Deborah A. Parks

Senior Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Compliance Officer at Investment Counselors of Maryland LLC

Deborah A. Parks

Deborah A. Parks

Senior Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Compliance Officer at Investment Counselors of Maryland LLC

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Ms. Deborah A. Parks is Vice President-Finance & Administration at Investment Counselors of Maryland LLC. She joined ICM in 2011 as the Vice President of Finance and Administration. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked as an Accounting Manager at Brown Advisory. She began her career in 1989 as an accountant at Alex.Brown & Sons, followed by the position of Controller at Alex. Brown Investment Management for over nine years.Ms. Parks earned her B.S. in Accounting from Towson University.

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Education

The second largest university in Maryland, Towson University (TU) in Baltimore has more than 100 degree programs, numerous student research opportunities and hundreds of student life activities from which to choose. An institution with more than 150 years of history, on a 330 acre campus, TU is a value-driven public university that educates undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world through its varied colleges: * College of Business and Economics * College of Education * College of Fine Arts and Communication * College of Health Professions * College of Liberal Arts * The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics * Honors College Most popular undergraduate majors include Accounting, Art + Design, Biology, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Mass Communication, Nursing, and Psychology. TU regularly receives grants to undertake faculty-student research projects in the biological and informational sciences, economics, education and other disciplines. Like the academics, student life at TU has something for everyone. In addition to having more than 200 student organizations, Towson has numerous performing and fine arts activities, including art exhibits, student jazz and classical performances, theatre productions, films and lectures, all of which attract thousands from the Baltimore area. Admission to TU is fairly competitive. Students are evaluated based on transcripts, SAT scores, teacher recommendations and an admissions essay. Federal financial aid eligibility is determined by the student’s income. Applicants must fill out a FAFSA, which the Department of Education and the school will use to determine loan and grant eligibility. In addition, students may receive scholarships based on academic performance, talent, major area of study, income or other factors.

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Senior Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Compliance Officer
2012 - Current

Investment Counselors of Maryland (ICM) offers clients value investment solutions across the market-cap spectrum. In doing so, the firm utilizes two distinct investment processes. Both approaches employ a value-oriented investment method with a focus on fundamental analysis. ICM attempts to measure the value of a security by looking at economic and financial factors including the overall economy, industry conditions, and the financial condition and management of the company itself, to determine if the company is underpriced or overpriced. These two strategies include: Small Cap, SMID Cap & Mid-Cap Value and Large Cap Value.In selecting investments for their Small Cap, SMID Cap & Mid-Cap Value strategies, ICM seeks to invest in companies that they estimate to be undervalued that also possess leading market share positions, shareholder-oriented management teams, and strong balance sheets and cash flow ratios. Usually, the shares of the companies they buy are selling at a price-to-earnings ratio below the average price-to-earnings ratio of the stocks in the broad capitalization-specific indices (i.e. Russell 2000 , Russell 2500 and Russell Midcap). The companies usually have higher return-on-equity and return-on-capital than the average company in those same indices. Using screening parameters such as price-to-earnings, relative return-on-equity and other financial ratios, ICM screens the universe of investments to identify potentially undervalued securities. They further narrow the list of potential investments through traditional fundamental security analysis. For their Large Cap Value strategy, ICM seeks to identify companies that are well-capitalized with sustainable competitive advantages and strong management teams. Using various screening parameters, they seek to identify potentially undervalued securities. ICM further narrows the list of potential investments through traditional fundamental security analysis. Investment are chosen once ICM is convinced the securities are undervalued and after they have attempted to discover a positive inflection point in the company’s business momentum. ICM's primary focus is to confirm the competitive position of the company and that it is sufficiently undervalued based on historical valuation parameters, given their projected estimates for earnings and free-cash-flow.

Accounting Manager
Prior - 2010

Brown Investment Advisory offers a variety of investment strategies including Large-Cap Growth, Large-Cap Value, Small-Cap Growth and Fixed-Income. In addition, the firm works with other asset management firms to offer clients access to other strategies including US Small-Cap Value Equity, International Equity, hedge funds-of-funds, alternative asset classes, venture capital funds, buy-out private equity funds, real estate funds and a variety of co-investments.Brown's large-cap growth strategy seeks to invest in diversified portfolios of companies with superior fundamentals, strong, sustainable revenue and earnings growth and attractive valuations. They invest in US large-cap growth stocks and typically hold them for several years. Brown employs fundamental research to select securities and sectors that offer highly competitive, tax-efficient returns. They seek to identify market-leading companies or companies with the potential to become market leaders. They look for rich product cycles, large, growing markets, strong cash flow, proprietary products/services and productive new product development efforts. Brown also looks for growth stock development that occurs after the initial phase of growth in which a catalyst causes rejuvenated growth.Brown's Large-Cap Value strategy seeks to identify out-of-favor situations with downside risk of no more than 20% and upside potential of at least 40%. They look for sound, financially strong, growing companies with proven shareholder-sensitive management. Their strategy is multi-cap, with a minimum market-cap of $500 million and no maximum. Companies should have above average earnings growth, above average profitability and below average valuations. Investments are diversified across a wide range of industries. The firm employs a bottom-up portfolio construction process that is based on the specific attractiveness of each holding.The firm's Small-Cap Growth strategy seeks to invest early and hold investments for the long-term. Brown looks for companies with large business opportunities relative to the company's size and proprietary technology, products, services or distribution systems. Management must have a clear, measurable plan to produce sustainable earnings growth of more than 20% a year. At the time of purchase, stocks must have a market-cap of not more than the largest company in the Russell 2000 Growth Index.Brown actively manages fixed-income portfolios. They employ a disciplined investment process that seeks to exploit changes in sector spreads, security valuations, interest rate trends and yield curve dynamics.

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Alex. Brown & Sons was the first investment bank in the United States, founded by Alexander Brown in 1800 and based in Baltimore, Maryland. The firm was acquired by Bankers Trust in 1997 to form BT Alex. Brown and ultimately integrated into Deutsche Bank following its acquisition in 1999.

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