Owner Wayne Parks' father, Wayman H. Parks, was a pipefitter at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company for close to 12 years. He worked two eight-hour shifts until the union came to the shipyard and orchestrated a large strike in 1967. The second shift was no longer available to him after that, so he took a second job working at Wilson H. Wright Plumbing and Heating Service Company in Hampton, Virginia.
In 1971, his father decided to start his own company named after his wife. It attracted attention as it was unusual in the 70's to have a woman's name as a plumbing company. Thus, Betty's Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electrical was born and became a branded name for residents of the Virginia Peninsula.
Parks Holds A Master's License In...
- Backflow Testing Certification
Wayne H. Parks would ride along with his dad when he worked for Wilson H. Wright and also when he started his company Betty's. After turning 14 years old, he worked for his father during summer breaks and full-time after completing high school.
After his father passed in 1996 at the young age of 57 years old, his mother took over ownership of the business an Wayne continued working for Betty's Plumbing and Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electrical until 2012 when a life-changing illness of his mother caused the family to have to sell the business.
Immediately after, Wayne H. Parks started Parks Electric & Mechanical Company in 2012. Being born and raised into the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical business, Wayne has learned all aspects of the the business through years of experience and has continually educated himself on changes in the industry through trade schools, seminars, manufacturer's classes and classes available through our suppliers.