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AppHarvest Chief Communications Officer Travis Parman has had an exciting career that spans three continents, leading communications for major global companies. Prior to his current role, he was heading up North American communications for Nissan. His team was running on all cylinders and doing well. He was feeling a little restless and found his way to a company that was a far cry from the large organizations in which he had built his career. But that brought him back to his Appalachian roots.

Travis shares his career journey and why he made some of the choices he made. He reminds listeners of the value of their network, and how those relationships will introduce us to opportunities we never thought possible. He reminds us all to be patient in our career path — but not too patient.

Travis Parman

Travis ParmanTravis Parman has had a full career that gave him exposure to significant communications challenges ranging from heated labor campaigns, corporate rebrands, executive misconduct to start up IPO in a new sector in sustainable food.

Currently the Chief Communications Officer at APPHarvest in Kentucky, Travis built an international communications career managing these challenges as chief truth teller for companies when they needed it most.

Travis joined AppHarvest in 2020 after serving in a number of global communications roles in Paris, Tokyo, and Nashville with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance — most recently as Vice President for Nissan Americas and President of the Nissan Foundation. Prior to his work with Nissan, Travis held public relations leadership roles with companies including General Motors, Ally Financial, Pulte Homes and Lockheed Martin. An Appalachian native, he holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in communications management from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.


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