GREG PARKER – Founder and CEO
Greg Parker, the founder and CEO of Parker’s and Parker’s Kitchen, stands apart as one of America’s leading business innovators. He has earned acclaim for his uncompromising commitment to high-quality foodservice, his dedication to operating the cleanest convenience stores in the industry and his passion for cutting-edge technology, consumer rights and charitable giving.
Recently inducted into the Convenience Store News Hall of Fame, Parker has been recognized as the Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year, Convenience Store News Tech Executive of the Year, Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club Citizen of the Year, Savannah Morning News Entrepreneur of the Year and Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2020, Parker was named a Georgia Trend Legacy Leader, which recognizes business leaders across the state who have made a long-term impact on their communities and on the state as a whole.
Under his leadership, Parker’s has grown from a one-store operation in Midway, Georgia to an acclaimed 69-store company with state-of-the-art convenience stores located throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Currently celebrating its 45th anniversary, the company proudly serves delicious, award-winning, Southern-inspired Parker’s Kitchen food that is made from scratch daily.
Honored as the 2020 Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year, Parker’s has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in America for five years. The company has been voted one of the America’s Top 10 Gas Brands by USA TODAY readers, named one of America’s Best Convenience Stores by Food and Wine and earned a Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, which recognizes the top 10% of restaurants around the world.
Parker is currently leading the company through an ambitious growth plan, which includes a strategic expansion into the Charleston, S.C. market. Over the past 20 years, revenue at Parker’s has grown by 20% annually, thanks to the visionary leadership of the company’s award-winning CEO. At the same time, Parker has elevated the convenience store industry, exceeding consumer expectations and setting the standard for exceptional foodservice.
A steadfast advocate for consumer rights, Parker launched the Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, which includes 221,000 members and has saved customers more than $15 million to date. He also founded the company’s acclaimed Fueling the Community charitable giving initiative, which gives back to every community where Parker’s does business and endowed the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga.
In 2020, Parker made a landmark $20 million donation to establish the Parker’s Community Fund, which supports charitable causes throughout the region. In 2018, Parker made a record $5 million donation to name the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University, supporting the next generation of business leaders in Georgia.
Parker is also an accomplished speaker who has delivered the State of the Industry keynote address for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) for six years and served as the keynote speaker at the Outlook Conference and the NACS Leadership Forum. He has been a featured presenter at the NACS Leadership Assembly, Leadership Southeast Georgia, the Savannah Downtown Business Association, the City of Savannah, Savannah State University and Georgia Southern University. Parker also delivered an inspiring commencement address for graduates of Georgia Southern University’s Parker College of Business and a popular TEDxSavannah talk.
A national industry leader, Parker is active in the Petroleum Marketers Study Group and previously served as the vice chairman of research for the National Association of Convenience Stores, chairman of the BPAmoco Marketers Association and a member of the Pepsi Retail Advisory Council as well as the Coca-Cola Retail Advisory Committee.
Parker actively donates his time and resources to a number of nonprofit organizations in Savannah, Ga. and leads a city-wide anti-litter initiative. He previously served as chairman of the Mayor’s Business Roundtable and contributed to the Mayor’s Crime Task Force. Over the years, he also served as the chairman of the Savannah Master Plan Task Force and on the board of directors for the Savannah Economic Development Authority, the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Memorial Health Foundation.
Originally from Collins, Ga., Parker is the proud father of three children – Olivia, Bennett and Lily – and lives in Savannah, Ga.