GoDaddy is a part of who I am, but it only begins to explain how I see myself.
I’M A MARINE
I’ll always be one. I joined the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, where I received the Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and a Purple Heart Medal. Thanks to the Marines, I was able enroll at the University of Baltimore where I received my BS in accounting. Every day I use the lessons and discipline I learned in the Marine Corps. I absolutely would not be where I am today without the experiences I had in the Marine Corps.
I’M AN AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR
GoDaddy wasn’t the first company I started and it sure as hell wasn’t my last. I started Parsons Technology, a tax software company, in my basement in 1984 after teaching myself to write code. In 1994, I sold it for $64 million. In 1997, with time on my hands, I started Jomax Technologies which would become GoDaddy. Today I own and operate multiple motorcycle dealerships, a custom bike shop, a private golf course, a golf club company that manufactures the most technically advanced clubs you can find, an ad agency, a hedge fund and numerous real estate holdings. Seems to keep me fairly busy.
I GIVE BACK
Renee and I are grateful that we are in a position to give back to our community and to causes that mean a lot to us. In 2012 we founded The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation with the goal of reaching poor and underserved populations and causes often overlooked or underfunded by mainstream philanthropy. We focus largely on the Phoenix area and organizations associated with at-risk youth, homelessness, education, veterans’ needs and medical care. The Foundation also helps improve schools and provides medical services in rural communities in Haiti. I grew up poor as a church mouse, so I know the difference that a little bit of help can make.