Greg Parr is a sales specialist at Acme Sunshades Enterprise Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (510) 992-4017 or by email.

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Video: Choosing An Awning

With Greg Parr of Acme Sunshades Enterprise, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN LEANDRO − Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning to purchase an awning for your home or business, keep in mind that certain styles work better on some applications than others. Today we’re in San Leandro with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Greg Parr of Acme Sunshades Enterprise to learn more.

How to Choose the Right Awning

By Greg Parr of Acme Sunshades Enterprise, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN LEANDRO − When considering an awning installation for a home or business, most people get an idea of what they’re looking for by referencing examples they’ve seen online or around town. However, many people fail to realize that some awning styles…Read More

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Greg Parr: Par Excellence

  • Greg Parr is a sales specialist at ACME Sunshades Enterprise, Inc.

Greg Parr: Par Excellence
“A custom awning is a big financial investment, so I like putting my customers at ease and earning their trust."

SAN LEANDRO − For Greg Parr, a lifelong career in the awning business began at an unlikely starting point. “I was a parachute rigger in the U.S. Navy,” he recalls. “In learning how to take care of parachutes, flight gear and aircraft interiors, we were taught how to sew and work with fabric and canvas. After 10 years with the Navy, I ended up in Hawaii, where I apprenticed with a company that made sails for catamarans in Waikiki. In addition to making sails, I learned how to design and manufacture awnings.”

Eventually, Greg was promoted to manager of the company, where he gained experience with estimating and other sales-oriented aspects of the business. After a few years, he decided it was time to strike out on his own. “I opened my own canvas awning company in Oahu, where I perfected my trade,” he says. “In Hawaii, the sun and salty air are really brutal on canvas products, so I learned how to make my awnings bulletproof against the elements.”

Greg moved from Hawaii to the Bay Area in the mid-1990s, where he continues to live in Santa Clara with his wife, Tina, and stepdaughter, Geneva. Today, as a sales specialist at Acme Sunshades Enterprise Inc., Greg says his favorite part of his job is gaining the confidence of his customers. “A custom awning is a big financial investment, so I like putting my customers at ease and earning their trust. Often, I’m able to make a customer comfortable enough to put down a deposit after just a short meeting, so that’s very gratifying and keeps me motivated.”

Outside of work, Greg stays engaged in a variety of pastimes. “Ever since I was in the Navy, I’ve been active with various veterans’ associations,” he says. “I help with fundraising and planning reunions, and since I’m more tech-savvy than most people my age, I do graphics for flyers and help veterans reconnect via Facebook.” Greg also likes to spend time pursuing his longtime hobby of photography. “I took up photography while I was in the military, and it has become a real passion of mine,” he says. Additionally, Greg stays in touch with his daughter, Katrina, and son, Justin (his eldest son, Charles, passed away in 2011 while in active service with the U.S. Marines).

In his life and career, Greg espouses the importance of honesty. “I try to be forthright and open with others, whether it’s my friends, family or customers,” he says. “At work, this might mean telling a customer upfront that a certain product or design they want isn’t right for the application. They might not want to hear that, but in the end, they’ll be happier having a product that properly suits their home or business.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Greg says he’d move to the Philippines. “My wife is from the Philippines and we have some property over there. We go to visit once or twice a year, and it’s such a great place. Everyone is so friendly and there’s so much to do—you just go from one adventure to another.”

Ask me anything!
Q: What’s your favorite season?

A: Fall. I particularly like October because of Fleet Week and the great weather.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?

A: I have two: Cha Cha Sushi in San Jose and Orenchi Ramen in Santa Clara.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?

A: A night owl.

Q: Music or talk radio?

A: Definitely music.

Q: Who’s your favorite musician?

A: Bob Marley is my go-to guy—it’s happy, feel-good music, and nobody complains when I put it on.

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