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Chad Parks

Founder + CEO

1. If you were going to open a small business tomorrow, what would it be?

Culinary Anthropology Adventure Tours

2. If you had one trophy on your mantle, what would it be for?

Congeniality

3. If you had another degree, what would it be in?

Master of Communications with the opposite gender

4. What is your strongest asset?

Sense of Humor

5. If you had your own mission statement, what would it be?

To live in happiness and to give back as much as I can.

6. If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would you say?

Should have listened to your Dad, and pay yourself first. You’d be done by now!

7. If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Ghandi – he was way ahead of his time and very courageous.

8. Who or what is your greatest source of inspiration?

Inspiration is the great network of people that I am surrounding myself with. Motivation comes from my kids and family.

9. How do you stay inspired?

Practicing gratitude and appreciation.

10. What is one thing you can’t live without?

There is no easy answer to this question – but it really boils down to my health. Without that, nothing else matters.

11. What does your ideal retirement look like?

Not having to work, and not having to compromise, and being able to still contribute and do what I love in a meaningful way.

12. What is one or two of your bucket list items?

Have a beer at the Guinness factory in Dublin, and go into outer space.

13. What fact about you surprises people the most?

That there is way more to me than my business life, and that those other interests are many and varied.

14. What was something that recently moved you?

Having 2 minutes to write a good bye note to my family if I knew the end was near. What do you say? I was happy with my note, but it made it all too real that I won’t be there for them always.