Our Expert Staff

Concept III North America

David Parkes
Founder & CEO

David is a skilled marketer first and a textile expert second. Raised in Stafford, England, and armed with a marketing degree from the University of Kent, David began his career at Borg Textiles in the UK where he worked in sales and product development for the famous pile and faux fur maker.  Read More »

Chris Parkes
Partner, Director of Sales

Born in England, Chris and his family came to the U.S. when he was four and settled in New Jersey. He graduated in history and economics at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA then joined Concept III, his family’s business based in Red Bank, NJ where he took on new knowledge and competencies in performance textiles. Read More »

RBirnRob Birn
New Account Development

Rob Birn is a native of New Jersey, though he doesn’t have the accent to prove it. A foodie at heart, he earned a degree in hotel and restaurant management from Pennsylvania State because, he confesses, it would allow him to be around good food and fine wines. ob worked for both the Hilton and Sheraton hotel brands before… Read More »

Jennifer Miller
Director, New York Accounts & Operations

A truly native New Yorker, Jennifer was born in Brooklyn and has lived in New York and New Jersey almost all of her life. Exposed to the garment industry in Manhattan at 16 and enamored by it, she was destined to work in the apparel and textile industries. Read More »

Allison Abbate
Sales Support

New to Concept III, but a quick study of the outdoor apparel business, Allison was captain of both the soccer and lacrosse teams at Georgian Court University where she recently graduated Cum Laude in accounting, business management and finance. Read More »

Concept III UK

Mark Palmer

Mark joined the Concept III European office in the UK in 2012. A native of the UK, his entire career he has been involved with sales, product development and marketing in Europe for key international active sports and outdoor apparel and accessory brands such as RAB, Columbia Sportswear, Mountain Equipment… Read More »

Gwen Moore
Company Secretary 

Highly skilled in customer service, Gwen has been dedicated to surpassing customers’ expectations at Concept III since 1998.  An avid walker and jogger, she regularly takes part in England’s Great North Run half marathon and the Race for Life cancer benefit and supports… Read More »