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October Luncheon

Friday, October 5, 2018
Embassy Suites  | 2501 Conference Dr. | Norman
Time: Registration 11:15 a.m. & Luncheon 11:45 a.m.
Cost - First Time Guest: Free
OSAE Members: Luncheons are a member benefit, but we still require preregistration for planning purposes;
Please register by Wednesday, October 3.
Nonmember Rate: $20   
Speaker: Ken Parker, NextThought
Topic: Using Virtual Reality in Associations
 



Ken Parker is a first-generation college graduate, receiving a Bachelor of Science in math/computer science in 1983 from Oklahoma Christian University and then a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Parker developed software for 10 years at Martin Marietta Aerospace in Denver and three and a half years at JP Morgan in New York City. He left Wall Street and moved his family back home to Oklahoma in 1996. He has since helped co-found two technology companies, creating hundreds of jobs for Oklahoma graduates. First, RiskMetrics Group was a Wall Street-based financial technology company launched in 1998 and sold in 2010 for $1.5 billion. Second, NextThought is a Norman-based education technology company started in 2011 with the mantra, "Change the world, have fun, make money - in that order." The NextThought platform connects people while they learn. The technology goal is to help education become more effective and accessible.

Parker serves on various boards at the University of Oklahoma and OC and is honored to be part of Leadership Oklahoma's Class 30. Parker and his wife, Carole, live in a log home on a ranch in Noble, Oklahoma. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.