Todd Parks

2019 Inductee

About Todd Parks

Todd Parks grew up in Clinton, Mo., and played football for the Clinton Cardinals and was a two-sport athlete during high school. He played football and was named first-team all-state as a defensive lineman, while placing second in state as a heavyweight wrestler during his senior. That earned him a scholarship to Missouri S&T to play football and also received a scholarship from the university’s mining engineering department. He was redshirted during his freshman year while playing on the defensive line and during his sophomore season, the team suffered several injuries on the offensive line, so he was asked to transition to the left offensive tackle position. He was also the long snapper during his career.

While attending school, he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He was also an active member of the Society of Mining Engineering and on the national champion mucking team, a competition utilizing old mining techniques.

Todd earned his Bachelor’s degree in mining engineering in 1991 and soon after graduation married Nancy Wehmeyer, also a graduate of Missouri S&T with a degree in engineering management and a member of the Academy of Miner Athletics. They moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Todd began his career working in a large copper mine in southern Arizona and progressed to the position of General Foreman. After eight years in operations, Todd began a career in technical sales for a major supplier of blast hole drilling products and transitioned into a sales manager role covering the Western United States.

During this period, Todd returned to school and obtained his MBA through the University of Phoenix. In 2006, Todd joined P&H MinePro Services (later renamed Joy Global as a regional manager covering the South Central region based in Longview, Texas, then in 2010, he spend three and one-half years managing Joy Global’s Western Canadian operations. In late 2013, he transitioned back to Texas to lead One Joy Global’s initiative for the United States South region until Komatsu acquired the company in April 2017. In his latest role, he is the commercial director for the United States East, responsible for all Komatsu surface mining and underground hard rock equipment sales.

Recently, Todd joined the mining engineering advisory board at Missouri S&T and assists in communicating industry needs from our future engineers. Todd and Nancy have raised two sons, Cody and Brett, both of whom are attending universities in Texas.