The Company

Paradise Companies was incorporated in 2001 by founders Larry Hoffman and Matt LaFontaine.  After launching FSBOFORTWAYNE.COM in 2002, Matt purchased Larry's share of the company in 2005, with future plans to launch FSBOINDY.COM.  Larry Hoffman passed away in 2007 and was a valued business partner, friend, and mentor to Matt.  In 2010, consulting services were added to our services portfolio, branded as Leading Edge Results.


Matthew R. LaFontaine, President


Matt is a graduate of the University of Dayton, with a degree in mechanical/aerospace engineering.  Matt has 20+ years of expertise in business and product development.  His skills include business growth, engineering, program management, product development, and quality systems.  He is a six sigma black belt.  He also holds 3 U.S. patents.

From 1995--2007, Matt was successful at Navistar, where as a program manager he led a 10-member cross-functional team to develop 2 commercial vehicles.  He was also a vehicle engineering manager, leading a 140-member engineering organization to develop the ProStar next generation heavy duty vehicle, growing market share from 19% to 29% and leading the industry with best-in-class aerodynamics, serviceability, and driver environment.

While providing consulting services for Solstice Medical, Matt led the product development of an FDA compliant patient and product tracking solution, provided RFID tag production supplier management, managed the Solstice Medical product development process and ISO 13485:2003 quality system, and led the development and deployment of MED.IC RFID smart cabinets for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  He is the author of "Implementing an Automated RFID Asset Tracking System," published in Orthopedic Design and Technology magazine and was a featured speaker at the University of Wisconsin E-business Consortium for this RFID case study entitled "Tagging Metals."

At Ultra Electronics USSI, Matt led the turnaround and eventual sale of a struggling fuel cell business unit.  He later led the growth of the HyperSpike brand and the overall success of the Rugged Commercial Products business area.