Speaker Rodney O. Parks Helping Build Your Potential

Rodney O. Parks is the founder of Parks Professional Group (PPG), a public speaking|management consulting firm based in Little Rock Arkansas. His subject matter focus is leadership, diverse wealth transfer, banking and management development. He is a noted stellar speaker at conferences with his keynotes and presentations. His depth of experience as a manager at a Fortune 100 company, over twenty years of banking and featured columnist gives him insight with his audiences.


  • Leadership
  • Motivational
  • Sales
  • Technology
  • Wealth Building


$1500 - $5000

Travels from

Little Rock

Helping Build Your Potential

Rodney is a 1991 graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a major in Economics and Finance. He is the current Director of Development at Philander Smith College. His current success is noted below:

Increased alumni giving from 4% to 18% since 2008

Manage major gifts portfolio of 70 donors totaling pledges and donations of

Increased planned giving from 15 planned gifts to 40 planned gifts

Secured $1M in government appropriations

Directed marketing and social media communications

CASE Faculty on Planned Giving, Major Gifts and Annual Fund

Improved database management by reducing returned mail from 38% to 6%

Assisted corporate/foundation relations with increase of $2M in new money

His highly developed interpersonal skills have led to promotions in positions of leadership and management where he has been able to continuously deliver measurable and profitable results. As an active community member in the State of Arkansas, his leadership qualities have been noted by the following organizations:

Chairman – State Banking Board of Arkansas (2012)

Board Member – Arkansas Tech University Foundation (2012)

Vice President – Leadership – Association of Fundraising Professionals (2013)

Board Member – Little Rock School District Audit Committee (2013)

Leadership Arkansas Class I (2007)

Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 (2007)

Former Board of Trustees – Arkansas District Judges Retirement System (2005)

Current Member – Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation (2004)

Former President – Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association (2003)

He is married to the former Carmen Hamilton of Little Rock and has twin daughters.

Diverse Wealth Transfer – (Banking/Finance) Diverse Wealth Transfer is the transfer of income or assets from individuals or families of minority status (ethnic, gender or orientation) to other causes or concerns (which can include family, religion, education or non-profit). Points Covered: The Statistics – The Trust Factor – The Strategies – The Opportunity

GPS Leadership – (Leadership/Motivational) How to Grow, Protect & Share Your Leadership Brand. Develop the skills that make people and institutions want to follow you. Harness collaborative leadership capacities that generate growth. Points Covered: Collaborative Leadership – Value – Analysis – Innovation – Feedback

Building Leadership Capacity – (Students/Athletes) How to develop your value proposition in the classroom, organizations and community. Learn methods of branding through service, stewardship and smarts. Points Covered: What’s Local is Global – Leadership: Standing Out or Standing In – Distinct Communication Skills

iPad Training for Business Operations, Marketing & Connections – (Sales/Marketing) How to manage while mobile. What apps can help your business grow. Professional and personal uses of the iPad that keep you ahead. Points Covered: Apps for Productivity – Communications – Education and iTunes U

Philanthropy As Economic Development – (Non-Profit) Understand how economic development shifts from government appropriations and earmarks to corporate, foundation and family philanthropy. How to position your organization for philanthropy and investment. Points Covered: The Value Proposition – Government Relationships – Collaborative Non-Profits – Grant writing

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