Valerie J. Parker
The Eternal Optimist
Our founder built and runs this company with grit, determination and a “never, never, never give up” attitude she honed as a military BRAT. Valerie graduated high school in Kaiserslautern, Germany (K-Town Uber Alles!). During these formative years she played semi-pro soccer in the Bundesliga, acquired a taste for German beer and brats, and initiated her lifelong love of travel. Valerie cheered (literally) for the Hoyas in the 80s and still managed to graduate with honors from Georgetown University – earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service.
By 1995 Valerie was applying finance and business development skills to win multi-billion dollar engineering and maintenance support contracts for the world’s largest independent aviation services firm. In 1998, Valerie formed Parker Group; turning her focus to acquisition management and advanced weapon system test and evaluation. Parker Group enjoyed significant growth over the next decade – leading in 2009 to Valerie’s selection as the U.S. Small Business Administration Small Business Person of the Year for Kauai, Hawaii. Parker Group continues to enhance national priority defense initiatives through innovative technology; designing end-to-end cloud-based AV solutions to distribute, record and play back real-time, synchronized mission data.
A Rotarian for nearly 15 years, Valerie is passionate about community service. A busy mom/wife/entrepreneur, Valerie aspires to travel, read something non-technical, engage in various forms of outdoor recreation, and spend more quality time with her amazing husband, two incredible sons, and multitude of awesome friends. Until such time as these activities are actually feasible she’ll just aspire to the occasional glass of wine to maintain mental health. P.S. You bring the wine…