Greg Parker, the president and CEO of Parker’s, is featured in a “Power Players” profile in the May 2013 issue of Georgia Trend.
An award-winning industry leader, Parker has influenced the convenience store industry with his emphasis on loyalty, spirit of innovation, love of technology and commitment to customer service.
“Greg Parker has a pedigree of business ownership in the automotive fuel industry, but he might never have discovered his own genius for it if he had stuck with his post-graduate ‘Plan A,’ law school,” the article noted. “Instead, he returned to Glennville after finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia in 1976.”
Parker went on to become the leader of one of America’s most trend-setting convenience store companies. He has been named the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Savannah Morning News and the Retail Innovator of the Year for the Southeast by The Griffin Report.
“Parker’s stations are as famous for their style as they are for their substance,” the article said. “Yes, they sell gasoline, snack food and beverages—Parker’s is known for its “Chewy Ice”—but in a setting that’s uncommon for convenience stores. Stores are bright and inviting, with open floor plans, Wi-Fi and, above all, impeccably clean bathrooms.”
Parker is an active community advocate in Savannah, Ga., serving on the board of directors for the Savannah Economic Development Authority and Memorial Health Foundation. He also serves as the chairman of the Mayor’s Business Roundtable and supports a number of local organizations.
Parker currently serves on Pepsi’s Retail Advisory Council and previously served on the Coca-Cola Retail Advisory Committee. He is a member of the World President’s Organization and heads up an international CEO committee led by respected economist Walter Zimmerman.
In addition to delivering exceptional products and state-of-the-art services, Parker’s is widely considered an industry leader for its Fueling the Community program, which gives back one cent of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to public and private schools in every community where Parker’s does business. The company’s PumpPal loyalty program has also saved customers more than $3 million since its inception in 2011.
The company is headquartered in Savannah, Ga. and operates successful convenience stores across Georgia and South Carolina. Parker’s plans to open additional locations in Beaufort, Jasper, Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, Effingham and Bulloch counties.