Parks Joins Chamber of Marine Commerce
The Chamber of Marine Commerce announced that Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, USCG (Ret.), has joined the Chamber as Special Advisor.
In his new role, Rear Adm. Parks will be working with the chamber to promote the distinct economic, environmental and safety advantages of the binational Great Lakes – St. Lawrence shipping industry, in addition to increasing awareness and advising on the industry’s maritime-related policy and issues.
Before his retirement in 2013, Parks was the Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, which spans the five Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states, including 1,500 miles of international border. Previously, he was the Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters United States Northern Command, with responsibility including land, maritime, and Homeland Defense air operations as well as Defense Support of Civil Authorities.
Parks is a 1982 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from George Washington University and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy and Policy from the National War College in Washington, D.C.
Parks, a career “cutterman”, has more than 12 years of sea duty while serving aboard six different Coast Guard cutters, commanding four of those ships. Rear Adm. Parks’ awards include The Defense Superior Service Medal, four Legions of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbons and various service and unit awards.
“We are delighted to have Rear Admiral Parks join us as Special Advisor,” said Stephen Brooks, President, Chamber of Marine Commerce. “During his stellar 31-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, he has worked closely with our industry and its stakeholders and has a deep understanding of both marine shipping’s contributions and challenges. We believe Rear Adm. Parks will be an invaluable asset to the Chamber and our bi-national industry.”
Parks said, “With billions of dollars in new, environmentally advanced ships and new infrastructure at the Seaway and Great Lakes ports and terminals, the marine industry is poised to deliver great things. In my new role with the Chamber of Marine Commerce, I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to help the industry deliver for our two great nations.”