Brother Parker ‘88 is a more than deserving recipient for the 2021 Gamma-Rho Man of the Year Award. In his years as an undergrad, Pete served as the Social Chair, Scholarship Chair, Philanthropy Chair, Grand Scribe, Grand Procurator, and Grand Master. During his time, Pete was recognized as Grand Master of the Year by Kappa Sigma and was a recipient of the Matt Noble Outstanding Senior Award. When describing his undergraduate days and time with Kappa Sigma, Pete wrote, “I owe all that I accomplish and enjoy to two beings...my mom and Gamma-Rho. First, my mom because she taught me the values of community and philanthropy. She was an amazing force who, God rest her soul, continues to inspire greatness in me. Gamma-Rho gave me the platform to break out of my shell and pursue my dreams. Each brother played an integral role in my development as a person and a leader. The nightly basketball and volleyball games, chapter and committee meetings, parties and philanthropies, and early morning runs to Mike's Place were instrumental in shaping me as an odd, overly enthusiastic, and driven person. Study tables didn't exactly work for me but, then again, these guys elected this kid, who was on academic probation, as its Scholarship Chair!” Outside of Gamma-Rho as an undergrad, Pete was involved in the Race Track Industry Club, Spring Fling, and the Interfraternity Council. Brother Parker is still involved with the university as the President of SierraCats, an Alumni Association Chapter, and is the former President of the Race Track Industry Program Alumni Association.
Pete has continued his service to Gamma-Rho and Kappa Sigma as an alumnus. He has served on multiple house corporations and educational foundations and is currently the President of the Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation of Arizona and the Tau-Gamma House Corporation at the University of Nevada.
Professionally, Pete has devoted his career to the non-profit and fundraising sector. Currently, he is a Managing Director of NPcatalyst LLC, a non-profit consulting firm where he served permanent roles as the Executive Director of Pathways to Aviation, which provides college and career readiness training, certification, and connections to young people and is the Fundraising Director of the F C Cancer Foundation (aka Fxck Cancer). In addition to the non-profits, Pete also works with Fraternity Management Group, where he focuses on client strategies and manages FMG’s new career network. Pete also volunteers for a number of organizations and serves as the President for My Hometown Heroes, Vice President of Sierra Military Hospitality Services, and a Board Vice President for the Circle of Change Leadership Foundation.
Pete’s work ethic and drive has not gone unnoticed, he was recognized with a Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network Twenty Under 40 Award, was named University of Nevada Alumnus Advisor of the Year twice, and was awarded with the Nevada Governor’s Point of Light Award for his volunteer service.
As for his closing thoughts, Pete wrote, “There are far too many memories and, because of Gamma-Rho, I made the most of my college experience. I had a ton of fun, got involved in a ton of organizations and events, worked my ass off to graduate, and fell in love for the first time. I definitely don't look back and wish I could have done more, but I routinely consider returning to earn my master's in horse racing! Perhaps the best part of my fraternity involvement has yet to come. The relationships I've developed with fellow alumni continue to help me thrive as an individual today. Whether they were in the chapter during my days or from other years, I'm having a blast working on Gamma-Rho's next chapter. I appreciate this amazing chapter and am grateful for my being a part of such an incredible collection of leaders.”