Ronald K. Parker, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO of Parker and Parker Art (PaPA), Dr. Ronald K. Parker has been successful in the Art World for more than 40 years. Combining his “eye” for important art and a “nose” for business, Dr. Parker became the first President of an art company listed on Nasdaq, a feat which was repeated shortly thereafter, making him past President of two Nasdaq-listed art companies. His other achievements in the Art World include being an imaginative owner of multiple galleries in Asia, Europe and America.
Over the last 15 years, Dr. Parker has directed his energies as President of Parker and Parker Art Consulting, to serve a select group of HNW clients who regard art as an investment as well as one of life's greatest pleasures. In this capacity, he has presented to his clients some of the most valuable names in the Art World including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet and Picasso. Through a large Swiss Art Investment Group, he has the consulting responsibility to recommend the acquisition of “the best art by the best artists”.
The total art sales through the entities controlled by Dr. Parker have exceeded $1,000,000,000.
Prior to his entry into the Art World in 1978, Dr. Parker's greatest achievement was to personally convince multibillionaire Howard Hughes to fund his team (International Planning Associates) of city and regional planners to site locate, design and manage the construction of Nigeria’s new federal capitol city, Abuja ($24,000,000,000 budget).
Dr. Parker brought the American Job Corps to Nigeria. Internationally, he has also worked in England, France, Iran, and Egypt. Dr. Parker received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and held academic positions in Florida (FSU) and New York (Graduate Center, CUNY). For the US Offices of Child Development and The Office of Economic Opportunity, he was the Executive Director of the largest investment of the US government in innovative, statewide day care design, program development and delivery systems.
Dr. Parker has written three books, 17 monographs, two plays and served as a syndicated columnist for 316 newspapers. His pioneering work in implementing psychological principles for aiding individuals in personal growth and development (“Reboot, Reinvent and Reframe”) has been presented in seminars throughout America.
Dr. Parker is the founder (1997) of The Lou Ferguson Scholarship, and is happily married to Yvonne (President, PaPA), an interior designer (NYSID) and multi-media artist, with whom he resides in Florida. His son, Damien, is a Ph. D. quantitative analyst.