“This is not about the idea, it’s about the execution,” said Jeffrey Parker ’65. He was speaking about the characteristics that it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, a title with which he is very familiar.
This year, Parker is the recipient of the Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise Program’s (EPE) “Cornell Entrepreneur of 2001” award. President Hunter R. Rawlings III presented Parker with this award last night in the Carrier Ballroom of the Statler Hotel to an audience of alumni, faculty, and students, including aspiring entrepreneurs.
Parker is currently the CEO of the Corporate Communications Broadcast Network (CCBN), an Investor Relations distribution network that enables direct communications between public companies and the investment community over the Internet. Co-founded in 1997 with Rob Adler, CCBN is known as one of the most prominent in the financial industry.
Other companies that Parker has started include the Technical Data Corporation, Private Equity Investments, and First Call Corporation.
In addition, Parker is a very involved Cornell alumnus. He helped found the EPE and is also co-founder of the soon-to-be-announced EPE endorsement program.
When Rawlings presented Parker with the award, he compared the alum to another great entrepreneur, Cornell’s founder.
“[Ezra Cornell] set a great standard for the University as the first and in many ways the greatest entrepreneur [at Cornell]