georgia PE # 026728

Eric has more than 28 years of experience administering and directing statewide transportation engineering and maintenance programs for highways, roadways, and bridges. He has served as project manager for numerous projects throughout the state for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), including resurfacing and interstate rehabilitation, pavement management, sign maintenance, pavement marking maintenance, community outreach, and vegetation management.

With more than two decades of experience previously working for GDOT, Eric brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the agency’s policies and procedures. Mr. Pitts has directed, supervised, and inspected construction, maintained management systems, analyzed reports to evaluate maintenance operations for compliance, developed budgets, monitored schedules, reviewed contracts and investigated and analyzed major construction claims. Eric also served as the Program Manager for several GDOT programs including: Pavement Evaluation and Management, Routine Maintenance, Oversize/Overweight Permitting, Outdoor Advertising Permitting, and as GDOT’s primary contact with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security on all natural and man-made emergency issues.

jerimeJerime L. Buffington, RLA
Senior Landscape Architect/Senior Planner
jgrahamJason B. Graham
Project Administrator
sbeckSusan B. Beck
Corporate Services Director