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 $700MB 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.
In 2017, Mark won Houston’s coveted CEO of the Year award. Learn more about Mark’s accomplishments, philosophy, and impact in this Houston Business Journal Article: Mark Parrish Wins HBJ CEO of the Year Award
Additional Publications Highlighting Mark’s Novel Approach to Building Cultures of Commitment: