Ned Parks

Ned Parks

About Ned

Ned Parks has had a rich and varied life that has taken him from police officer to helicopter pilot to successful entrepreneur with management and leadership positions in the journey.

He brings this experience to his consulting practice as a global provider of business consulting and staff development services that help organizations improve management and strategic competencies enhance customer service and improve employee engagement efforts.

In his work, Ned has traveled to over 20 different countries, interacted with more than 500 organizations, made more than 1,700 presentations to more than 25,000 people from every level of organizational structure.

  • Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Organizational Performance
  • Leading Change
  • Performance Coaching
  • Teams and Conflict
  • DiSC and 363 assessment coaching
  • Design Thinking
  • Table Top Business Simulations®
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Service
  • Government
  • Military
  • Cruise Lines
  • International/Domestic Hospitality
  • Learning and Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Executive retreat facilitation

Ned Park’s Biography

I started my professional career after being accepted into the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Flight training program in 1983. I received my commission as a Warrant Officer Grade 1 (WO1) and my Army Aviator wings in 1984 and headed to South Korea.
My call sign in Korea was Guardian 32 until I left my door unlatched while on field maneuvers, and the rotor wash from another helicopter ripped it off the hinges. The guys changed my call sign to Door Buster 32. This was in 1984, and my old army pals still call me that—some things you never live down. We flew support missions in UH-1 “Hueys” to mountaintop signal sites. That’s North Korea in the background.
I was assigned to the 125 ATC Battalion, part of the 1st Signal Brigade, from 1984 to 1985. The unit flew in support of all Army Air Traffic control and all 1st. Signal Brigade operations. It was my first experience as a leader, and lucky I had some outstanding mentors—a few bad ones but mostly good ones.
I was super lucky to get a tour of Panmunjeom. The Joint Security Area. That is me with my fellow soldiers inside the Conference center.
Panmunjeom is located in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), 50 km north of Seoul and 10 km east of the city of Gaeseong. This city now belongs to North Korea. This area is most notably known for the peace talks held here on October 25, 1951, and on July 27, 1953, when the Armistice Agreement was signed. It is now beyond the jurisdiction of both the North and South.
The conference center in Panmunjeom is surrounded by the Joint Security Area (JSA) and measures 800 meters in diameter. It is the only portion of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where North and South Korean forces stand face-to-face. It was used as a filming location for the movie “JSA (Joint Security Area).” It was also the site of military negotiations between North Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC). It has now become one of the most visited tourist sites of the DMZ.
When I left Korea, I was assigned back to Ft. Rucker, Alabama, as a classroom and flight instructor. I taught leadership and combat flight.
When I left active duty, I returned to Ohio, joined the U.S. Army Reserves and opened my first business. Parks Aviation opened its doors in 1989 at the Holmes County Airport in Millersburg, Ohio. We operated the airport on behalf of the county and ran the aviation services business. We gave flight instruction, aircraft maintenance, sold fuel and provided other services.
We then moved the operation to Akron Fulton Airport. We had the business in the building next to the famous Goodyear Airdock. We provided fuel, maintenance, aircraft charter, and other services to privately owned aircraft.
In 1993 it was time to upgrade again. We moved to the Akron Canton Airport, doubling in size, operations, and employees. That is Air Force One on the ramp when POTUS was in town. We also won the contract to service all military aircraft that came to the airport, dignitaries, celebrities, performers and private corporate aircraft.
I sold the Akron-Canton operation and was hired to manage Mid-Ohio Aviation at the Wayne County Airport in Wooster, Ohio. Mid-Ohio Aviation was a subsidiary of the Seaman Corporation. I had the privilege of working with two of the best leaders and business minds I could ask for. I had total P&L and balance sheet responsibility like when I owned my own company, but this time I had two mentors to sit down with me monthly. We would analyze what was going on in the business.
The entrepreneurial bug bit again, and I moved out of aviation altogether. I opened New Directions Learning and Development.