Partners Sandra and Parker Pike are wonderful examples of ‘follow your dreams.’
Sandra grew up in Scottsdale and moved to Point Loma for High School. She exchanged college for 3 years of caring for her father who was terminally ill with Parkinson’s Disease. She learned a lot about healthcare and wonderful passion driven people supporting her. Following several management roles, she had a great opportunity working in Milwaukee for Prudential Mortgage, one of the first online mortgage businesses in the Country. But her passion was baking...baking fresh, healthy breads, the great smells and huge smiles from kids and adults alike. She packed up her bags and traded in her 401 K accounts to follow her dream with a move back to San Diego. Like many entrepreneurs, she knew a lot about business...but very little about running a commercial bakery. Yikes. With great community support, help from industry professionals and 18 hour days...she grew her idea and passion into a well-know N. County bakery – Village Mill Bread Company. When the bakery was sold last year she had 25 employees, multiple outlets including Jimbos and the Addison Restaurant. But her biggest smile came from something unexpected…her bakery became a “1st job training center” for over 175 area high school students…. as she taught them the value of hard work, responsibility, trust and teamwork...all life changing and life development skills.
Parker’s business career in San Diego spans four decades of helping corporations, media companies, nonprofits and three universities, after moving here from the Chicago area 48 years ago. His energy and business growth DNA led him to many of San Diego’s largest organizations in very different sectors.
Retail...working for Fed-Mart and Sol Price and the beginnings of Price Club and Costco.
Media...the Union-Tribune in advertising, market research and was the Community Relations Director for two years, expanding the U-T’s footprint in nonprofit and community support.
Attractions...became the first marketing director (after 91 years) for the new Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
Events...wrote the Host Marketing Program for San Diego’s first Super Bowl, the Host program for the 1990 America’s Cup Defense.
Cause Marketing...established the first Cause Marketing nonprofit university class in the County at UCSD Extension.
Consulting...working with regional companies and nonprofits, bridging the need for awareness and mission focus...using local media companies as the ‘megaphone’ and bridge.
His innovative programs include development of the Think Blue Initiative and partnerships for the City of San Diego and the largest environmental educational program in San Diego with SDG&E and the Birch Aquarium. He is founder of the San Diego AMA’s Cause Conference helping executives build sustainable partnerships. He continues today his 31 years teaching marketing classes at UCSD Extension for corporate and nonprofit executives. His key interest with SDSVP is building resources for Investees and expanding awareness resources for SDSVP to stimulate partner growth and more support for area nonprofits and their leaders.
Sandra and Parker live in Torrey Highlands and have 4 wonderful grandchildren that live nearby...and keeps them young.