Brad Parks

Chairman & Executive Festival Director

Brad has nearly 30 years of experience developing technology platforms, financial products, and process engineering systems for global companies, complex organizations, and governments. Brad began his career serving over a decade as V.P. of The Hanleigh Companies, America’s first-ever direct underwriter for Lloyds of London, specializing in entertainment, professional sports and high net worth corporate risk management. 

After the sale of Hanleigh Brad moved into technology as Co-Founder & CEO of 365Advantage Software where he managed Web development and organizational development projects for over 100 organizations worldwide. Brad then launched secure Cloud services R&D firm Knowledge Through Data LLC whose communication software managed multiple complex merchant commerce systems with First Data and logistics tracking of U.S. Customs inspected international shipping though the airport of one of America’s largest cities. 

Brad recently financed the acquisition of the Hollywood Film Festival before managing acquisitions of other related “Hollywood” properties of the Hollywood Film Holding Corporation. In 2017 Brad was invited to share his vision for Hollywood at Variety’s welcome reception at the Cannes Film Festival and that June also invited to speak at the Shanghai Film Festival where he gave Hollywood’s blessing to their new “Great Belt & Road Grand Jury” competition. He was also an invited to present at the 2017 “Chinese Academy Awards for Acting” in Beijing. In 2018 Brad recruited the participation of an exceptional entertainment and finance leader as Hollywood Film’s new CEO and became Chairman of Hollywood Film (HoldCo) and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival.