Mr. Parent holds a degree in Physics from MIT, and spent the first decade of his career as a Walt Disney Imagineer. He designed systems for many attractions and was the Project Engineer for the ride and show control systems for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, one of the most popular attractions of all time and still in daily operation 25+ years later.
Mr. Parent went on to start a number of companies, including two engineering consultancy firms. He co-founded Oblong Industries (OBLG: NYSE American), a software company that transformed computing from a one-person, one-screen, one-device experience to a fully shared and interactive environment with complete data immersion. He also was co-founder and CEO of Conduce, Inc., a startup SAAS company that developed stunning data visualization technology to enable customers to see their entire operation in real-time and to identify areas where they could reduce costs, enhance capabilities, and improve their bottom line.
Today, Mr. Parent works under contract to perform key engineering and process analysis for various companies including Disney and Universal Studios.