The Presidents Club of Dayton has announced that Phillip L. Parker, CAE, CCE is the 66th recipient of the region’s 2016 Citizen Legion of Honor Award. The award, given every year since 1951, is the oldest and most continuous recognition of community volunteer service in the Dayton region.
Phil Parker has been an active volunteer in or region for the last 42 years averaging between 500-600 hours annually in service to our community.
Parker, who is the President and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, has spent his adult life here in our region working in the private sector first at Rikes in retailing; then in the insurance industry at Hiatt Agency; later as CEO of the Home Builders Association prior to his career at the Chamber of Commerce.
As part of his career, he has served on numerous area agencies like the Montgomery County Community Improvement Corporation; the Workforce Investment Board and as an appointee by Governor Kasich on 2 workforce-related state boards; the 2003 Centennial of Flight Committee and more. But along the way, he made time for other volunteer service opportunities not related to his career.
Mr. Parker started his volunteer service as an alumni advisor to his fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Dayton in 1974. Soon he joined the Jaycees, rising to be president in 1981. He also became very active in the American Red Cross in the 70s teaching CPR and ultimately serving on the Board where he was the ARC’s regional chair from 2007-2009. He has continued his service there for over 33 years.
Parker was President of the Presidents Club in 1987-88; joined the Board of Greene Memorial Hospital in 1993; and chaired the region’s $18.2 million United Way Campaign in 1999. He is the founding Board Chair of Antioch University Midwest (2008-2013) and serves on the boards of Kettering College and Kettering Health Network along with 8 other boards and commissions. Parker, a 33rd degree Mason, is also active in Freemasonry, serving on its Foundation Board, among other duties. He has been a member of the Dayton Rotary since 1996.
Mr. Parker is a proud citizen of Beavercreek where his wife’s family roots go back more than 100 years and his grandchildren are the 5th generation in Beavercreek schools. Parker served on the 4th of July Committee chairing the community’s annual parade for 10 years. From 1986-1991 he coached youth soccer with the Beavercreek Soccer Association. He served on the city’s Parks & Recreation Board for 6 years, 2 of which as Chair. Parker was the founding chair of the Beavercreek Community Foundation in the late 1980s. He has served on 4 different Beavercreek school levy campaigns and has been the Treasurer of the last 2 Beavercreek Police levies. With the schools in mind, in 1989 he chaired a small group of citizens which helped overturn the anti-mall referendums and ultimately gave the right to build the Fairfield Commons Mall and surrounding retail, a windfall for Beavercreek schools. In 1996 he led the project that built the concession stand at the Nutter Baseball Complex which helps sustain Beavercreek youth baseball. In the mid-90s, he helped facilitate the school district’s first Business Advisory Council. In 2011, he was a key leader and ultimately founding Board member for the creation of the Soin Medical Center.
In all, Parker has served on more than 50 local, state or national Boards and commissions over the past 42 years, volunteering over 20,000 hours of service to the region.
Parker holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University; an MBA degree from the University of Dayton; and has the professional designations of Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Certified Chamber Executive (CCE).
Phil and his wife Donna live in Beavercreek and have 2 children Natasha Nuttbrock (Mark) and Matthew (Laura) and are blessed with 3 grandchildren Chloe, Kennedy and Violet.
Mr. Parker will be honored at the Citizen Legion of Honor Award ceremony Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the Dayton Convention Center. The event will start at 10:30 AM with a VIP reception, followed by a luncheon from 11:15 AM – 1 PM. Tickets and table sponsorships are available by calling Marcia Bostick at the Presidents Club at 937-226-8225 or by emailing her at email@example.com. Proceeds from this annual event go toward establishing scholarships at Sinclair Community College for students who are active volunteer leaders in our community.