Board of Directors
Jeffrey P. Parker, BS '66; MEng '67; MBA '70
Chair, Parker Center Advisory Board
Member, Cayuga MBA Fund Board of Directors
Managing Director, Parker Family Limited Partnership
Jeff is the founding benefactor and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Parker Center for Investment Research at the Johnson School at Cornell University. He has an extensive history of success as an entrepreneur, CEO and investor in financial service companies over the past 35 years. In 1980, Jeff founded Technical Data Corporation, a provider of financial analytic services for the institutional investor community. In 1983, he founded First Call Corporation, which quickly became one of the financial community's leading providers of real-time broker-sources research, earnings estimates, equity and fixed income ownership information, insider trading information and corporate news releases. In 1986, Jeff sold both these businesses to the Canadian publishing giant International Thomson, now Thomson Reuters, and became Chairman and CEO of Thomson Financial, its financial services subsidiary. Under Jeff's leadership, Thomson Financial became a major provider of proprietary financial information to the investment and corporate communities. After serving as CEO of Thomson Financial, Jeff co-founded 38 Newbury Ventures, a venture capital firm which focused on start-up and early stage companies. In 1997, Jeff co-founded CCBN.com (Corporate Communications Broadcast Network) a leader in enabling direct communications between public companies and the investment community over the Internet. CCBN builds, manages and hosts the investor relations sections of corporate websites for thousands of public companies, providing detailed shareholder information through interactive, multi-media solutions. Jeff served as CCBN's Chairman and CEO until the sale of the company to The Thomson Corporation in March 2004.
Jeff earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Engineering and his MBA from Cornell University. Jeff is a Trustee Emeritus and has been recognized as a foremost benefactor of the University. Jeff is also an Emeritus Member and a past Chair of the Johnson School's Advisory Council. In 2001, Jeff was inducted into the Johnson School Hall of Honor, the school's highest award and was also selected as the Cornell University 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year.