Kyle Parker, J.D.
Kyle Parker, J.D., President and CEO of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, possesses a nationally recognized presence in the fields of law, technology, business, and higher education. Beginning as a private practice attorney, Kyle wrote the first artificial intelligence software (CLARA) ever granted a registered copyright for the legal profession while he was still in law school. He then created a word search engine, and in 1989 digitized the Arkansas legal case opinions, and statutory and regulatory laws to release the first legal CD-ROM in history (CaseBase). His efforts were subsequently recognized by the Arkansas Bar Association with the Lawyer-Pioneer Award, the first and only time this award has been granted. Kyle was also recognized by the Arkansas House of Representatives and the Arkansas State Senate, and was later awarded the Technology Award by the National Center for State Courts. And, in 1994, Kyle conceived and created the first searchable legal information internet site (loislaw.com).
Kyle directed Law Office Information Systems, (LOIS), a 700 employee company, taking the company “public” in 1999, where its stock was traded on NASDAQ. During his tenure of LOIS, Kyle was recognized by numerous state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court for revolutionizing legal research throughout America and making it affordable. He received the Ernst & Young, Southwest Finalist, Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000, was recognized as one of the Top 10 most influential graduates of Franklin Pierce Law Center, as well as being named in the top 200 CEO Entrepreneur Companies in America. Most recently, Kyle was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Computing. He has also had numerous articles written about his entrepreneurial works, and he has appeared on Bloomberg, CNN, and CNNfn.
In 2001, Kyle directed the sale of LOIS to Wolters Kluwer NA, an Amsterdam-based world publishing company. At the time of the acquisition, LOIS had over 23,000 law firms, every accredited law school in the U.S., and every State appellate court including the U.S. Supreme Court as its customer. After the acquisition in 2001, Kyle directed the traditional print publishing units of Wolters Kluwer toward digitally available products and services. As Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning, his responsibilities included the merging of various business units’ products and services from a traditional transaction model to a recurring revenue model for more than 300 digital offerings.
In 2009, Kyle was employed by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith as Vice Chancellor of Technology. Responsible for the technology needs of 8,000 students and 1,000 staff and faculty, he directed the changing of technology that led to increased speed and reliability from 84% to 99.98% uptime, full redundancy, and complete disaster recovery, while reducing energy expenditures by 80%. Collaborating with faculty and students, he directed the creation of study labs, web site redesign and architecture, a 24-hour technology enabled study zone, and a complete update of the PCs for all faculty and administration. He also directed the creation of a new service department help system for technology, building and grounds, and human resources.
In 2010 Kyle’s responsibilities expanded when he was appointed Vice Chancellor of Operations to include the strategic direction for growth of the institution. His additional responsibilities included oversight of technology, plant operations, the physical plant, health and safety, police, building and grounds, shipping and receiving, inventory, campus and community events, and renovations and new construction including a $14.1 million dollar Boreham Library expansion and renovation project. In addition, his strategic energy initiatives produced an annual savings to the University in excess of $1.8 Million per annum.
Throughout his professional career, Kyle has partnered with private banking firms to acquire and manage various “turn around” and growth businesses. He has worked directly with the CEOs of various companies to create new executive management, operation structures, sales, and technology solutions to control expenditures and increase revenue, while also serving on each company’s respective Board of Directors.
Kyle is also active in his community as he serves as a volunteer Board member for various civic, charitable, and educational institutions and organizations. Kyle and his wife, Renee, are the parents of two sons, Marshall and Christian, and reside in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
- 1985 – J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, New Hampshire
- 1980 – B.A., Arkansas Tech University
- Nominated as the Health Care Innovator Hero of the Year by Arkansas Business 2018
- Selected as one of Arkansas’ Top 200 Health & Education Leaders by Arkansas Business 2017
- General Partner – KDP Investments, LLC, 2000 – Present
- Parker Ranch, LP, General Partner, 2000 – Present
- KDP Management LP, General Manager, 2000 – Present
- NAS Recruitment Communications, Executive Manager and Board of Directors, 2010- Present
- James Fork Regional Water District, Advisor, 2013 – Present
- Wolters Kluwer/Loislaw; Executive Vice President Business Development and Strategic Planning, 2001 – 2009
- Loislaw.com (LOIS – NASDAQ) 1999 – 2001, Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board
- Law Office Information Systems., (LOIS), Founder, CEO, President, Chairman of the Board, 1989 – 1999
- Parker Law Firm, Private Practice Attorney, 1986 – 1991
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