Naples, Florida

Jon Parrish

Owner and COO of Coastal Maintenance & Restoration

Owner of Oceanic Blue Tretreats, LLC

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A Conversation on Staying Motivated and Following Your Passion

I decided to go out into business on my own because I wanted “unlimited” potential and because my spirit is entrepreneurial. I am not the kind of person that simply takes orders and I wanted some level of control over my destiny.

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COVID-19’s Long-Term Effects on Small Businesses

Small businesses are experiencing anxiety, uncertain about their present and future prospects as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put the squeeze on their operations. Entrepreneurs, in an effort to prevent a complete shutdown, are thinking outside of the box on how they can continue providing their products or services to the public.

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An Overview of a COO's Role in Present-Day Companies

A modern-day chief operating officer's (COO) role is inextricably linked to versatility, with companies showing varying incentives in deciding to appoint them and establishing unique responsibilities that come with the position.

Jon Parrish

Jon Parrish is an entrepreneur and multi-business partner from Naples, Florida. From a young age, he was a gifted academic student, winning the Broward County Science Fair and earning second place in the State of Florida Science Fair in the Zoology category at the age of 13. Upon graduating from high school, he was awarded a National Merit Scholarship. 

From 1981 to 1985, Jon Parrish attended the University of Florida on his scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (cum laude) and majored in English Literature. He subsequently received a scholarship/teaching assist position with the University of California, Irvine and was admitted to the PH. D. program there, but the business world was calling his name. He withdrew after his first year to launch into his career.

Life Lessons

Surround yourself with people that care about your well-being and try very hard to eliminate those people from your life that do not. I am not a jealous person, and it took me a long time to learn that a great percentage of people would rather tear you down than bring themselves up. My very worst results in life have always come from doing favors for people that don’t appreciate me (or anyone really). Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there that are like that. I am still coping with that reality.
Jon Parish