R. Parke Ellis, Gillis, Ellis & Baker
Gillis, Ellis & Baker
Thirty-eight 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, he 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 2016, he was the 27th recipient of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana’s highest honor, the Lou Daniel Award. Parke 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, he led the charge to establish the Louisiana Insurance Academy [LIA], a program focused on kick-starting careers in insurance. Parke 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. The LIA has graduated over 35 professionals into independent agencies and brokerages in Louisiana.