Our Team

Paragon Group of Companies


John Klinkenberg

Managing Partner of Paragon Insurance Group
About John…

John uses his education background from the U of M Morris to help educate his clients on why coverages are important to their specific needs. When he isn’t helping people with insurance needs, he is a guy of many hobbies including sports, music and cooking.  John lives in Chanhassen with his wife and daughter.


Dan Schuler

Managing Partner of Paragon Insurance Group
About Dan…

Originally from Wisconsin, Dan currently resides in Minneapolis with his wife and children. Prior to founding Paragon with John in 2008 Dan spent over a decade in the banking industry developing forward thinking processes, which he utilizes still today. Dan specializes in personal and commercial lines of insurance and company operations for the Paragon Group of Companies.

Paragon Insurance Group


Brian Brophy

Brian attended college at Moorhead State University where he ran track. Upon completion of his degree Brian moved to the Twin Cities and worked as a corporate trainer. Using this background Brian develops and manages the training of new agents at Paragon. Coupled with his training role at Paragon Brian services a large book of Property & Casualty clients he has developed through referrals. Originally from WI, Brian enjoys traveling home to visit friends and family with his wife and daughter. He is also a competitive runner, swimmer, and biker.

Insurance Advisor
Office: 612.338.9179  
Cell: 651.334.9255  


Marlys Schmitt, CPCU, ARM

Marlys has an extensive insurance and risk management background to help her clients understand their coverages. She spends a lot of time reviewing coverages and helping clients mitigate and avoid losses. With Paragon’s vast insurance markets she explores the marketplace and negotiates the broadest coverages. Marlys enjoys boating, cooking and spending time with her family in Hastings, MN.

Client Executive 
Cell 651.403.2651   


Johnnashae Carpentier

Johnnashae is a Minnesota Native with a health care background. Johnnashae uses her large MN network and the skills she has developed while working within the health care industry to connect to her clients using a compassionate approach. This approach is especially helpful when she works with her clients concerning life insurance and protecting what matters most to them. She enjoys spending time with family and friends outside of working as a trusted insurance advisor. Johnnashae is licensed in Property & Casualty and Life lines of insurance.

Insurance Advisor/ Life Insurance Specialist