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Dave Parro

Executive Vice President and Partner

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about."

Benjamin Franklin

As EVP Operations, Dave leads the agency’s Operations, IT and Client Services teams, focusing on improving the firm’s service delivery through operational excellence. His responsibilities include aligning the company’s processes, systems and account management model to provide a consistent client and employee experience.

Since joining the firm in 2012, Dave has been instrumental in helping Walker Sands scale to manage its rapid growth. He has led multiple initiatives to improve agency operations, including the development of its integrated marketing offerings, establishment of its Client Services department, and implementation of new technology. Dave has also led some of the agency’s most strategic accounts, including West Monroe, Amwins, Arity and Miller Heiman Group.

A storyteller at heart, Dave spent nearly a decade as a newspaper reporter and editor before joining Walker Sands. A Chicago native and lifelong resident, he holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Aurora University.


  • Business plan execution
  • Process development
  • Client management
  • Asking Questions


  • Marketing strategy
  • Writing
  • Storytelling
  • Stock picking


  • Personal finance
  • Blogging
  • Home renovation
  • Downhill skiing

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