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Rick Parks, Secretary

Rick Parks


Why did you want to serve on the Board of Directors?
I joined the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program to help others do what I’ve been fortunate enough to do myself – start and grow great companies. Apopka is my home. I can’t think of anyplace else I’d rather see that passion pursued. The city’s support for the Incubator makes it even more personally important for me to jump in and participate to the benefit of all businesses in the area.


What is your business philosophy?
I’ve always believed that you should focus on what you are great at and find others that bring skills and expertise you don’t have if you want to build a great business. But above all, wake up every morning loving what you do and excited about what you are going to accomplish when you hit the front door. If you can’t, you’re probably in the wrong business.


What is your proudest achievement?
It’s been my good fortune to have built product companies that delivered value to customers. Ultimately those companies became valuable to other companies and were acquired.  Each time I’ve been proud to see the dedicated teams of people who helped me make those products and build those companies share in the rewards after working so hard, and believing so profoundly in what we did together.

What have you found most valuable about your involvement with the Chamber?

The Chamber offers the very best place for me to accomplish my mission with the UCF Apopka Business Incubator. That is to participate, contribute, and help foster economic development through entrepreneurship in the Apopka area.


What do you think makes the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce different from other business organizations? 

The Apopka Chamber has a laser-like focus on making the Apopka area a quality business environment. So many other organizations are chartered to serve regional interests, and as a result have to serve very many masters. The Apopka Chamber has a great board and phenomenally active membership. All of which supports the mission to establish Apopka as the best place to grow a business.

What book (or author) has influenced you most in your business career?
It might seem a little surprising, but I often find myself referring back to a 2500 year old text. It reminds me of key issues and thinking smarter about leadership, ethics, discipline, planning, competition, cooperation, negotiation and timing. The lessons there are universal and timeless. It is Sun Tzu’s, The Art of War.


Site Manager, UCF Business Incubator, Apopka
325 S. McGee Ave.
Apopka, Florida, 32703
Phone: 407-814-1282
E-mail: Rick.Parks@UCF.edu
Website: www.incubator.ucf.edu


Executive Trustees

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Supporting Trustees

GrayRobinson (Attorneys at Law) |  McLeod Law Firm |  Sam's Club, Apopka |  University of Central Florida |  The Coca-Cola Company

A&C Printing |  IBERIABANK, Apopka |  CenturyLink |  Highland Manor and Dubsdread Catering |  FAST SIGNS, Apopka/Altamonte |  Anuvia Plant Nutrients