Kathy Parks, CLU, ChFC

Parks, KathyTitle: Sales Leader
Company: State Farm
Location: Shady Side, MD United States

After a career in education as both a teacher and a principal, Kathy Parks decided she wanted to be a business owner. When the opportunity to become an agent with State Farm presented itself, Ms. Parks jumped at the chance, and spent a number of years in that role before moving into leadership. Now, as a sales leader, she is responsible for assisting 33 State Farm agents in Southern Maryland grow their businesses, help their customers, and increase State Farm market share. One-third of Ms. Parks’ responsibility is to recruit talented young people to join the sales force of the future. Potential candidates can work with her to learn about State Farm and the process of becoming an approved candidate, or they can have her connect them with other lead agents with aspirant programs. The remaining two-thirds of her job is to work directly with current agents to help them maximize their opportunity, make money, and serve their customers. Ms. Parks is proud of her role in the success of aspiring State Farm agents. Her position allows her to help others achieve their dreams and reach their full potential while also furthering the growth of the company.

As a woman in today’s world, Ms. Parks attributes her accomplishments to learning and trying to be an early adapter. She also loves to win, gets great satisfaction from accomplishing things, and has had numerous people who have supported her along the way. Ms. Parks is currently an honored member of The International Women’s Leadership Association, and would advise the younger generations to find a unique ability, talent, or passion and help other people solve problems. In recognition of her achievements, she has earned inclusion into the State Farm Ambassador Club every year since joining the company.

To prepare for her career, Ms. Parks holds a Bachelor of Arts, and took several courses to obtain her insurance and financial services credentials, including CLU, ChFC, LTCP, and CASL. She is currently a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Looking to the future, Ms. Parks hopes to leave a legacy of talent by recruiting and developing strong team members.

When Ms. Parks isn’t working, she enjoys sailboat racing, and in 2015, she won the C.R. Smith Junior Award from the Annapolis Yacht Club for demonstrating the best combination of sailing ability and contribution to sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.

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