My name is Parke Pleasants. I'm a Concept Designer, blurring the lines between Engineering and Industrial Design to bring innovative ideas to fruition. When I'm not at work, I'm exploring personal design concepts, traveling/camping, spending time with my family and dog, woodworking, wrenching on old trucks and motorcycles, and drinking whiskey and/or beer. I strive to solve problems with a creative process and a strong foundation in engineering principles. My philosophy on life and work are parallel: to experience as much as possible and retain ideas/memories for the times when they matter the most.
I graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Industrial Design and a minor in Green Engineering in 2013. In the 5 years since, I've played critical roles in reaching new markets for my employers. I've helped to develop innovative products that have quickly risen to become best-sellers in their respective markets. Of these, most notable are the Ryobi Auger, the first of its kind, and the Ryobi Garage Door Opener (GDO) and accessory system, which has successfully dominated long-standing leaders including Chamberlain, Genie, and Craftsman. I'm currently exploring my passions as an Industrial Designer and avid outdoors enthusiast in the camping and outdoor industry. My focus is on producing products I can stand behind; products that offer functionality, quality, and longevity. I hold over 15 US and foreign patents and will strive to continue to serve a pivotal role in the development of new concepts.