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Parker Fain

Sales Team Supervisor
Southern Plains District

“I want to better myself so I can be better for my people. When they succeed, I succeed.”

Parker is the textbook definition of a team player. You would expect him to repeat the familiar phrase about teamwork: “There is no ‘I’ in team!” And he does. Yet he also strongly believes there is an important “I” in team — and that “I” is him, a leader who is all-in to bring his best to the table every day so he can empower others to succeed. In that sense he plays the roles of both coach and cheerleader for his team.

Parker earned his Industrial supervisor stripes after progressing from a trainee straight out of Oklahoma State University and then to inside sales before taking on his current role. He credits Ferguson for teaching him “everything he knows,” and for giving him the tools to achieve his professional goals. He says he thrives in Ferguson’s culture, which is centered around working hard, and loves showing up every day to learn and strive to be his best.

As a supervisor Parker embraces that same mindset of hard work and learning, and is driven to help his team succeed. He says he wants his team to hold him to high standards, so he can help them improve and progress through their own careers. For his team he mirrors his own thirst for knowledge by encouraging them to ask questions and learn from the people around them. And he believes that by bettering themselves he and his team contribute to bettering Ferguson as a whole.

According to Parker, there are three qualities that make a great Ferguson associate. The first is the drive to come to work every day and give your best, something he believes is innate and can’t be taught like products and processes. The second is adaptability, in order to deliver what the customers want and need. And the third is a team mentality. “The company isn’t where it is today because of one person,” he says. “Ferguson is where it is because of all of us.”


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Questions & Answers
Would you rather be the funniest or the smartest person in the room and why?

"Funny, who wants to be smart when you can be funny?"

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?

"Time. Because I have one daughter and she is 15 months old. Holy cow, let me tell you, it’s been crazy how fast she’s grown and is learning things. She’s just starting to put words together and it seems like just yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital. Oh boy, I’m going to be saying that for the rest of my life."

What is something you're planning on doing the next year that you've never done before?

"Selling our house!"

What is your favorite food?

"I’ll give you the classic, elementary school answer: pizza"

What is your biggest kitchen fail?

"Once I used wax paper instead of parchment or whatever the cookie paper was and almost started the house on fire. "

If you were a pair of shoes, what would you be and why?

"Mid-range athletic shoe like brooks in a neutral color. Nothing super bright and flashy. Comfortable goes with almost anything and is ready for anything…like chasing my daughter down the driveway."

I like that if you had any skill, what would it be and why?

"I’ve always envied people who are good at carpentry. People who can just go, I can make that. I don’t even know where to start."


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