R. Parke Ellis, Chairman, Gillis, Ellis & Baker
Gillis, Ellis & Baker
Thirty-seven years ago, Parke Ellis joined Gillis, Ellis & Baker as a producer, focusing on the entire spectrum of insurance and risk management for his clients, with a specialty in policy audit. Today, Ellis regularly shares his time with area businesses and nonprofits, educating them on various risk management topics to improve their overall business plan and risk management program.
In June 2016, Ellis was the 27th recipient of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana’s highest honor, the Lou Daniel Award. Ellis served as IIABL’s president in 2013–2014; during his time on the board, one of IIABL’s primary strategic goals was to bring new talent into Louisiana’s independent agencies. As part of this effort, Ellis led the charge to establish the Louisiana Insurance Academy [LIA], a program focused on kick-starting careers in insurance. Ellis worked with Delgado Community College to recruit prospects into the program, and he developed the curriculum, recruited instructors, taught classes, managed the program and counseled students. To date, the LIA has graduated 35 professionals into independent agencies and brokerages in Louisiana.