Charles F. Parks
President and CEO
Charles F. Parks is nationally recognized for his achievements and expertise in investment management and advanced financial planning, and he has executive experience in corporate management and finance.
He has been quoted and featured in newspapers such as the Salisbury Post, Independent Tribune, and the State. He has also been featured in magazines such as Financial Planning and Research.
Mr. Parks began his career in finance as a registered representative for a regional brokerage firm in 1982. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, and, together with his wife, Lynne, he founded C.F. Parks & Company in 1985. Under his leadership, the firm has been recognized many times as one of the top companies affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network®, a broker/dealer with more than 1,650 advisors. Additionally, Mr. Parks was twice recognized as Commonwealth’s top advisor.
A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, Mr. Parks is the son of Irene and the late Glenn Parks, a former Salisbury chief of police. He and his wife, Lynne, have three children: Stephanie, Catherine, and Chuck.
Treasurer and Corporate Secretary
Lynne Parks founded C.F. Parks & Company in 1985 together with her husband, Charles. As treasurer and corporate secretary, she handles the day-to-day financial operations of the company.
Lynne is a native of Salisbury and attended East Rowan High School and Catawba College. She is the daughter of Rose and Don Dedmon, former circulation director at the Salisbury Post.
Catherine Kirchin joined our team in May 2014 upon graduating magna cum laude from Centre College in Kentucky, where she received her bachelor of science degree in financial economics. During her tenure at Centre College, Catherine was a member of the Brown Fellows scholarship program, was chapter president of Delta Delta Delta sorority, and played Division III collegiate golf. Catherine was the inaugural recipient of the Catherine G. Parks Academic Excellence Award and was selected to become a Kentucky Colonel, the highest civilian honor in the state of Kentucky.
Catherine obtained her FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations (held through Commonwealth Financial Network®) and has played a key role in the investment management program at C.F. Parks & Company. Catherine lives in Mooresville with her husband, Zachary. She enjoys golfing, cycling, and spending time with friends and family.
Client Information Specialist
Dana Windley joined our team in October 2014 after working in the medical field for a number of years. She has played a crucial role in coordinating all client information, and she enjoys spending time getting to know all of our clients.
Dana lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband, Steve, and their daughter, Leah. She enjoys playing with her black Labrador, Princess; spending time outdoors with her husband; and being with her family and friends.
Financial Planning Assistant
Michelle Drake joined our team in June 2016. She brings with her 15 years of experience in the financial industry. She supports Charles and Catherine in the financial planning process by handling the administrative and operating needs of our clients.
Michelle is originally from Riverside, Iowa. She moved to Concord, North Carolina, in June 2016 with her husband, Casey, and three children: Talan, Hannah, and Kahne. Michelle enjoys cheering on her kids at sporting events, reading, running, and spending time with her family.