To many people, Parker MacDonell is the consummate businessman, the pin-striped president of CF Bank, the man to see when you need a business loan.

To many people, Parker MacDonell is the consummate businessman, the pin-striped president of CF Bank, the man to see when you need a business loan.

Word is starting to spread, however, that MacDonell has stepped down after 23 years in the banking business and has returned to his first love and first career -- music.

Those who would like to hear more are invited to his concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the McConnell Arts Center (MAC), where he will introduce his new CD, The Present Tense.

MacDonell jokingly refers to the new recording and concert as a "new debut." He was a professional singer, songwriter and guitar player for nine years in the 1970s and early 1980s but gave it all up to become a banker and suburban family man.

He still works as a business consultant, hanging out his own shingle after he left CF Bank in 2010. But now he keeps hours that allow him to pursue his first passion.

"Very few things make me feel as alive as writing songs," MacDonell said.

He wrote all but three of the songs on the new CD and will perform them and other favorites from his first go-round as a performer during the concert at the MAC.

He will open as a solo act and then be joined by his local band, Captain Morgan and the Pep Boys. Then he'll join professional musicians who will accompany him for most of the evening.

"I will have a lot of friends on stage," he said. "I'm really not sure how it is going to turn out."

It won't be the first time he has taken a chance and followed his heart. He has enjoyed both careers, he said.

MacDonell grew up in Lima. Both his father and grandfather were president of the Metropolitan Bank of Lima. It was assumed he someday would ascend to the throne.

The young MacDonell majored in music at Dartmouth College but assumed he would graduate and become a banker.

Instead, he joined the a cappella group at school and played guitar and sang on weekends at local bars.

When he graduated, his father gave him a great gift, telling him that he was not expected to return to Lima to be a banker and encouraging him to follow his heart. That led to Los Angeles, where the music business allowed him steady work but never rewarded him with wealth and fame.

He started playing with a group of musicians with whom he remains friends. He played backup for Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley and opened for Mary Travers.

He also toured college campuses and cut two records before deciding to return to the family business.

"I was good but not great," MacDonell said.

It also was the era of punk, new wave and disco -- not for the James Taylor style of acoustic guitar and singing that MacDonell had preferred.

On his 30th birthday, he heard that his favorite songwriter, Steve Goodman, had died at age 37. He was shaken by the truth that life was passing by, and he wanted more.

"I said, 'I can't keep doing this,'" he recalled. "I called my dad and said, 'Banking doesn't look so bad after all.'"

His father advised him to return to school. He was accepted at Yale, where he received an MBA.

In 1987, he moved to central Ohio to join Bank One and stayed with the company for 15 years.

He was married, lived four years in Lima and returned to Worthington. In 2003, he joined CF Bank and was instrumental in building both the branch at Easton and the one at Highland and High streets in Worthington.

During those years, he also co-founded a music publishing company in Nashville and started a nonprofit company called Six Strings Concerts, which provides opportunities for rising singers/songwriters.

He left the banking business in 2010. With two children still left to put through college, he opened his consulting business.

Last summer, his old band buddies who still live in Los Angeles invited him out for a reunion. The five of them had not made music together since 1978.

"We sat on the back porch and played, and it was like magic," he said.

That is when he decided to make a new CD, which he recorded last February in Los Angeles. The concert is a way to introduce the recording and to reintroduce himself to old friends.

"Most people here in town know me as a businessperson," MacDonell said.

He is indeed, he said. Music always will be an avocation but one he hopes he never has to give up.

MacDonell lives in Worthington with his wife, Betsy, and children Lindsey, 17, and Alec, 15.

They were the inspiration for many of his songs and appear on the cover in a painting done by local artist Linda Langhorst.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased at the MAC box office or on the MAC website.