Michael Parker

Occupation: Sr. Director – Global Services Marketing, CA Technologies

First Car: 1981 Datsun B-210 

Favorite Restaurant: My mom’s kitchen – nothing like a home cooked meal. 

1.     What are three things most people don’t know about you? 

a). I’m from a small town in central Georgia…Perry, GA
b). I am a history buff
c). I was a Biology major in college for the first 2 ½ years and wanted to be a marine researcher (then I switched to Computer Science) 

2.   What’s been your greatest adventure in life? 

Living in Germany and Switzerland while working for PeopleSoft. I didn’t know the language(s) and moved over with only 3 weeks advance notice. It turned out to be a great experience for me and really opened my eyes to how other parts of the world work and live. 

3.   What’s your best childhood memory?         

There are a lot of them. I had a great childhood with many fantastic experiences. 

4.   If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why? 

Thomas Edison – His inventions have changed our lives and are in so diverse in nature. I would like to know how he came up with his ideas and how he saw them through from imagination to realization. 

5.   Tell us about your favorite hobby. 

I love to play any sport. I don’t get the chance to play as often these days, but love to when I can. Some of my favorites are: skiing, softball, basketball, and volleyball. 

6.   What are you currently reading?  What is your favorite book? 

Current = The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

Favorite = The Day After Tomorrow by Allan Folsom 

7.   Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?         

There are many. I love to travel and see new sites. A few at the top of my list are…1) Machu Picchu 2) Galapagos Islands 3) Rio de Janeiro 

8.   If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why? 

Either Make-A-Wish Foundation or another children’s charity. I have 2 children of my own and can’t imagine the struggles and pain to the children and their families caused by illness.  

9.  If you weren’t on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

Teaching history at a college/university 

10.  What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?         

I was hired by Hewitt Associates as a technical consultant out of college and used this experience to grow into new and broader roles. I kept building on this path through my tenure at PeopleSoft and Newmerix to deepen my expertise in both the sales/marketing and operations areas so that I fully understand how a Professional Services firm runs from all aspects of the business. 

11.  What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Learn as much as possible and gain exposure to as many experiences as possible. Seeing new ways of doing things and interacting with new people will help you grow more quickly and increase your knowledge/skills exponentially.