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Richie Parker

Richie Parker

Keynote Speaker: Chief of Staff, UVA Football Team; Former NASCAR Engineer Born Without Arms

Richie Parker Biography

Richie Parker is extraordinary, just don’t tell him that. He’d prefer to be just one of the guys.

Richie Parker joined the University of Virginia Cavalier Football program as the Chief of Staff in 2022 after a 17-year career with Hendrick Motorsports. At Hendrick, Parker worked as the Manager of Government Projects where he led engineering efforts on government and military defense related projects. Prior to working on the Government Project side of the business, Parker worked as the Vehicle Design Group Manager for the four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams contributing to 112 NASCAR Cup Series wins and seven year-end Championships.

Parker is co-founder of Optimech Solutions, an engineering consulting firm that works with several clients across motorsports as well as many different industries. The 40-year-old received his MBA from Clemson University in 2017.

Born with bilateral amelia, a non-genetic birth defect in which limbs are not formed, Parker has pursued his dreams at one of NASCAR’s most successful organizations. He has been profiled by ESPN and often speaks to organizations about overcoming obstacles and facing adversity. A Clemson University graduate, Parker joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2005 and has contributed to seven Sprint Cup championships during his tenure. In 2014, Parker was honored by the National Inclusion Project as a Champion of Inclusion recipient.

Parker takes pride in finding creative solutions that allow him to lead a perfectly normal and independent life. As a child, he designed a bike that would allow him to ride around with the neighborhood kids. Later in life, Parker convinced a man to sell him his dream car, a 1964 Chevy Impala SS. He and his father partnered with a company called Drive Master to develop a system that allowed Parker to drive the car on his own by steering with his feet. The Beaufort, S.C., native believes in taking responsibility for your life and career, and never giving up until you reach your goals.

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Richie Parker Videos

Richie Parker | Game Plan for Life
Inspirational Man Born With No Arms Drives His and Works For ...
inspiring Story Armless NASCAR Engineer Richie Parker mp4 ...

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What topics does Richie Parker speak about?

Richie Parker is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Disability, Inspirational, Diversity, Engineering, Motorsports, Manufacturing, Personal Growth, Sports Motivation, College, Creativity, Mental Health, Empowerment, Black Heritage, Sports, Motivational and Health.

Where does Richie Parker travel from?

Richie Parker generally travels from Charlottesville, VA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Richie Parker is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Disability, Inspirational and Diversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Richie Parker for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Richie Parker generally travels from Charlottesville, VA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rudy Ruettiger, Tatyana McFadden and Wesley Hamilton. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Richie Parker for an upcoming event.

Richie Parker Videos

Richie Parker | Game Plan for Life
Inspirational Man Born With No Arms Drives His and Works For ...
inspiring Story Armless NASCAR Engineer Richie Parker mp4 ...
Richie Parker Drive - YouTube

Richie Parker Reviews

  • Clinton High School - Sep 30 2021

  • Mindr - Aug 03 2021

  • I met Mr. Parker at the SC Education Business Summit. He was an excellent speaker, and seemed like a very nice, practical and intelligent young man. With or without arms, His abilities, attitude, and work ethic make him an inspiration, regardless of whether he does or does not have arms. As an educator, I am interested in sharing his story. Our world needs to see much more of role models who value integrity, innovation, and family.
    South Carolina Education Business Summit - Apr 15 2016

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