David T. Parry is Chairman of Academic Travel Abroad, Inc., an international tour company and study abroad provider. He and his wife Susan bought the company in 1973 and brought it to Washington, D.C. David and his staff have worked with many clients in the non-profit community to create cultural travel programs throughout the world. He pioneered travel programs to Russia in the 1970's and to China in the 1980ís. He acquired CET programs in 1994 and later, acquired Grandtravel, a travel company designed exclusively for grandparents and grandchildren. Prior to joining Academic Travel, he served on the staff of several members of Congress, taught political science at Pacific University, and was Director of Summer Sessions at The American University. When he isnít traveling to assist in designing new travel programs, he can be found riding trains, hiking, or taking care of his granddaughter.