Renee Labelle Parsons
Renee LaBelle Parsons is an American businesswoman, YAM Worldwide executive and dedicated philanthropist focused on making a difference for underserved populations and causes bringing hope to those most in need. Parsons takes a hands-on approach to the operations of several YAM Worldwide businesses, as well as The Foundation she and her husband, Bob Parsons, started in 2012.
Parsons grew up in the Midwest, where she learned the value of serving others at an early age. Her parents were in the hospitality business and she began working in their restaurant when she was just 13 years old. Following in her family’s footsteps, Parsons went on to receive her BA in Hospitality and Business from Central Michigan University. She then spent many years working in the hotel business, first in Chicago and then in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 2009, Parsons combined her passion for hospitality with her deeply rooted desire to help others by joining the GoDaddy team to launch their Corporate Events department. Just one year later, Parsons expanded the department to include Community Outreach efforts as well. In this role, Parsons developed a focused giving program for the company, cultivating partnerships with deserving organizations such as UMOM, Semper Fi Fund and Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS – relationships she continues to nurture today through The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.
At Scottsdale National Golf Club, Parsons has taken the lead on concepting and design for the club’s new villas and clubhouse. She works closely with the architects on site development, plans and oversees the entire construction process. Parsons is also involved in Club events and menu concepting, ensuring members receive the quality experience they expect from the exclusive private golf club.
Parsons is a former board member of Make-A-Wish Arizona, a position she held for six years where she co-chaired the organization’s annual Wish Ball on several occasions. For the past five years she has been an active supporter and board member for the Hualalai Ohana Foundation, helping to provide education and medical care for the families it serves. Parsons is most passionate about supporting causes focused on women, children and education, and through The Foundation she is active with organizations such as UMOM, the Girls Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona.