Schooling & Certifications
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.
Mr. Parrish became a management information consultant in the consulting division of Arthur Andersen (now known as Accenture) in 1986. In 1989, he became a bank officer at Florida Federal and received the title of senior project coordinator, a role which earned him a quality service award in 1990. Later that year, he resigned from the bank to attend law school and began a re-modeling and rental business.
From 1991-1993, Jon Parrish attended law school full time at the Stetson College of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctorate. After graduating, he began practicing trial law at the Naples, Florida, offices of a large New York law firm. He ultimately received national attention for arguing the case of Conner v. Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center before the Florida Supreme Court, overturning the doctrine of necessaries in Florida that had been in place since 1895.
In 1996, Jon Parrish launched his own law firm, where he served as president and managing partner for over 20 years, representing well known clients like the former head coach of the Chicago Bears and the former chairman of Papa John’s Pizza.
Life After Law
After retiring from law, he moved on to become a partner of Coastal Maintenance & Restoration. In addition to his work with Coastal Maintenance and Oceanic Blue Retreats, Jon Parrish owns several other hospitality business entities and is a part owner of MNM Companies, Inc., a real estate brokerage business.