President and CEO
During a career that has spanned nearly 30 years in the professional services industry, Michael Parks has worked for just two companies. After spending seven years establishing his career with the Messina Group, Michael left to found The Revere Group in 1992. In June 2013, Michael’s career came full-circle when he rejoined Messina as the CEO and president. Michael is an entrepreneur at heart. From his college days running a painting business, to starting Revere in the attic of his house, to purchasing Messina, Michael is passionate about building and growing companies. He grew Revere from a self-funded start-up to a leader in business and technology consulting with more than 500 professionals across eight offices. Revere was named to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing companies, and Michael received Ernst & Young’s prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.
As the CEO of Messina, Michael sets the company’s strategic direction and go-to-market strategy. He is a client-facing CEO who focuses on building meaningful client relationships, enhancing lifetime value for each client, and creating a strong culture that empowers each employee to maximize his or her potential.
Michael is a board member of Bell Industries, a technology firm, and True Partners, a tax advisory firm. Michael also serves on the investment board for the The Illinois Gift of Adoption’s North Shore Chapter and on the board of the CPTC paddle tennis league. Michael and Suzy, his wife of more than 25 years, have six children.
Education: B.S. in Economics from the University of Illinois.
It is remarkable that I had the opportunity to come back and lead a company where three of my ‘new’ colleagues were hired by me more than 25 years ago during my first stint at the Messina Group. I firmly believe that this stability is a tremendous competitive advantage for our clients as we partner with them to help them grow their business.