About Fred Parry

Fred Parry is the elected Southern District County Commissioner for Boone County, Missouri.

Parry is a 1986 graduate of the University of Missouri.  He began his career working for newspapers in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, Penn.  He is a former member of the advertising faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism and worked as an advertising executive for the Gannett newspaper company before he and his wife started their own publishing company in Columbia in 1994.

Parry has been active in his community for more than 25 years serving as the Chairman of the Board for Boone Hospital Center, past commissioner for the Columbia Housing Authority and former president of Columbia’s Northwest Rotary Club. He has also served on the boards of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, KOPN Radio, the Missouri Symphony Society and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.  In  2006, Parry was named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Fred spent more than 30 years in the publishing industry. He was the founding publisher of more than 10 magazines. In addition to his publishing career, Fred spent nearly eight years as a daily radio talk show host on KFRU and three years doing weekly commentaries for local CBS Television affiliate, KRCG.

Parry is a past member of the Board of Directors for the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) and the past president of both the Missouri Association of Publications (MAP) and the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA).  In 2011, Parry was recognized by Folio magazine as one of the top 40 innovators in the nation’s magazine industry.  In 2013, Parry was named to the prestigious Folio 100 List.

Parry has written two Christian men’s devotionals, Walking With James: Becoming The Man God Intends You To Be (Illumify Global Media) and Walking With Ephesians. Parry is the founder of the annual CoMo Christian Men’s Conference which has attracted the nation’s leading pastors (Matt Chandler, Craig Groeschel, Lee Strobel, Todd Wagner, Robert Lewis, etc) to Columbia, Mo. over the last seven years. He leads a weekly Bible study for businessmen on Friday mornings.

Fred has been married to his wife, Melody for 28 years. Together, they have two grown sons, Max and Nick.

For more information:

Boone Countians for Fred Parry
711 West Broadway
Columbia, Missouri 65203