Parker Brickley is a distinguished investment expert based in New York City, New York. He approaches his profession with excitement and has established himself as a strategic leader, delivering outstanding results. Beyond his professional pursuits, Parker is deeply connected to his community, dedicating effort and resources to numerous local nonprofits and boards. His eclectic hobbies and pursuits contribute to his multifaceted personality and background.
Before embarking on his career, Parker pursued his education at Rollins College, situated in Winter Park, Florida. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2007. Throughout his college years, he was actively involved in basketball and soccer and was a member of the Student Government Association. These college experiences were pivotal in his life, and he cherishes them deeply. Parker continues to be a key member of the Rollins College Alumni Advisory Board.
After college, Parker Brickley made his entry into the finance sector. By 2009, he secured a role as an Account Executive at JuJu.com, a B2B startup in NYC. His exceptional sales skills increased revenues over $900,000 and expanded business interactions. After his tenure at JuJu.com, Parker transitioned through various B2B-centric roles. By 2016, he took on the role of Wealth Planning Associate at UBS Financial Services via Montclair Investment Partners. This role marked his initiation into the investment realm. His proficiency in the domain led to rapid promotions, culminating in his appointment as an Investment Advisor in 2018. Under his leadership, Parker’s team was recognized among the top echelons of UBS, specifically the top one percent. He played a pivotal role in generating multimillion-dollar revenues through exemplary leadership and client engagement.
Currently, Parker holds the position of Director of Business Development at Clockwork, a pioneering FinTech firm emphasizing private market investments. Over the years, he’s enriched his credentials by securing an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship, among other notable certifications. He’s a dynamic business professional with an insatiable quest for knowledge and innovation.
In his personal life, Parker Brickley values work-life harmony and is an avid sports enthusiast, particularly enjoying golf and tennis. He’s competed in rackets competitions in the UK and has clinched victories in parent/child tournaments with his father. His generous nature shines through in co-founding the Iron Horse Party, an ALS Charity Fundraiser. Parker’s love for travel has taken him to far-off places like Honduras and China, where he immersed himself in local communities and acquired new linguistic skills.
What is your typical day, and how do you make it productive?
I wake up at 6am, workout, run, read, and then I make breakfast for my wife and I get to the office by 8:30, and make 9 calls before 9AM. I set meetings with company founders, fund managers, and family offices. My main day-to-day is finding early-stage companies with high growth potential to be category-defining businesses. My business partner and I at 575 Partners are looking to make headwinds and tailwinds in the ever-changing market that is 2023.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I do this in a collaborative way, bringing all stakeholders inside the tent, and addressing their untapped needs and potential. I work in a visual way that crystallizes curiosity and fun throughout every engagement and unique process.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I am hyper-focused on the clean tech transition and the software that surrounds it, from vertical indoor hydroponic gardening to recreating the peer-to-peer energy grid. Software that changes the world through an “ownership-conscious” model is our utmost concern.
What is one habit that helps you be productive?
I read every day. I actively listen. I care too much.
What advice would you give your younger self?
You should be authentically yourself. Do not let them change you or ever rearrange you. However, listen, adapt, and be aware. Care, compassion, and empathy.
Tell us something you believe almost nobody agrees with you.
The 2022 Bruins should have won the Stanley Cup.
What is the one thing you repeatedly do and recommend everyone else do?
Work out every day. Listen hard, be empathetic, and care for your friends, loved ones, and those in need of love.
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do?
I go for a run. I run to clear my brain, my head, and my heart. The greatest ideas come from a run, workout, or game of tennis while not speaking with anyone else.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business or advance in your career?
I have always worked harder, not faster, than anyone else. Heart will beat skill every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Be the best person in the room.
What is one failure in your career, how did you overcome it, and what lessons did you take away from it?
I failed at sitting still. I am too active and cannot be bored. If I’m bored, I know I can find something to do and should follow my passion.
What is one business idea you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Glow in the dark tennis ball!
What is one piece of software that helps you be productive? How do you use it?
I use Gong.io, which records my phone calls and Zoom meetings and provides insights into how well I am running a phone call, but more importantly, where I can improve. Without improvement, we are stagnant.
What is the best $100 you recently spent?
I bought my wife new tennis shoes. She smiled, she ran faster, and jumped higher.
Do you have a favorite book or podcast from which you’ve received much value?
My favorite book is The Match by Mark Frost. It recounts the will, drive, and character of the American golfer in the 1940s, and how they battled, persevered, and outlasted the test of time over 18 holes of golf. Individual metal is key. Sportsmanship, guile, and gamesmanship are all required to win at golf, while also having gentlemanly attributes.
What’s a movie or series you recently enjoyed and why?
Oppenheimer is a brilliant man and character because the will of man is on display. He is flawed, yet stoic and heroic simultaneously.
- Learning through reflection that collaboration is key to a winning team and organization. Working together as a unit, toward our vision, goal, and purpose has improved my personal life as well as my professional life. Teamwork, leadership, and communication are foundational to success.
- Achievement is mind over matter. Whether you think you can or you can’t, you will usually be right. Mental toughness and grit will drive you to your ultimate achievement goal.
- Make a great first impression by kindness, compassion, and caring. People work with people they like – so if you are well-liked in social and professional settings, you will be more satisfied, successful, and connected. Always be nice, sincere, and genuine.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.