The Chamber of Marine Commerce has announced that RADM Michael N. Parks, USCG (Ret.), has joined the Chamber as Special Advisor. In his new role, RADM Parks will be working with the Chamber to promote the distinct economic, environmental and safety advantages of the bi-national Great Lakes – St. Lawrence shipping industry, in addition to increasing awareness and advising on the industry’s maritime-related policy and issues.

Before his retirement in 2013, RADM Parks was the Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, which spans the five Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states, including 1500 miles of international border. Previously, he was the Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters United States Northern Command, with responsibility including land, maritime, and Homeland Defense air operations as well as Defense Support of Civil Authorities. RADM Parks is a 1982 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from George Washington University and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy and Policy from the National War College in Washington, D.C. RADM Parks, a career “cutterman”, has more than 12 years of sea duty while serving aboard six different Coast Guard cutters, commanding four of those ships. RADM Parks’ awards include The Defense Superior Service Medal, four Legions of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, six Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons and various service and unit awards.

The Chamber of Marine Commerce is a bi-national association that represents more than 150 marine industry stakeholders including major Canadian and American shippers, ports, terminals and marine service providers, as well as domestic and international shipowners.