Parker’s Announces Three New Hires to Support Strategic Regional Growth

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Parker’s, an award-winning convenience and food service leader headquartered in Savannah, Ga., recently hired three new team members -- Michael O’Donnell, David Askew and Daniel Ben-Yisrael -- to fuel the company’s explosive growth throughout the region.
“Given our ambitious expansion into metro Charleston and our continued growth in and around Savannah, it’s important to onboard professional construction project managers and real estate project managers who can help us reach out goals,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “We hired David Askew, Daniel Ben-Yisrael and Michael O’Donnell based on their strong track records and their commitment to helping us build the best possible retail stores in new and existing markets.”
DAVID ASKEW, Construction Project Manager - David Askew joined Parker’s after serving as a Superintendent at Seibert and Son, Inc, in Lawrenceville, Ga., where he managed the construction of Quik Trip convenience stores across the region. As a Construction Project Manager at Parker’s, he oversees and coordinates the construction of new and remodeled Parker’s locations. Originally from Hope, Ark., Askew brings more than 30 years of experience to his new position and excels at keeping constructions projects on schedule and adhering to aggressive timelines. He is based at the Parker’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga.
DANIEL BEN-YISRAEL: Real Estate Development Manager  – The former Director of Planning and Development for the City of Goose Creek, S.C., Daniel Ben-Yisrael brings 11 years of site planning, zoning administration, project management and inspections experience in local and state government to his new position at Parker’s. As a Real Estate Development Manager, he oversees site selection, design and permitting for new Parker’s locations. Originally from Berkeley County, S.C., Ben-Yisrael has a B.S. in Public Administration from Virginia State University and a Graduate Certificate in Land Use and Development from Framingham State University. He lives in Moncks Corner, S.C. and is based in Charleston, S.C.
MICHAEL O’DONNELL, Construction Project Manager - Michael O’Donnell previously served as the New Construction Project Manager for Racetrac Petroleum in Smyrna, Ga. and as the Project Manager for Petrolink in Kennesaw, Ga., where he managed the construction of stores in the metro Atlanta area and throughout the Southeast. In his new position as a Construction Project Manager at Parker’s, he oversees the construction of new stores as well as the remodeling of existing locations. Originally from Fayetteville, N.C., O’Donnell grew up in the Charlotte, N.C. area, earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and attended graduate school in Hydrogeology at Georgia State University. He is based in Charleston, S.C.
Founded in 1976, Parker’s has earned accolades for its Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, award-winning Fueling the Community charitable initiative, innovative mobile app and acclaimed Parker’s Rewards program, which has saved customers more than $10 million since its inception.
With 58 retail stores throughout coastal Georgia and South Carolina and a $50 million expansion into the Charleston, S.C. market currently underway, Parker’s is well on its way to becoming a billion-dollar company. The company has enjoyed 20 to 24 percent annual growth for the past 19 years and was recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest Growing Companies in America for the fifth time.
Parker’s employs nearly 1,000 individuals throughout the region and completes more than 125,000 transactions daily. The award-winning company has been recognized by USA Today for its impressive food selection and earned raves as a top-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor.