Local Influential Men

Two Area Men Are Positively 
Impacting the Community

Dr. Don N. Parkerson Jr.

Dr. Don Parkerson’s impact on the Vinings and Smyrna community can be seen not only through his work as a chiropractic doctor at HP Spine Center but also through his community involvement with his children’s local sports leagues and his passion for enhancing this city as the president of the Rotary Club of Smyrna. As a child, he was raised in Eastman, Georgia, and worked as a chiropractic intern under his father. Parkerson now balances his family life with his professional responsibilities in Smyrna and utilizes his incredible outreach through all of his commitments.

What began as the Humber Clinic on Cobb Parkway developed into the HP Spine Center after Parkerson acquired the practice and transitioned with Dr. Wayne Neal and Dr. Drew Southerland into their current office in Smyrna. Through their unique practice of orthospinology that utilizes a special procedure that varies tremendously from the common “twisting and turning” of basic chiropractic services, Parkerson works with patients from across the country on their individual needs. The specialty service utilizes balancing techniques and adjustments that target each patient individually and will not add any unnecessary exercises or procedures. Parkerson entered the industry due to his goal of assisting patients in resuming their health without drugs or surgery. Seeing patients return to their normal routines through a natural process motivates Parkerson each day.

As a family man, Parkerson focuses on enjoying family movie nights, complete with plentiful popcorn. Parkerson’s two children, Micah and Sadie, stay busy through their sports leagues and practices. Sadie’s efforts in volleyball and basketball along with Micah’s participation in football, basketball and Tonchu martial arts keep the Parkerson family on the move. Parkerson coaches the Upward Smyrna Leagues his children compete in as well.

With season tickets to support the Atlanta Braves, the Parkersons can be seen chopping at the new SunTrust Stadium just a short drive from their home. As members of Mount Paran Church, the Parkersons also enjoy giving back through their faith. Parkerson met his wife, Julie, through this church, so they have a special connection there.

Parkerson is the president of the Rotary Club of Smyrna, which works toward the goal of improving the city in every way possible through outreach. He is also involved with the International Chiropractic Association, the Georgia Chiropractic Association and the Society of Chiropractic Orthospinology. Parkerson also is involved with Operation Christmas Child every year and supports several missionaries around the world that provide dental and eye care in Africa. He believes it’s important to stay involved with this wonderful community he’s working in.

Don Whitney

Don Whitney proudly balances his work as founder, president and CEO of Corporate Sports Unlimited Inc., Corporate Health Unlimited and Corporate Events Unlimited, The WE Event Series and the World Children’s Center with his Atlanta-based family. In fact, Whitney does not completely separate his work matters with his personal life—his wife of 27 years, Cathy, and son, Brian, both contribute to the business and work alongside Whitney to ensure everything runs smoothly.

When he’s not planning for the upcoming WE Event Series or focusing on the business, Whitney enjoys spending time on the golf course with his twin sons, Kevin and Brian. Kevin and his wife, Mackenzie—who are newlyweds—reside down the road in Buckhead, so the Whitneys can easily find time to enjoy a meal together or meet for a Sunday service at Mount Paran Church or Passion City Church. Whitney also has quite the background on the tennis court—he and his men’s team won the 55’s 8.0 National Men’s Doubles title last year.

He enjoys his title of dad just as much as his other business titles, and it’s his commitment to all of his duties that allow him to have such a profound impact on our wonderful city. In 2010, Whitney was named citizen of the year for the city of Smyrna and was a finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 for Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.

Through Corporate Sports Unlimited Inc., Corporate Health Unlimited and Corporate Events Unlimited, Whitney can see his incredible efforts that began forming at just 25 years of age. What grew from a side business now sees over 300 employees working daily to provide over 2,000,000 people annually with unique team building and special events through their corporations. Whitney and his leadership teams have also consulted with over 45 national clients in the health and fitness center club and spa industry, and they manage close to 20 businesses located right in the heart of Atlanta, 11 of which are at World Headquartered companies. His work does not stop there, however.

The World Children’s Center has become one of his main focuses as of late, and he and his wife hope to be able to see its commencement in the next 24 months. Whitney is rebooting the U.S. 10K Classic as the WE Event Series in 2018 to benefit the continued work of children’s charities to help banish hunger, malnutrition and child abuse and to assist in the work and additional resources for the center. The U.S. 10K Classic ran for 17 years in Cobb County and drove over $54 million in economic impact and contributed over $5 million to 30 local children’s charities.

The center will be able to provide a modern and unique home for children from Georgia and around the world who are either homeless, orphaned and/or neglected. It’s through his work with The World’s Children’s Center that Whitney can truly see his current efforts coming to fruition. Visit WorldChildrensCenter.org for more information.

With his twin boys so close to home and his wife right alongside all of his efforts, he is extremely thrilled to witness where all of his past efforts have gone. He trusts Kevin and Mackenzie will flourish in their careers and Brian will flourish while continuing to learn all aspects of the business. Hats off to Whitney’s gracious and continued work in the Atlanta area and beyond.