Cary Magazine Movers & Shakers: Joshua Mauney

Position: Founder and president of Paragon Building Group Inc., and Paragon Safety Group Inc.; Graduate Master Builder; board member of Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County; chair of Wake County Remodelers Council

Favorite accomplishments: “The proudest moment in my life happened on Jan. 17 of this year when I married my bride Lindy, the most beautiful person I have ever known, both inside and out. I’m also proud of building two businesses from the ground up, positioning both for success in terms of profitability, but also as positive contributors to the community.”

Biggest challenge: “Achieving a healthy work-life balance. I’m starting to carve out time to socialize, relax and have a little more fun. It’s difficult because I love my work.”

Guiding philosophy: “Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘Man in the Arena’ quote has always been one of my favorites. It has given me motivation many times to get out of bed in the morning and give it my best effort: ‘It is not the critic who counts … The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena … who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.’”

Fun facts: “I started my first business at age 14, detailing cars. I was 12 when I first started working in construction, cleaning out debris from crawlspaces. And I can shoot a 9mm handgun at 25 yards with 95 percent accuracy.”

Advice: “As my best friend tells me often, ‘Dreams are free. Grab hold of what captures your imagination and never let go.’”

B.J. Lambdin


Daniel Whittaker


Paige Dick


Zankhna Parekh


Barry Richburg


Michelle Smith


Shawn Chase


Dr. Allan Acton


Kenneth Combs


Joshua Mauney


Christopher Saleh

Trey Bailey


Karla Nantz

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