eLease was founded in 1995. Paragon Capital began as a traditional leasing company focused on the high tech industry. It was born of a desire to provide a faster, more complete, cost effective solution for businesses equipment leasing needs.
Tom Williams, President and CEO
J Thomas Williams, has been the entrepreneurial force behind every company he has been involved in. He heads up the eLease Management team. A graduate of the Peddie School Mr. Williams received his Bachelor of Arts from Boston University in 1994 in Economics.
Mr. Williams was involved with Ernst & Young’s “Ernie” Project and started two additional companies Cold Fusion Sports (Fusion.com), an e-commerce, which was sold to Action Sports in Minnesota in 2000 and LeaseExchange that was recognized at Red Herring’s Top 10 Technology Companies To Watch in 2000.
In 2001, Mr. Williams’s first company Paragon Capital acquired the eLease brand from Idealabs and licensed LeaseExchange’s software. eLease is recognized as one of the most dynamic and responsive companies in the industry. Mr. Williams is passionate about small business and helping people become self-employed. Mr. Williams is honored to have been placed in the Leasing Hall of Fame from Lessors.
Mr. Williams is married to Michele and has two children, Madison and Tommy who are often entertained by their two Jack Russell Terriers Max and Brady. When not working he enjoys fishing, water skiing and boating.