Professional speaker on matters economic, especially about the Pacific Northwest. Inquire about rate and availability.
Editor, publisher and owner, Marple’s Pacific Northwest Letter, February 1977-August 2009. (The letter ceased publication in March 2013.)
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Michael J. Parks has been studying, writing about and speaking about the economy and companies of the Pacific Northwest for more than 35 years.
Parks joined The Seattle Times in 1967. He became the newspaper’s financial editor in the early 1970s. He moved to Marple’s Letter in 1977. Parks was owner, editor and publisher of Marple’s Letter from March 1980 to September 2009, when he was named editor emeritus. The newsletter ceased publication in March 2013.
Parks, a native of Spokane, Washington, is a journalism graduate of Seattle University, and an alumnus of the University of Washington’s School of Communications. He is an amateur economist, self-taught.
Parks speaks frequently on the outlook for the Pacific Northwest economy for a wide variety of financial, business, professional and service groups, as well as in the classroom. A list of scheduled speaking assignments can be found here; for recent handouts, check out Presentations/handouts.