Jung-ki “Rocky” Park

A graduate of Korea Military Academy in 1958, Park pursued a career as a solider, business executive, sports administrator, and author.  After retirement from the army in 1973, he served as the CEO of Korea Heavy Industries and the CEO of the state-owned Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). During his tenure at KEPCO, Park superintended the rapid growth of Korea’s nuclear power generation technology, earning him praise until he retired from the company in 1987.

In 1985, Park became the President of the Korea Association of Athletics Federations and oversaw two achievements that Korean athletic had thought impossible: winning two Olympic medals – gold and silver – in the men’s marathon.  Park also served as one of the longest running council members of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from 1991 to 2015. He played a crucial role in hosting the World Championships in Daegu, Korea, in 2011.

Park has also seen success as a bestselling author of books, including Plain Stories by a Grandpa, which sold over 300,000 copies.  He has published more than ten books spanning various topics, from sports to politics.  He currently serves as the President of the Korea Corporate Members of the AUSA (Association of the United States Army) and chairman of the Korea Athletics Foundation.