Meet Our Staff: Zena Parks

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Ready to meet another member of the Gallatin Chamber staff? We sure are! Today, meet our Chief Operating Officer Zena Parks!


Zena Rodgers Parks began work with the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce in February 2007 as Assistant Director and was named Chief Operating Officer in November 2014. She is celebrating her 14th year with the Chamber in 2021. Zena is also the genius behind the Gallatin Farmers Market and works diligently to bring you the best local produce, baked goods, and more each season. Before coming to the Gallatin Chamber, Zena worked in the Optometry field as an Optometric Assistant and Administrative Assistant for over 20 years. She was also licensed in health, life, property and casualty insurance.


Zena is a lifelong resident of Gallatin, contributing a wealth of knowledge of the community to the Chamber and its visitors. She attended Middle Tennessee State University where she studied Business Administration. Zena completed her training in the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives Institute in March of 2009 and continues to attend continuing education courses throughout the year.


She has served as Vice President of Historic Cragfont and on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Gallatin Downtown Library. Zena was also active in the Junior Service League of Gallatin where she served on the Fundraising committee, the Board of Directors, as Secretary and President in 2009-2010. In 2007 she won the Junior Service League's President's Award.


In addition to her community involvement, Zena is quite the craftsman with her fabulously designed jewelry pieces created by hand and inspired by her nieces, Ella and Grace. She enjoys attending live sporting events as well as a variety of musical performances in and around the Nashville area. Zena loves to travel and is always looking forward to her next adventure.