1. IF YOU COULD BE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU BE? On a beach in Jamaica with my wife/partner/best friend Sherry and our daughter, Brittany.

  2. WHAT'S PLAYING ON YOUR IPOD? Here's some of what's on heavy rotation: Michael Buble's new CD, Call me Irresponsible; OK Go's Nike Treadmill Workout Mix; John Mellencamp's latest, Freedom's Road; Joss Stone's Intro-ducing Joss Stone; and Lang Lang's Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4.

  3. WHAT'S THE BEST BOOK YOU READ IN THE PAST YEAR? Pinocchio Parenting: 21 Outrageous Lies We Tell Our Kids by Chuck Borsellino, a must-read for any parent. Just for fun read: After Dark by Haruki Murakami.

  4. WHO INSPIRES YOU? My wife and daughter are my main inspirations. After them, I am inspired by anyone who gives their life and/or comfort in order to change lives — members of our Armed Forces, charity volunteers, and educators.

  5. IF YOU COULD TRADE PLACES WITH ANYONE (LIVING OR FROM HISTORY) FOR A WEEK, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Paul McCartney, in February 1964 when The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

More on My Career: Professional Development


Dan Parks is president and creative director of Corporate Planners Unlimited Inc.; a founding members of MeCo, The Meetings Community Listserv; and creator of the MeCo Mansion in Second Life.