Dan Parks

Director, Strategy & Innovation

Email: rdparks@ncsu.edu | Phone: 336-601-8705

Dan Parks

Bio

Dan Parks is Director of Strategy & Innovation for NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES). Dan’s key responsibility is to help lead the development of new products, new markets, and new business models that can enhance service to industry-based, community-based, and government organizations. He helps facilitate strategic alliances and initiatives that result in economic impact. Dan has been a leadership and strategy consultant and an educational product developer for over 25 years. He has consulted with manufacturers, small- to mid-sized companies, banking organizations, university departments, and government agencies. He has created and facilitated innovative programs for such firms as LabCorp, Goodrich-UTC Aerospace, and UBS Financial Services. He has helped lead major strategy initiatives in regional economic development, notably with the Research Triangle Regional Partnership and the Piedmont Triad WIRED initiative. Early in his career, Dan worked for a national financial services association that specialized in consulting, strategic planning, leadership, and governance. From there, he established entrepreneurial businesses with ownership in a bank consulting firm and in a product development/publishing company. Prior to joining IES, Dan was with the NC State SBTDC where he led the development of a range of educational products including the Strategic Performance series and the SymmeTree™ Change Management Simulation. Privately, Dan has co-developed a series of web-based products (including the Innovative Leader Profile™ and the Leadership Unlimited Profile™) and the team-based Strategic Agility Accelerator™ simulation. He recently co-authored the book, Your Entrepreneur EDGE™. For 14 years, Dan served as an adjunct faculty member for the Love School of Business at Elon University. He is a certified practitioner in several, select developmental tools including the Leadership Architect® and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. Dan holds a B.A. from Guilford College