volunteer2018 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR | MICHAEL PARICH JR.

Michael was born and raised in New Iberia. He is the first child of four brothers born to Wendy and Michael Parich Sr. Of course, Michael had to make his way into this world with a bang on January 1, 1977 to help the world celebrate his first New Year on this earth. Michael grew up very active in the community and the church following the lead of his mother and father, playing piano for 19 years and being involved in every sport he could play. Michael met his beautiful wife Jessica Young one night unexpectedly while escorting a nationally known hip-hop group he scheduled for a concert and had just taken to dinner. Michael escorted over 20 people into his local establishment past the VIP line where Miss Jessica was currently employed while in school to be a Speech and Language Pathologist. Miss Jessica cordially and independently stepped in front of Mike and his group and calmly instructed him to get to the back of the line because she didn’t care who he was she had a job to do, it was love at first site!Michael has two beautiful sons, Michael Parich III and Cooper Sam Parich, and currently has a new little guy/gal on the way who Jessica can’t wait to find out, but Michael in his natural way refuses to know the sex. Michael is a proud 1995 graduate of Catholic High School, Class President of the “Stayin’ Alive in 95” class. Mike has stayed involved with Catholic High as a volunteer track coach and as the “VOICE” of the Panther’s Football Team since 1998. Michael will call his 20th season this year from the Panther Stadium press box.Upon graduation from Catholic High, Michael attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and majored in Business Management and was a member of the USL Track team during his freshman and sophomore year. Michael began his career in Health, Safety, Environmental and Risk Management in 1997 and has worked for companies such as Haliburton, Fluid Crane, Shaw Group, BP, Compass Group USA and is currently the HSEQ/Risk Director with JB James Construction of Baton Rouge. 

Along with his fulltime career, Michael has always had what he calls his fun work being multiple entertainment venues, small cafes and sports bars, including Karma Night Club, Retro Night Club, Century Gastro Pub, Brewskis Bar and Grill, Grant Street, Frulatti Café and Bakery, Mangos Café (NOLA) and most recently co-owner of the all new Clementine on Main in the heart of downtown New Iberia. 

Michael is very active and a strong leader in New Iberia with his continued effort to be a part of and help drive the development of Downtown New Iberia with his love of Main Street. He is the President and one of the founding members of the Parich Foundation, active board member with the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, and the Iberia Spanish festival. Michael is always doing his part to contribute anything he can to almost any event or fundraiser to help others in need. 

The little, spare time Michael has, he enjoys water sports, watching his sons progress in wakeboarding, and music and spending quality time with his oh so wonderful wife and family.