John Mays “Jack” Parr Jr opened Jack Parr Associates, Inc., in 1969.
Aided by his wife, Ann, they wrote customer relations training materials, known as “WE CARE” and presented the program in 14 countries and 47 states to nearly one-half million service-sector personnel. The company provided training and materials to an international consultant network as well.
I met Jack while working for Security Financial Life which later became Assurity, and learned firsthand why the program he and Ann developed became so successful. After leaving Assurity, I spent time with Jack and became “certified.” to deliver the programs they had offered for nearly 50 years.
Jack was known as an exceptionally generous person with an entrepreneurial spirit and one who innately built and developed relationships with all types of personalities. His obituary said – “He was especially drawn to marginal, displaced persons, providing food for the hungry and means for finding shelter and gaining an education.” That explains why he and I connected so well!
An athletic scholarship brought him to Kansas where he played basketball for Coach Tex Winter at Kansas State University. Following a record-setting college basketball career, he joined the Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association.
Jack also officiated college basketball for ten years in the Big Eight Conference. He had a stellar sales career with Knights Sporting Goods Co. Jack led a roster of college athletes who attended the first Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Estes Park, Colorado, and he initiated and led numerous FCA camps at Rock Springs during the next ten years.