Couldn't you better use a @Factory method? The method initializes your user list on Component creation. If you use it together with the @DataModel annotation then the list will be automaticly filt.
In the @Factory method you could also implement the pagination.
Thank you for the response, so I should be able to use pull-style MVC like in the Blog example. However, in that example, the BlogService is Stateless, hopefully employing it as Stateful will be with minimal pain. However, in the BlogService, there is no @Factory used, just the @Unwrap.
Which method would you recommend?