Phillip L. Parker | President
Business owner, Phil Parker, developed a strong work ethic working part-time since age 7. He has been successful since the age of 18 working full-time while completing both an undergraduate degree and an MBA and providing leadership to a number of other organizations. He has had leadership experience in retail, insurance, and association management. He has also provided leadership to numerous and various not-for-profit organizations as a director or top volunteer leader.
PHILLIP L. PARKER
CAE (Ret.), CCE
Phillip L. Parker, CAE, CCE is the former President and CEO of the regional Dayton (OH) Area Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the chamber organization, Phil was Executive Director of the Home Builders Association of Dayton and the Miami Valley. During his professional career, he has obtained an extensive background in working with trade associations and businesses of all sizes in the Miami Valley region as a champion for our free enterprise system.
Phil received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Dayton. He holds the professional designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). Graduated in 1997 from the United States Chamber's Institutes for Organization Management and the Center for Creative Leadership in 2000. Professionally, he is an active member of ASAE, and is a past President of the Dayton Society of ASAE. Phil is a past member of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio (CCEO) where he served as its President in 2001-'02, the ACCE Board Treasurer, and a past member of the U.S Department of Commerce Southern Ohio District Export Council (SODEC). He was named a Ford Foundation Fellow in 2009.
As the recently retired President of the 113-year-old Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Phil for over 26 years, oversaw one of the 25 largest Chambers of Commerce in the nation. The Chamber, with its volunteer member leadership, is a business-focused organization dedicated to regional economic development, business advocacy, and diversified member services. Over the last 20 years, this metropolitan business organization has exceeded the requirements for national accreditation with its highest honor of 5 stars by the United States Chamber of Commerce and has additionally been honored for its entrepreneurial spirit by The Newcomen Society of the United States, Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurial Supporter of the Year Award and the Better Business Bureau's Integrity Eclipse Award. The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives also honored the Chamber in 1998-'99 as the Nation's Best Chamber of Commerce.
Phil has been actively involved as a local, regional, state, and national volunteer, averaging more than 500 volunteer service hours a year over nearly 46 years. Parker was the President of the Greater Dayton Jaycees in 1981-'82 and President of The Presidents Club of Dayton in 1987-'88 and Co-chair of its Citizen Legion of Honor Award from 1992 - 1994 and 1999 - 2020. He has also served in numerous other volunteer leadership positions including the Board of Trustees of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce; alumni advisor to Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Dayton; Board member guided an $18 million campaign as Campaign Chair of the region's United Way; Board Chair of the 9-county American Red Cross - Dayton Chapter; a graduate of Leadership Dayton and Leadership Ohio; and is a member of three of Dayton's local Masonic bodies.
Additionally, Phil served as a trustee and was the founding President of Beavercreek Community Fund; board member of the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce; co-founder of the Beavercreek High School Varsity Hockey program; a past chair of the City of Beavercreek Parks and Recreation Board, on the Board of Inventing Flight (2003) and is a member of the Dayton Rotary Club. Phil currently serves on the Boards of Greene Memorial Hospital, Soin Medical Center, Kettering College; Learn to Earn, and several other local boards and community committees. Parker was the founding Board chair of Antioch University Midwest from 2008 - 2013. Parker was also the co-chair and co-founder of the Miami Valley READS program. Active in national defense issues, Phil participated in the U.S Department of Defense's Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 62 (JCOC) and the U.S. Air Force's National Security Forum. He was also an active business advisor with 5 of the area's higher education institutions. He served on the National Board of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity from 2002 - 2010 and has continued his volunteer service with that organization.
Among his personal accomplishments, Phil was named Outstanding Jaycee in Ohio in 1979 and one of the top 10 Jaycees in America that same year. He was named in the 1980, 1982, and 1983 editions of Outstanding Young Men in America. In 1983 he was named as one of the Five Outstanding Young Men in Ohio. In 1990, Phil received the Dayton "Up and Comers" Award. Phil also received the David G. Lloyd Memorial Award in 1992 as one of the Outstanding Local Executive Officers of the National Association of Home Builders and was named Professional of the Year in Ohio in 1997 by his Ohio Chamber contemporaries. Phil received the regional United Way's first Smith-Moore Human Services Award and was awarded the 33rd degree, the Scottish Rite's highest honor, in 2004. Additionally, he received the region's 2007 Grimmy Award for his work with community literacy. In 2010, the area Red Cross named him its E. J. McHugh Board Member of the Year. In 2013 he received the Wick Wright Award from the National Aviation Heritage Alliance in support of aviation and the Air Force Association's Wright Memorial Chapter Ambassador of the Year in 2015. In 2016 he was named the Dayton area's top volunteer with The President Club of Dayton's Citizen Legion of Honor Award. In 2018 he was named to the Dayton Business Hall of Fame and in 2020 was named the (Congressman) Dave Hobson Dayton Region Advocate Award recipient by the Dayton Development Coalition.
Phil and his wife Donna, who have 2 children Natasha (Mark) and Matthew, and 3 granddaughters Chloe, Kennedy, and Violet, live in Beavercreek, Ohio where their grandchildren are sixth-generation Beavercreek residents. Donna is a retired teacher in the Beavercreek school system and an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton. Phil is a lifelong outdoorsman who is an active fisherman and hunter and enjoys muscle cars, old motorcycles, and oldies rock & roll music. He is an active member of the Kettering Seventh-Day Adventist Church and serves on the churches' Good Neighbor House Board of Trustees.
CURRENT BOARD AND COMMISSION SERVICES
GREENE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
AMERICAN RED CROSS DAYTON CHAPTER
LEADERSHIP DAYTON BOARD OF GOVERNORS
SOIN MEDICAL CENTER
KETTERING HEALTH NETWORK
SURFING FLORIDA MUSEUM
OHIO (GOVERNMENT) OIL AND GAS COMMISSION
OPERATION 2000 CHERRY TREE PROJECT
GOOD NEIGHBOR HOUSE