January 9-11, 2020
Dave Parker is Bear Archery’s general manager. He leads Bear Archery and its brands, which include Trophy Ridge, Cajun Bowfishing, Rocket Broadheads, Fletcher Archery and Karnage Crossbows.
In that role, Parker creates value and delivers meaningful innovations to the company’s customers. “It’s an honor to lead possibly the most iconic brand in our sport, and one that bears the name of the father of bowhunting, Fred Bear,” Parker said.
Parker was first elected to the Archery Trade Association’s Board of Directors to represent Kinsey’s Outdoors in August 2014. He was re-elected to Kinsey’s seat in 2016, and filled Bear Archery’s seat in November 2017.
Parker is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys all aspects of outdoor recreation, from fishing near his childhood home in western Massachusetts to bowhunting big game across the United States and Canada, and as far away as New Zealand.
Parker began his outdoor industry career at 17 by opening a bait-and-tackle shop in his hometown. He later worked full time in a four-season outdoor store that included a premier archery pro shop. He sold firearms, fishing gear and archery equipment, and developed a trusted reputation among local sportsmen.
Parker moved to Pennsylvania in 1999 to work as a buyer for Kinsey’s, North America’s largest archery distributor. He served as Kinsey’s purchasing manager, sales manager, general manager, business-development manager and, ultimately, chief of sales and strategy. Bear Archery hired him as its general manager in June 2017.
Parker has been active in many ATA projects, including work with committees and educational programs like Explore Bowhunting and Explore Bowfishing. Parker looks forward to remaining an active and engaged Board member, and seeking solutions to industry challenges.
“Counterfeiting is finally being recognized as the large issue it is,” Parker said. “I look forward to working with the Board to find ways to help members defend themselves against counterfeiters. The declines in vertical bow sales and bowhunting participation are other challenges we face. I look forward to working with the Board to find solutions to marketing our sport to new and larger audiences, and engaging them in meaningful ways.”