GREG PARKER – Founder and CEO
One of the nation’s leading business innovators, Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker has earned acclaim for his commitment to high-quality foodservice, technology, consumer rights and charitable giving. Parker has been recognized as the Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year, the Convenience Store News Tech Executive of the Year, the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club Citizen of the Year, the Savannah Morning News Entrepreneur of the Year and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year.
Under his leadership, Parker’s has grown from a one-store operation in Midway, Georgia to an award-winning, 64-store company with state-of-the-art convenience stores located throughout Georgia and South Carolina, serving delicious, award-winning Southern-inspired Parker’s Kitchen food that’s made from scratch.
The company has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for five years and was recently honored by Food and Wine as one of America’s Best Convenience Stores and named The Shelby Report’s Southeast Retailer of the Year. 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 19 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 PumpPal loyalty program, which includes more than 150,000 members and has saved customers more than $10 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 the Fall of 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. The new funding established the Parker Business Scholars Program, Parker Business Scholarship Fund and Parker Faculty Support Fund, encouraging Georgia Southern students to excel in the areas of professional development and scholarship.
Parker is also an accomplished speaker who has delivered the State of the Industry keynote address for the National Association of Convenience Stores for five consecutive years and was the keynote speaker at the Outlook Conference. He has also 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.
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. He previously served as chairman of the BPAmoco Marketers Association and was 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 currently 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.
Parker is the proud father of three children – Olivia, Bennett and Lily – and is based in Savannah, Ga.