Renee Parsons is an American businesswoman, YAM Worldwide executive and passionate 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, with a particular focus on construction and design activity at Scottsdale National Golf Club and the creation of a new, expanded PXG apparel line for women and men. She and her husband Bob started The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation in 2012, which has since made more than 300 grants to 110 partner organizations.
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 its Corporate Events department. Just one year later, Parsons expanded the department to include community outreach efforts. In this role, Parsons developed a focused giving program for the company, cultivating partnerships with deserving organizations such as UMOM, Semper Fi Fund and Make A Wish Arizona, relationships she continues to nurture today through the Foundation.
At Scottsdale National, Parsons has used her interest in architecture and design to lead the multi-year development of the new PXG House, Villas and Spa/Fitness Center. Parsons helps manage Scottsdale National along with her husband, Bob Parsons, and is intimately involved in all areas relating to hospitality and service.
Parsons is a former board member of Make-A-Wish Arizona, a position she held for six years. She is an active supporter and former board member for the Hualalai Ohana Foundation, helping to provide education and medical care for the families it serves on the Big Island of Hawaii. Parsons is most passionate about supporting causes focused on women, children and education, and through the Foundation she is active with organizations such as the Girls Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. She is also a member of Women Moving Millions, a global philanthropic community of people committed to large-scale investment in women and girls.