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I think it’s important that somebody running a city or serving a state has done something where they met a payroll and understand how the business world works. So often people in politics pretty much have only done politics. And so I like the background Stan has in that regard. He is a man of faith. He is a guy you can count on. He’s a good leader. He’s not an in your face kind of leader, but he’s a guy that listens, makes good decisions, and leads by example. I’m proud to say Stan is my friend and somebody I think a great deal of.
In 1993 I was in college, and I met Stan through volunteering for a non-profit organization. It didn’t take long to see that Stan was like no person I had ever met. His communication, leadership, and innovativeness were unlike anything I had ever experienced. Twenty-nine years later, I still have met nobody with the skills, experience, character, and integrity of Stan Parker! Stan has led individuals, couples, small businesses, and large businesses from unhealthiness to healthiness. He has helped start non-profits of all types to be growing and thriving. He asks questions to get to the heart of issues and he can see through the unimportant to get to what really matters. In all the years I’ve known Stan I have heard the question asked many times if he would write a book about leadership. He truly is the expert and people all over look to him to guide and lead! Having him guide and lead the city as our mayor would benefit Lincoln in ways we have never seen before.
Dr. Caroline Sorenson
Stan is hands down the most effective leader I have ever known. His entire professional life has been spent growing a thriving organization and training leaders in the marketplace and non-profit arenas. He helps even top executives clarify vision, formulate strategy, and break through ceilings to a new level of effectiveness. More importantly, Stan is a true servant of people and is not after personal gain. His integrity and his faithfulness to his profession and his community are unparalleled. He is the rarest of individuals, willing to put on hold a successful career in service of Lincoln.
I’ve known Stan for over 18 years. I can attest to his love for the people of Lincoln regardless of party lines. His leadership, integrity, wisdom, and devotion to his family and faith are inspiring. Stan is a leader of leaders, he’s genuinely humble, and he’s never abused his position of power and influence. Stan has used his influence for the greater good of people and both nonprofit and for-profit businesses for decades.￼
Stan has an amazing ability to take difficult, complex problems and break them down into manageable tasks and objectives. He is a deep thinker. Stan’s passion for excellence is only surpassed by his love for the people he serves. His life is balanced, and he loves his family. I’ve watched Stan walk through some of life’s deepest challenges with amazing courage and faith. He’s been an inspiration to everyone he leads and serves. Stan is a born leader and an even better man.
I got to know Stan while working at a local non-profit. He volunteered to help us with our strategic planning process. Stan did a phenomenal job of nurturing our team to navigate some difficult situations and pushing us in our leadership ability. His efforts propelled us through several organizational challenges that we couldn’t have tackled without him. I have no doubt his deep knowledge of leadership and his extensive experience in creating effective teams will have a huge positive impact on our city.
Stan Parker's influence on so many lives is rooted in one simple reality - people trust him. Over the course of almost three decades, I have leaned on his wisdom many times, and I still consider him to be my mentor. He does not shy away from tough conversations or difficult circumstances. Ultimately, Stan's authenticity strikes a chord with many because it is uncommon.
While serving business executives in my coaching practice, I constantly hear of the need for transparent truth and leadership, especially when circumstances are hard. Over the past 15 years, I have seen Stan model these qualities in all areas of his life, illustrated in the countless ways that he has invested in me personally when I didn’t have the strength, as well as so many others. He has coached and led non-profits from chaos to excellence. Without reservation, Stan is an invested leader with trustworthy influence for good and will steward our city well as our next mayor.
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VALUES ROOTED IN NEBRASKA!
As a blue chip athlete coming out of high school, I was recruited by a number of colleges. After checking out a number of schools, my choice at the end was between UCLA and Nebraska.
My final recruiting trip, the weekend before the Wednesday signing day, was to UCLA!
It was a great trip!! The energy, the warmth, the facilities… the Olympics were going to be held in Los Angeles and a brand new weight room facility was being built on the UCLA campus that would be part of Olympic Village. It was phenomenal!!
One of the evening gatherings was at the home of an alumni in Beverly Hills. Posh!! I went to two basketball games – classic match-ups of UCLA vs Notre Dame and UCLA vs USC. A blast to experience!!
There was plenty to be impressed by and a lot of fun to be had at UCLA!
Yet my thoughts as my feet once again were on Nebraska soil… as I thought deeply about the significant decision before me? UCLA was a great place – to visit!! But I don’t want to live there! At the end of the day, as I thought about going to school and putting down roots there, it just wasn’t me.
Making the choice to become a Husker over UCLA was ultimately not about the program, not about the facilities, not even about the tradition. Both schools possessed those!
It was the Nebraska culture and values that kept me!
And those values have kept me here ever since, raising my children and now seeing my grandchildren grow up in the Husker state, with values rooted in Nebraska.
I would be honored to express the traditional, Nebraska values of faith, family and freedom to serve the City of Lincoln as your next mayor.