ATLANTA – The ECHL announced on Thursday that Terry Parks of the Alaska Aces is the 2003-04 recipient of the ECHL Executive of the Year Award.
“This award recognizes the hard work and success of the Alaska Aces management and staff led by Terry Parks,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “The rejuvenation of the Alaska team is one of the truly good news stories of the past year not just in the ECHL, but in all of minor league sports.”
Parks was presented with the award at the Annual Board of Governors Meeting being held Thursday and Friday in Atlanta. The award was determined in a vote of ECHL Governors. Runners up for the award were Jim Brazill of the Johnstown Chiefs, Steve Chapman of the Gwinnett Gladiators and Billy Johnson of the Las Vegas Wranglers.
A longtime sponsor of the Aces, Parks was responsible for organizing a consortium of Alaska business owners to purchase the team in the summer of 2002. Instrumental in the makeover of the Aces, Parks is part owner, managing member and serves as the team’s Governor.
The Aces increased their number of season ticket holders by more than 106 percent while raising their average attendance to 4,340, an increase of more than 42 percent. In their first season in the ECHL, the Aces had four regular season sellouts and sold out two of their three postseason games. Alaska ranked second in postseason attendance with 5,768 per game and 14th in regular season attendance.
Raised in El Paso, Texas, Parks moved to Anchorage over 25 years ago and has established himself as one of the area’s leading businessmen. He is actively involved in the Anchorage outlets for Dollar Rent A Car and Xpress Lube while also overseeing and managing a variety of real estate holdings.