Mike Parker - Team Leader, Rainmaker, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES,
- Phone:(859) 486-3300
60 Cavalier Blvd.
Florence, KY, 41042
From his first year in the business, Mike's dedication to excellence took him straight to the top. Ranked as one of the top agents in Northern Kentucky, Mike has become well known throughout the industry for his unique and effective marketing campaigns as well as for his consistent track record of success. After nearly a decade, his numerous national awards are proof of his ability to get the job done. But those are not what make his work truly fulfilling.
Mike knows how to be a leader. He is the only REALTOR® in the United States to be inducted into two different real estate Halls of Fame. Mike was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame in 1996. Mike was then inducted into the HUFF Realty Hall of Fame in February of 2008. In an industry where experience and a selfless attitude is a must, Mike Parker excels in being the best and has proven to be so.
•ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative®
•CPS – Certified Probate Specialist®
•CRS - Certified Residential Specialist®
•GRI - Graduate of REALTORS Institute®
•SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist®
•Star Power Star®
•Top 1% of Realtors in the United States
•National Association of REALTORS®
•Kentucky Association of REALTORS®
•NKY Association of REALTORS®
•REALTORS National Marketing Institute®
•Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce®
•Employee Relocation Council
•NKY & National Homebuilders Association
•NKY HBA Sales and Marketing Council
•1999 to present, HUFF Realty
•1997 to 1999, RE/MAX Champions (Broker/Owner)
•1991 to 1997, RE/MAX Affiliates, Inc.
•1990 to 1991, Sibcy Cline Realtors
•1986 to 1990, ASK Realty, Inc.
•HUFF Realty – Lifetime HALL OF FAME, inducted in 2008
•HUFF Realty - #1 HUFF AGENT COMPANY WIDE
•RE/MAX - RE/MAX PLATIUM CLUB (832 out of 40,000 RE/MAX agents)
•RE/MAX - #1 RE/MAX AGENT IN NKY – 1992 - 1997
•RE/MAX - HALL OF FAME, inducted in 1996
•RE/MAX Affiliates 100% Club
•RE/MAX Affiliates Executive Club
•Sibcy Cline Realtor - Member of Top Club
•Sibcy Cline Realtor - Numerous Sales & Listing Awards
•ASK Realty - Ambassador Club
•ASK Realty - Numerous Sales & Listing Awards
•NORTHERN KENTUCKY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
•MILLION DOLLAR CLUB 1988 - 1996
•CRS Sell-a-bration Marketing contest participant 1990 - 1995
•Professional Real Estate Marketing Trainer
•CRS Trainer – Nationwide
•Star Power Star Trainer – Nationwide
•National Speaker – NAR
•National Speaker – KAR
•National Speaker – NKAR
Lead. Teach. Serve. These are the simple but impactful principles that Mike Parker has woven into the fabric of his life. More specifically, he is committed to lead differently, teach relentlessly, and serve passionately. It is a trilateral philosophy that actualizes a singular purpose—to be a “Man of the People.”
Mike has been called a rainmaker, a mentor, a servant leader, and a sales phenom, but his most treasured moniker is “giver.” It is a title befitting one who has bestowed so many gifts to so many people. Whether he is putting a client in the home of their dreams, helping someone succeed in their career, or providing spiritual guidance, his sole mission is to enrich the lives of others. In his own eloquent words, Mike shares, “I’m here to help people become the best version of themselves, which in turn, helps me be the best version of myself.”
One platform from which Mike conveys his spirit of generosity is his business. He is president and owner of the Parker Real Estate Group, an agency under HUFF Realty, which is part of the Berkshire Hathaway affiliate HomeServices of America. As a 35-year veteran of the real estate industry and one of the top agents in the U.S., Mike offers clients a full suite of financial amenities backed by experience and integrity and delivered by a true and humble gentleman. He has assisted buyers and sellers with all property types in all price ranges, never failing to educate the client and prioritize their specific needs. To date, he’s helped more than 3,000 people buy or sell their Northern Kentucky properties and, in the process, he’s earned the trust and respect of clients and made a whole lot of friends. “It’s not strictly business for me. I want to uplift others and that might happen while I’m conducting business or when I’m not.” For Mike, whether it’s giving away turkeys through his hometown food pantry or laying wreaths on the graves of soldiers every time he visits Italy, it’s a matter of practicing good deeds and being kind.
Mike, who or what inspires you to give, share, and be a “servant leader?”
It comes from a few places. My mom taught me to be a Southern Gentleman and all that that implies. Whatever admirable qualities I have can be credited to her. Doug Aulick, my baseball and basketball junior coach, taught me sportsmanship, which I apply in doing business. He was forgiving, and if I made a mistake, he wouldn’t chastise me. He would say, “You’ll get them next time.” Also, when you grow up in a tiny town, you all look out for each other. I’ve got a few colleagues in real estate who continually inspire me—Pat Zaby, who I’ve I always looked up to as a speaker and leader; Howard Brinton, who’s had a huge impact on my life; Gee Dunsten and Amy Stoehr, they have guided me through many business decisions; Tom Ferry, who mentors me using his ECO system; and Tausha Fournier, our phenomenal business coach. You model yourself after people you respect, and, hopefully, the full breadth of your experiences nurtures others.
You place a tremendous emphasis on sharing your experience and teaching real estate agents. Tell us a little about your process.
I always ask my people, “How much money do you need?” Then, in response to the sum they mention, I say, “Okay, you need ‘X’ number of closings. Let’s get you there.” At the onset, this gives me an idea of what type and level of training an individual needs, and we employ a number of methods because everybody learns differently. One of our techniques is to provide vision boards because 85% of the human race learns through visuals. People appreciate the resources made available to them, and in turn, they have job satisfaction and stick around. In 1998, Melondie Sullivan came on board, and she’s been with me ever since. She became the operations manager after completing over 2,500 closings. I’ve always had the motto “Work hard, play hard, treat people fairly.”
What led you to a career in real estate?
My first job was doing construction for Kentucky Utilities. Sometime later, I decided I wanted to serve my country, so I joined the Marine Corp Reserves. After I completed 15 months of active duty, I returned to my job at Kentucky Utilities, but, as fate would have it, a breaker exploded in front of me, and I was badly injured. I spent 57 days in the burn unit, then two years in rehab, but in retrospect, it was one of the best things to happen to me because it led me to reevaluate my career options. I had a friend in real estate and decided to try it out. At first, I did commercial transactions, but I soon realized that I preferred the residential side. Initially, I was not at a status I was comfortable with—I was a novice and that is something I’m not used to. As an athlete, I played in 38 states for 19 years and won numerous state, local, and world championships with different teams, so I was conditioned to perform at a certain level. That’s when my competitiveness took over. I set my sights on getting to the top, and that’s what I did. That appetency never faded—I’m still as motivated as ever and my goals keep evolving, so there’s no ceiling and I’m always learning. I’ve been to 32 of the last 33 real estate conventions and I spend 15-20 days each year learning from the top professionals in the country. People in real estate say you have to recreate yourself every five years—I do it every 18 months.
Mike is the only agent in the U.S. to be in the Hall of Fame of both RE/MAX and HUFF Realty. He has received more than 200 awards in real estate, has spoken/trained in 42 states, completed the University of Notre Dame’s certification course, received the Nate Sanders Educator of the Year Award, has served in local, state, and national roles for the National Association of Realtors, is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), an Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR®), a Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®), and a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI).