Jeffrey P. Parker, BS '66; MEng '67; MBA '70
Chair, Parker Center Advisory BoardChair, the Johnson Advisory Council
Member, Cayuga MBA Fund Board of Directors
Managing Director, Parker Family Limited Partnership
Jeff Parker is managing director of the Parker Family Limited Partnership. He is also the co-founder and retired CEO of CCBN, a web-based information services company, and the founder and managing director of Private Equity Investments, a venture capital firm focusing on start-up and early stage companies. As the founder and CEO of several other successful financial service companies over the past twenty five years, Jeff brings an operating perspective to the companies in which he invests, as well as a wealth of financial expertise and an extended network of domestic and international business contacts.
In 1980, Jeff founded Technical Data Corporation which he subsequently sold in 1986 to Canadian publishing giant Thomson Corporation. In 1982, he became Chairman and CEO of Business Research Corporation, and in 1983 founded First Call Corporation. Under his leadership, Thomson Financial Services (TFS), as the group is now known, became a major provider of proprietary financial information to the investment and corporate communities.
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 advisor to many early stage financial services companies, he also is a Venture Partner with GrandBanks Capital (Boston), Chairman of the Board of FirstCoverage (Toronto) and a Director of Mainstream Data (Salt Lake City).
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, Jeff was an early participant in Cornell's Entrepreneur of the Year Celebration, co-founder and co-chair of the University's Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise Program, a Johnson Advisory Council member since 1987 of which he is currently the Chair, and Chair of the School's annual fund from 1990 to 1996. Jeff was a member of the Major Gifts Committee for his 25th reunion, and a member of the Cornell University council for the periods 1986-90 and 1992-present. 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 Johnson's Hall of Honor.