Founder Annie Parks is a lifelong athlete, angel investor and successful business advisor, who earned a degree in Kinesiology from UNH with an interdisciplinary degree in Sport Studies. A designated captain of every team she participated in since 7th grade, she is a competitor to her core. During her career as a volleyball player, she led every one of her teams to appearances at the Jr. Olympics, Conference Championships, NJCAA Tournament and NCAA Tournament.
Her acumen is reflected in the words of her peers.
“The Louisville Slugger Sports Complex would not exist if it weren’t for the mentality of Sport Forward. Annie’s involvement made immediate impact through her ability to execute unordinary ideas throughout the strategic planning and project development process. It was her atypical attitude that secured financing for the overall sports complex.”
– Mark Petersen, Developer, Owner and Operator of the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex.
“Annie’s professionalism, work ethic, and attention to detail make her an instant player in any market place. She has the perfect combination of personality and tenacity that enables her to build relationships and knock down walls if necessary.”
– 2008 Rookie of the Year – Sales Manager Ted Mannering, Nautilus, Inc.
“Annie has the ability to recognize when the game is on the line and get the ball to the best hitter. But she can also mix it up and keep everybody involved. She knows when to go to the aces, but getting others involved was why we played so well.”
– 1999 Player of the Year – Cindy Clark, Notre Dame Coach