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Penny Parks

Links Financial
President and Founder
A solutions-focused Senior Executive and Financial Advisor with more than 35 years of
success, her background is vast: financial services, real estate, and commercial and
investment banking industries. Leveraging extensive experience as a strategic financial
thought leader, she is a valuable advisor for an organization whether it is looking to grow
or, in the alternative, restructure its business. Her broad areas of expertise include
innovative problem solving, win-win negotiation, conflict resolution, mediation and
emotional intelligence.

Key Accomplishments

Links Financial LLC, President & Founder, 2006 – Present

Managed a team who have completed a combined total of $2 Billion in debt financings as
well as capital raises for small to midsize companies. Successfully restructured over
$600 Million in debt during the last recession. Spearheaded numerous acquisitions as
well as positioned various companies for sale. Gained extensive experience across
financial services including financing public and private companies, selling divisions to
raise capital, and complex bankruptcy restructurings. Raised $400 Million debt capital
for real estate developers. Designed and executed several philanthropic fundraisers.

Ms. Parks earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Business, graduating
cum laude from Wake Forest University, and a Masters of Business Administration with
a Finance concentration, graduating with the Highest Honors, from the University of
Tampa. Prior to founding Links Financial, her banking career included senior positions
with Bank of America, Northern Trust and the Royal Bank of Canada’s US subsidiary.

Professional and Volunteer Board Affiliations:
  • Incoming Chair of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay
  • Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of Tampa Sykes College of Business
  • University of Tampa Board of Fellows Treasurer
  • Honorary Commander at MacDill Air Force Base
  • Copperhead Member for Valspar PGA Tournament
  • University of South Florida Women in Leadership & Philanthropy member
  • Past Board Member, Association for Corporate Growth (Global Board)
  • Board Member, Trinity Café

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, February 7

8:30am EST