By Jarin R. Eisenberg
Ted Parker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Revolution Technologies, LLC visited Florida Tech on September 27th, 2012 as part of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business Visiting Entrepreneur Program. Parker, a native of the Melbourne area and graduate from the University of Central Florida, shared the obstacles and accomplishments he encountered on his path to success. He found entrepreneurship early in life, asking his father for $110.00 to start a business when he was 13 and later, watering down his sisters’ perfumes to sell to friends. What rang clear throughout Parker’s talk was his enthusiasm for the job he does and the people he works with. For Parker, the qualities he admires most are tenacity and persistence, two characteristics he has relied on throughout his career. Some of the tips he shared with the audience:
- Write down your ideas: Do not under estimate the value of putting together a business plan. It shows you are serious and you can follow through on ideas on projects.
- Know your weaknesses: It is just as important to know what you’re not good at as what you are good at. Hire people who are strong in the areas you are not. This will not only strengthen your business, but give you more time to focus energy on what you are passionate about and what you are good at.
- Value your employees: Parker talked at length about the importance of valuing those you work with and building a community in the workplace. He does this by planning quarterly events so people can get to know each other better and by holding meetings where people set professional and personal goals for themselves. For Parker, it isn’t about numbers but people.
The event had a great turnout and Parker was generous with his time and offered lots of advice to the students and fellow business owners in the community who attended the event.
To learn more about Ted Parker please visit: http://www.revolutiontechnologies.com/page/16-Ted-Parker