Founding Partners & Origins

For over a decade, Parrish Partners has been delivering leading solutions to organizations and individuals committed to excellence.   Founded in 2002 by Mark and Michele Parrish, a husband and wife team with a shared commitment to bringing positive culture change to organizations. Their vision from the start was to create a company that integrated their wealth of knowledge and experience in leading and managing change in organizations and leveraged the talents of their shared world-class partners and associates.   As seasoned executives with a track record of achieving excellence, Mark and Michele know that sustainable results are most often achieved through optimizing not only operations but also human capital. Determining where and how to focus to optimize the whole is as much as an art as a science. With their combined 50+ years of experience, educations from world-class institutions, extensive network of leading professionals, and a love of life-long learning and innovation, they work passionately to create lasting, positive change for organizations and individuals who wish to achieve excellence in their field.

Mark A Parrish

Mark A. Parrish

Originally from West Virginia, Mr. Parrish graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned into Army Aviation. During ten years of uniformed service, Mark served in five countries on three continents. As an AH-64 Apache pilot, he served in Operations Desert Shield/Storm where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal for Valor. He left the service and entered the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned two Masters of Science degrees in Engineering and Management. Mark joined Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) following his graduation from MIT. During his tenure he contributed to Harley’s legendary success while ascending to the position of corporate Director of Vehicle Assembly.

Mark next joined Interface, Inc. (NASDAQ:IFSIA), a $1B Atlanta-based floor covering manufacturer, as the Vice President of Global Manufacturing Strategy. Here he led the financial turnaround efforts of Interface’s $370M national network of installation and maintenance service providers.

Mark then joined with Fenway Partners, a New York based private equity firm, as Director and Chief Operating Officer for MW Manufacturers, Inc., Fenway’s $250M mid-Atlantic manufacturer of residential windows and doors. Following the financial turnaround of MW, he transitioned within Fenway’s portfolio to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of The Simmons Companies of Atlanta, Georgia. There Mark was an instrumental member of the team that helped $700M Simmons to improve customer service and operational efficiency. During Mark’s tenure Simmons stock more than tripled in value.

After Simmons, Mark consulted for a number of companies requiring operational improvement or assistance in organizational development as an Operating Partner in Chicago-based Northlight Capital, L.L.C., and in Phoenix-based Parrish Partners, L.L.C. Mark also advised financial analysts pursuing research on both the motorcycle and mattress industries as a Gerson Lehrman Group Council Member.

Mark’s first chief executive role came as Director, President and CEO of Deceuninck North America, the $90M North American subsidiary of a $700M Belgian-based, publicly held parent (Euronext:DECB). With over 400 associates, DNA provides lineal extrusions to the window and door industry and a variety of other building product extrusions nationwide from its production facilities and distribution centers in Ohio. While at DNA, Mark personally led an enterprise-wide cultural transformation initiative including vision, mission, and strategy development and deployment across all functions, geographies and hierarchies. His efforts led to an unprecedented operational and financial turnaround, with an impact of over $20M in annualized cost reductions on enriched sales and a stronger customer base. At his departure DNA enjoyed unprecedented year-over-year improvement in sales (14%), EBITDA (153%), debt (less $27.5M in 22 months), and earnings ($10M) in stagnant markets within a recessionary economy.

Mark’s next chief executive role came as Director, President and CEO of the 82-year-old, privately held, wholly family-owned American icon that is Stuart Dean Company, Inc. Manhattan-based Stuart Dean is a commercial and residential real estate service provider, possessing proprietary licenses granting it exclusive distribution of products to complement its service offerings. With global capability, and from its nineteen North American offices, Stuart Dean remains today the country’s preeminent restoration and preservation company.

Today Mark is a Director and the President and CEO of Igloo Products Corp., the Texas-based international designer, manufacturer and marketer of coolers and other outdoor products and housewares. Founded in 1947, Igloo originated the cooler category and remains today the number one cooler brand worldwide. For more than six decades, the Igloo brand has been synonymous with quality, durability and innovation. Offering more than five hundred products in sixty-two countries, Igloo coolers are sold at more than one hundred ten thousand retailer storefronts around the world. For more information, visit www.igloocoolers.com.

As the founder and managing member of Parrish Partners, LLC, Mark continues to actively contribute to client engagements, providing guidance, vision and inspiration to the extended team that today comprises the firm he helped found.

Michele ParrishMichele M. Parrish

Originally from Southwest Michigan, Mrs. Parrish graduated from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering. Michele joined Intel Corporation in 1991 and participated in the enormous growth and success that the company achieved as it grew from a $4B to a $36B revenue company with “Operations Excellence” as a key competitive advantage. In 2003, Michele was one of only three employees in the then 40,000 employee company to be sponsored by Intel to attend the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During her two years at MIT, Michele earned a Masters of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering and a Master of Science in Management.

At MIT, Michele also discovered her passion for learning and living the principles of leading organizations through organizational change. Upon her return to Intel, Michele served in numerous key operations and organizational change roles involving cutting edge technology transfers and high volume production ramps. One of the highlights of Michele’s career was leading a 1,000+ person manufacturing organization during a $2.2B retrofit of a fabrication facility to state-of-the art 300mm wafers. During this retrofit and technology transfer, Michele served as a change agent for the 3,500 person organization, creating a start-up culture that valued not only hitting aggressive start-up goals but also honoring and nurturing the employees that enabled them.  This highly successful start-up made Intel history and also enriched the lives of thousands of employees who learned and experienced the power of high performance teams.

Throughout her career, Michele invested in ongoing leadership studies and graduated from several leadership programs including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Leaders for Manufacturing Program,  several Intel Leadership Programs, Landmark Forum Advanced Leadership,  Chandler, AZ Leadership Institute, and Arizona Leadership.   Enamored by the power of coaching techniques to drive fundamental shifts in individual performance and behavior, Michele became an International Coaching Federation certified professional coach and added this core competency to the Parrish Partner repertoire.

Since 2006, Michele has been leading the company and expanding the executive and professional services available. Under Michele’s leadership, Parrish Partners gained several Fortune 500 clients and spanned their reach from financial services to consumer products, insurance, and manufacturing companies. Michele also co-created the B.M.O.R.E. leadership model, which is the proprietary Parrish Partners model and methodology for teaching effective personal leadership to dramatically improves one’s ability to lead others and influence positive change.  Michele passionately dedicates herself to ongoing learning and innovation in her field.   Her approach as a consultant-coach is integrative and comprehensive.  She leverages her latest in neuroscience, positive psychology, and coaching techniques to maximize return client engagements.