Current to September 2022
CEO • President • Director • New Venture Management • Turnarounds
Anthony J. Parkinson is a transformational senior business executive with a style and focus on servant leadership. He is an energetic and engaging visionary with global experience at the most senior level. He has proven fiscally sound business management skills and the ability and experience to oversee and develop new programs and innovations while reviewing and enhancing current programs for both economy and effectiveness. Accustomed to being responsible for and accountable to large organizations and public and private companies. Mentor with excellent communication skills, and considerable experience in the direct supervision of multiple levels of staff. Demonstrable business and financial acumen with an emphasis on quality results.
The Professional Experience
Partner in one of the first three established LBO firms, (Quincy-Hillman). Implemented operational and financial plans for the first reorganization as co-owner of an insolvent partnership (NAE dba NY Islanders). Co-founder KRONOS, Inc. first microprocessor-controlled algorithm in time/attendance. Was key in decision making while galvanizing sales program for a commercial foreign currency modeling/hedging operating and inventory risk (GFTA-Dusseldorf) while also establishing partnerships and improving operations to make the company’s future more sustainable. Vice President/Investment Banking Partner Drexel Burnham Lambert completing several billion dollars of domestic/international corporate financings. Executive Vice-President Urbix, Inc. (current) helping to establish this high tech startup as an international and significant entity in advanced materials.
CEO of Vicarage Motor Cars, Inc. a Jaguar-sponsored member of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (UK). Created the market for uprated historic classic cars specializing in Jaguars. Built the only Jaguar Mark II DHC for production and the unique XJ-13 Le Mans prototype tested to 168 mph. Led a large team to develop and execute strategic long range plans.
Provided investment banking advice and closed the acquisition of Milton Bradley Company for $400 million. As Senior Vice-President, integrated and managed the combined $300 million European business for Milton Bradley and Hasbro, Inc. achieving industry sales leadership in Europe while assembling a top ranked staff for the European operations and establishing financial stability. As CEO, restructured and revitalized FAO Schwarz and marketed the first FAO branded retail offerings. Designed a two-story toy extravaganza for Mohamed Al-Fayed at Harrods, London. Developed and designed the first haute couture fashion doll and Unexpected Token, the sole tablet game based on worldwide subway travel.
As CEO/founder of Camelot Haircare Products, created and marketed the revolutionary Marilyn Brush; the only patented hourglass-shaped hair tool. When it entered the market, the Marilyn® brush sold at double the price of all competitors and changed the landscape. Camelot achieved industry leadership while winning Best Hairbrush Award in 2005 and 2006. Achieved 90% distributor coverage within four years of start-up while pioneering the teaching of hair brushing techniques using only Marilyn® hairbrushes in 100 beauty schools across North America, an industry first in part due to innovative use of technology and social as well as traditional media.
Executive Vice-Chairman and senior financial advisor of international graphite processing green tech champion Urbix, Inc. Financially engineered for Benson Solar Green Technologies a no net cost option to install a four megawatt solar system in Monroe County (Florida Keys) for the School Board in which the capital cost was funded by a concomitant reduction in operating expenses. Strategic advisor SiO2 Nanotech’s VitreOx™.
Together with a senior marine architect, created the first specifically designed 48-foot outboard powered pleasure craft using four Seven-Marine 557-hp outboards weighing 4000 pounds hung on the transom. Successfully competed in the Florida Venture Capital Business Plan competition 2014 and the winning venture, Outlier Yachts, was funded with $2.0 million in start-up capital.
Health & Natural Foods Industry
Senior Advisor XTEST, Inc. start-up/seed venture, SkySong-based, Arizona State University; Vice-Chairman TriageNow, the leading provider of nurse triage in workman’s compensation. Established nutraceutical relationship of the flavonoid Anthocyanin in Saskatoon berries as medicinal food. Evaluating the efficacy and sustainability of regenerative options like dry almond farming as well as examining non-pharma alternatives for health. Worked with the British Columbia Salmon Farmer’s Association and the University of British Columbia to create the first study of a chlorine dioxide (CL02) single source product to aid in disease mitigation in salmon, funded in partnership with the Canadian Government and private interests. CIO (Chief Information Officer) of Bionovelus (ONOV) publicly traded biofungicide disinfectant which is 100% biodegradable.
Non-Profit Experience & Athletics
Enjoys a core philosophy based on the principles of servant leadership throughout his career. Has sat on the boards and/or taken key and active roles with the following organizations: Academy of Applied Science, Board member (current). Encouraging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) programs where students apply scientific knowledge to life, research and inventions. Positive Coaching Alliance (Phoenix chapter); Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach (Founder); Hasbro Children’s Hospital (advisor), Baccarat 1764 Family Trusts (France), Jaguar Heritage Trust/Midland Motor Museum (UK); Wenonah Family Foundation (Jules Bache); Joy and Anthony Parkinson Foundation; Wharton Graduate Division Board of Directors (co-chair, Curriculum committee); Grace Commission (co-chair 1 of 36 groupings); several wildlife/environmental initiatives for water and land conservation in Florida including The Nature Conservancy, River Keeper (Coalition), Everglades Restoration, and Wetlands Management in an area that was geographically diverse and composed of many cultural backgrounds. Excelled at attracting and retaining key volunteer and staff leadership.
Post-collegiate play on the ice included, the St. Nicks Hockey Club; Springfield Indians; Jokerit Premiere Division, Helsinki, Finland. General Partner with the New York Islanders NHL team and Professional involvement on the Lacrosse field with the Long Island Lacrosse Club leading to a youth coaching after-hours career training over 600 boys and girls in both sports including three year Arizona State Champion high school lacrosse team.
- BA — Political Science — University of Pennsylvania
- MBA —Wharton Graduate Division — Finance and Accounting
- Founded the Wharton Executive Dinner Program still in existence today. Board member Wharton Graduate Division.
- Guest Lecturer Arizona State University, Graduate School of Engineering.
- Executive in Residence at P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (ASU); lecturer in Entrepreneurship and business development