Mr Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He was a Certified Professional Engineer.

Mr Parker began his career with ADM in Neodesha, Kansas, in 1957. In 1961 he was instrumental in forming M-E-C Company, where he served as president for 45 years, retiring in 2011. Under his leadership, M-E-C became a major, worldwide supplier of industrial process equipment for many different industries.

Major emphasis was placed on supplying drying systems to the forest products industry for preparing wet wood waste for use in the manufacture of fuel pellets, particleboard, MDF and OSB.