U.K.-based maritime public relations specialist Steve Parks, 45, founder and managing director of Wake Media, passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 7.
Parks started his maritime publishing career with Shipping World & Shipbuilder magazine. In 2003, he joined media agency JLA, before moving to Riviera Maritime Media, which he left in 2014 to form Wake Media.
At Wake Media, Parks built a portfolio of clients that includes some of the most recognized brands in the maritime industry.
“Anyone who knew Steve will know how important Wake Media was to him and as a team we want to ensure that we maintain and continue his business and legacy,” said the company in a statement released yesterday. “We want to thank everyone for their kind words and support which has been overwhelming and testament to the person that Steve was … he truly was one of a kind, with a passion for life and for everything maritime.”