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Perry is originally from the East Coast, and has lived in Steamboat since 2001. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School of Business) and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, in finance and marketing. As a life-long learner, he returned to college to finish accounting to become a licensed CPA, thanks to Franklin University and Pat Turner at CMC! Since becoming a CPA in 2009, he has taught accounting, economics and finance most recently as department head of business at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs.
Perry comes to CMC with 30 years of business experience, across a wide range of organizations. His most extensive corporate stint was 17 years with American Express in New York and Toronto. His last position there was head of global budgeting; other positions involved bond financing, foreign exchange, strategic planning, division head of financial management, and the treasurer role for the Canadian business. Perry has also worked for a wide range of other organizations including Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), the International Erosion Control Association, Western Slope Accounting Group, and Catamount Ranch and Club all in professional capacities. He was also owner/operator of a Steamboat-based building products business for five years.
Outside of business and teaching, Perry is married with an adult age daughter. His outside interests include wine tasting, biking, downhill skiing and gardening. He has been involved in Kiwanis, Chamber Associations, continuing education, and sustainability volunteer activities. Academically he keeps engaged through continuing professional education in accounting, and voracious reading. Current academic areas of interest are behavioral economics and the Great Recession. He said, “I will be totally focused on ensuring the academic success of the BSBA program at Alpine. It’s great to become part of such an exciting venture. I know our students will find CMC’s program to provide a personal, hands-on and very practical experience. That’s my commitment to them and contract with them.”
At CMC Perry focuses on accounting and finance, but is also involved in marketing, economics and human resources. He also works doing tax accounting part-time for a local public accounting firm.