He becomes the third member of his family to take on PIDA’s chief elected position, following in the footsteps of his father, Leonard Parks (1973-74) and brother, Jerry Parks (1996-97).
Wolverton was one of 32 charter members who founded PIDA in 1968 and is one of only two companies from that group to survive as an independent distributor today.
“I am privileged to follow in my father’s and brother’s footsteps to lead PIDA,” Parks said.
“We have valued our participation in this organization for 45 years, and I look forward to working with my fellow board members to continue PIDA’s tradition of providing programs and services that benefit pet product distributors.”
In addition to Parks, PIDA members elected Randy Reber, from Animal Supply Co., as vice-chairman, and Scott Rath, from Central Pet Distribution, as secretary-treasurer.
Bob Johnson, from Pet Food Wholesale, Inc. was re-elected to a second three-year term on the board of directors.
Two new board members were also elected: Ced Damby, from Pet Food Ltd, Inc. and Steve Thoeny, from RFG Distributing.
Remaining board members include Immediate Past Chairman Fred Schober, from Phillips Feed & Pet Supply; Mark Smith, from Frontier Distributing, Inc. and Bob Merar, from General Pet Supply.
Retiring from the board were Rob Chouinard, from Gardner Distributing Co., and Mike Copeland, from Summit Pet Product Distributors.