My name is Darian Parker or "Dr. D" as many people call me. I am honored and excited that you took the opportunity to check out my site. I have a great passion for health, fitness and wellness. When I was growing up my father gave me some of the most simple yet profound advice about work. He said son, "make your hobby your job and you will be happy for a long time." I have never forgotten those words. Those words propelled me to pursue a career in the health, fitness and wellness profession.
That journey really began with me playing multiple organized sports as a youth from baseball, basketball and track and field. Track and field ended up sticking for me as I accepted a scholarship to run track at James Madison University. During my time as a student-athlete at JMU I received several academic and athletic awards that spurred me along in my passion for the industry.
After finishing my track and field eligibility, I earned my bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis Exercise Leadership. I moved on to complete my Master's degree from JMU as well in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Administration/Advanced Coaching. I really enjoyed gaining an understanding of the science behind the human body as it adapted to exercise. After completing my master's degree I felt like I need to take my education to its terminal point to have an advantage in the industry. So, I moved out to Las Vegas and eventually earned my Ph.D in Sports Education Leadership with an emphasis in Athletic Administration/Behavior Modification. Additionally, I have my personal training certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
I currently work for WTS International. WTS is the global leader in spa, fitness and recreation consulting and management. We provide provide management operations for over 130 properties in countries all over the world to include the United States, China, Italy, Australia, South America and the Caribbean. Our corporate headquarters are based in Rockville, Maryland. I serve WTS in two different capacities. I am the General Manager of Club Ridges, a 9,000 square foot high end/private fitness facility for residents of the Ridges Community in Las Vegas. We offer a variety of fitness, recreation and social programming to include personal training, tennis lessons and leagues and summer camp for kids. I am proud to say that I have been working at Club Ridges since it's opening in June 2007.
My other job with WTS is the Regional Fitness Specialist on the west coast. In this job oversee several accounts and Directors in California and Nebraska. Additionally, I provide local consulting support for our Vegas based properties Dragon Ridge Tennis and Athletic Center, Spa at Southern Highlands and the Spa at Trump.
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