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Scott Parker
UNF Degree: BT – ’89
Employment: Vice President, Elkins Constructors Inc.

Parker enjoys mentoring UNF graduates

 One of the most rewarding aspects of Scott Parker's job is mentoring graduates as they follow the same path to success he followed into the construction industry.

 

Parker, who is a vice president at Elkins Constructors Inc. in Jacksonville, manages the life care market for the company. He oversees construction of senior living campuses, continuing care retirement centers, and medical office buildings. But Parker is clear about one thing: relationships and customer satisfaction come first. "I will always pay more attention to relationships because people come first in our business."

Since starting at Elkins Constructors in 1989, Parker has held a series of positions with progressively more responsibilities. One of his responsibilities he particularly enjoys is developing new employees into strong construction professionals. Every year, Elkins employs as many as 10 UNF students, allowing them to experience firsthand the construction management process.

 

"UNF believes in cooperating with the industry and encourages students to participate in internships, allowing them to get real-world experience. When I was at UNF and working as an intern, I was able to take what I was learning in the classroom and see how it was applied in the field. It really helped me to excel in what I was learning and allowed me to become more valuable to my company."

 

When hiring new employees, Parker said he notices the difference between UNF building construction management students and graduates from other universities. "UNF students have much more experience and that's important to us. We are very careful about who we hire because we are looking for people for the long haul."

 

Many UNF interns are hired to become full-time members of the employee-owned company. As many as 20 UNF graduates may be working for Elkins Constructors at any particular time.

 

"I enjoy developing interns and hiring them fulltime after graduation. They eventually work up the ranks and turn their college experience into strong careers."

 

While attending UNF, Parker met his future wife, Dawn, who is also a UNF alumnus. They married five days after Parker graduated. The couple has two daughters and a son. They love tennis, swimming and spending time at the beach.

 

When Parker looks back on his UNF experience, he said he most remembers the emphasis on perfection by such faculty members as John Hutchinson. "Whenever we turned in a proposal or report, it had to be perfect. By the time I graduated he really instilled in me the necessity of paying attention to details. I remember that to this day every time I send a proposal out the door."

Parker has maintained his contacts with UNF. In addition to helping establish the internship program, he served on the Building Construction Management Advisory Committee and is currently serving on the Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Assisted Living Federation of America and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

 

Since becoming part of the management team at Elkins, Parker said he has become more aware of the important role UNF serves in providing a highly trained workforce. "Companies from all over the country are recruiting UNF graduates. UNF is becoming known as one of the top construction schools in the nation.