Allen has spent the last 25 years as a leader in the wellness and leisure industry. Raised in Connecticut and the son of an immigrant, he learned early the meaning of hard work, loyalty and compassion for all. After attending the University of Connecticut and Long Beach State with Degrees in Kinesiotherapy and Recreation Administration, his passion for outdoor recreation lead him into the world of clinical rehab, adaptive recreation and eventually into the commercial fitness, spa and leisure industry.
While in his former role as Sr. Vice President of WTS International, Allen spent the last 18 years overseeing all aspects of business in the western half of North America and led the charge on planning, opening and operating lifestyle amenities, fitness centers and spas within the private club, hospitality, residential and commercial markets.
Working closely to foster incredible partnerships and friendships with team members and clients is at the core of his philosophy. He believes that bringing together talented, caring and passionate individuals, all in alignment for a common goal, creates the core foundation to a successful operation.
Allen will play an integral role in the growth and future of Epic, working closely with partners to ensure the company provides the most innovative, positive and enjoyable experiences for its associates and Clients. “Heroic Individuals helping others succeed, accomplish their goals and grow!”
Dr. Darian Parker earned his Ph.D in Sports Education Leadership with an emphasis in Behavior Modification from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He earned his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from James Madison University in Kinesiology with concentrations in Exercise Leadership, Athletic Administration and Advanced Coaching. Dr. Parker is also a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Dr. Parker has been in the fitness and wellness business for 18 years. Throughout the course of Dr. Parker’s career he has served several roles in the fitness and wellness industry. In the academic setting, Dr. Parker served as the Director of Education and Program Coordinator for both Professional Fitness Institute/Pinnacle Career College. After working in the academic environment, Dr. Parker worked for WTS International as the General Manager for Club Ridges, an upscale private fitness club located within the gates of the exclusive Ridges community in Las Vegas. In addition to this Dr. Parker served as the National Director of Fitness for WTS assisting in oversight and support of WTS’ national portfolio. Furthermore, Dr. Parker continues to be the private personal trainer for several leaders of prominent businesses in the United States.
Dr. Parker’s new venture as one of the Principals of Epic Leisure Management provides an opportunity for him to create, implement and foster the highest levels of a people centered culture while also providing the most innovative and significant technologies and services to our clients. People first is at the core of Dr. Parker’s philosophy. While business is very important, what’s even more important to Dr. Parker is the human being behind the business.