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Jeffery P. Parker
Jeffrey P. Parker, BS '65, MEng '66, MBA '70
  • Past Chair, Johnson Advisory Council
  • Chair, Parker Center Advisory Board

  • Council
Member, Cayuga MBA Fund Board of Directors

  • Past Chair, Enrepreneurship@Cornell
  • Trustee Emeritus and Presidential Counselor, Cornell University
  • Managing Director, Parker Family Limited Partnership

  • Venture Partner, GrandBanks Capital

  • Retired Co-Founder and CEO – CCBN

  • Founder, FirstCall Corporation
  • Past Chairman & CEO – Thomson Financial

Jeff Parker is managing director of the Parker Family Limited Partnership and a Partner at GrandBanks Capital (Boston), a venture capital firm focused on Internet based information, financial services and mobile technology.  He is also the co-founder and retired CEO of CCBN, a web-based information services company, a founder of FirstCall Corporation, and a past CEO of Thomson Financial,

In 1980, Jeff founded Technical Data Corporation. In 1982, he became Chairman and CEO of Business Research Corporation, and in 1983 founded FirstCall Corporation. All three companies were sold to Thomson Financial in 1986 where Jeff was Chairman and CEO from 1988 to 1991. Under his leadership, Thomson Financial (now part of Thomson Reuters) laid the foundation to become a major provider of proprietary financial information to the investment and corporate communities.  In 2010, Jeff received recognition as one of the 50 most important Pioneers of the Financial Services Industry over the past 25 years by Inside Market Data.

Prior to starting Technical Data, Jeff served as a Vice President and Senior Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Fidelity Investments. He has also held management positions at Smith, Barney, Loeb Rhoads, and A.G. Becker. In addition to being an active investor and advisor to many early stage financial services companies, he also holds board positions at:

  • MainstreamData (Salt Lake City) – Chairman
  • Firmex, Inc. (Toronto)
  • KnowledgeVision (Boston)

Jeff is a graduate of Cornell University from which he received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1965, a Master of Engineering in 1966, and an MBA in 1970.   

An active supporter of Johnson and The Parker Center, Jeff was an early participant and a past co-chair of Cornell's Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise Program (now Entrepreneurship@Cornell), Chair of the Johnson Annual Fund from 1990 to 1996, and a Johnson Advisory Council member since 1987 of which he is the past Chair.  

In 1995, Jeff was appointed to the University's Board of Trustees and in 2001 was named Cornell's Entrepreneur of the Year and inducted in The Johnson's Hall of Honor. Jeff has been recognized as a Major Benefactor of Cornell and is currently a Trustee Emeritus and a Presidential Counselor of the University.

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