Christopher P. Parr
CEO and President
Christopher Parr, CEO and President, holds an MBA degree in finance from Loyola College in Maryland, earned his BA degree in economics from Western Maryland College, and is a graduate of the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. His professional career started in commercial banking in 1980. He became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP) professional in 1993.
Christopher Parr has been selected four times by Worth magazine as one of the nation’s “250 Best Financial Advisors.” He was also selected four times by Medical Economics magazine as one of the nation’s “150 Best Financial Advisors for Doctors.” Mr. Parr has over 35 years of financial services industry experience and has been an owner in a fee-only financial advisory firm for the past 20+ years.
Mr. Parr is a past member of the National Association for Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the leading professional association for fee-only financial advisors. He chaired both hearing and grievance panels as a member of NAPFA’s Ethics Committee, and periodically makes presentations to regional and national gatherings of financial professionals and the public.
Mr. Parr has written articles for several national publications. He is co-author of Inside the Minds: Building a $1 Million Nest Egg, published in 2002 by Aspatore Books. He has been quoted by the BBC, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, Financial Advisor, Fox Business News, Investment News, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Kiplinger’s, Medical Economics, Physicians Financial News, Financial Planning,the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, Palm Beach Daily, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
Mr. Parr is past chair of the Howard County Pension Oversight Commission where he was appointed by successive County Executives, approved by the County Council, and served 2 voluntary 5-year terms from 2004 -2013. The Commission is responsible for monitoring the combined pension plans of the Howard County Employee Pension Plan and the Howard County Police and Fire Employee Pension Plan. During his watch, the plans grew from $270 million of combined assets to over $650 million in assets.
Past community service projects include the Howard County Board of Family & Children’s Services, the American Red Cross of Howard County Board, and past chair of his church finance committee. He also provides pro bono financial counseling and served as advisor to a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the homeless become self-sufficient.