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B.J. Perry cites effective time management as a key attribute
BJ Perry, 31Home: Manchester
Family: Wife, Carrie, who works for Mayor Ted Gatsas. Married in 2009. Son , Elliot, age 2.
High school: Manchester High School West – Class of 2001
College/post grad degrees: Attended Hofstra University
Current job: Director of operations at KRL Electronics, a family owned company. I am also the owner of Liberty Strategies and Development LLC, a New Hampshire-based consulting and fundraising firm. Clients include N.H. Republican senators, executive councilors, Mayor Gatsas, and organizations all over the country.
Key past positions held: NHGOP/Republican National Committee 2010 victory director under the chairmanship of Gov. John H. Sununu. During that time I organized operations for the seven out of eight special election victories and in the November elections we had one of the biggest victories in state history. Federal staff member for both Sens. Judd Gregg and John E. Sununu
Volunteer activities: CHaD FOC board president. Board member of the Jeff Roome Sports Foundation and organize the yearly Bernie Tourney Golf outing for this organization. David’s House supporter and organizer with wife of the Kentucky Derby Watch party. Founding member of the Bernard J. Perry Jr. Foundation which specializes in STEM. Proud yearly contributor to the March of Dimes.
Most admired person (outside your family): Andy Crews, president and CEO of AutoFair. Andy Crews and his family continue to find new ways to help the growing demand of community organizations. He is a go-to person for friendship and support in our community, and I hope to follow in his footsteps as someone who continues to embrace the need to support his fellow man.
Key current professional challenge: The balancing act of working in the my family business while growing my own. Thanks to a supportive family and a father who taught me my work ethic, the biggest challenge is not being able to create more hours in the day to achieve what you want to get done.
Last major achievement: Recently, I renegotiated a major contract for my family business. The firm I did business with had a member who worked closely with my late father. At the end of the meeting he said my persona and the way I try to do business reminded him of my dad. Becoming my dad is pretty amazing to me and is honestly my Tommy Boy moment.
At 31, he's already had a successful career as a political strategist. In 2011, he joined the family business as director of operations for KRL Electronics. Later that year, he started an political consulting firm, Liberty Strategies and Development.
In 2012, he and a partner launched Reach Communications, specializing in voter contact through automated phone calls.
He and his wife, Carrie, who works for Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, are raising a child who was born more than three months premature in 2011. How does he do it all?
"It's smart, effective time management," he said, "and knowing in the back of my head that there's someone, somewhere, doing way more work than me."
Born and raised in Manchester, Perry is the third generation of ownership at KRL, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Bernard J. Perry Sr., and father, Bernard J. Perry Jr.
But the West High graduate didn't go straight into the family business after attending Hofstra University. Instead he worked in politics from 2002 to 2011 as a staff member for U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg and Sen. John E. Sununu. In 2010, he served as a field director for the Republican National Committee in New Hampshire.
"That was such a great year," he said. "We won just about every election. I had the opportunity to try programs I've always wanted to try, and they were successful. So in my mind, it was like, 'What's next?' I decided it was time to join the family business."
Perry volunteers for a long list of charities and nonprofits, but is most passionate about the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), where his son was born. "That hospital is the reason I'm a dad," he said. "And the people from the business and political world are probably the reason my wife and I got through this, because they had our backs all the way through."
As board president of Friends of CHaD South, Perry is doing his part to pay it forward. "Everything in my life has been about emotion and personal connections," he said.
He said he admires Andy Crews, president and CEO of AutoFair. He said Crews and his family continue to find new ways to help the growing demand of community organizations. "He is a go-to person for friendship and support in our community, and I hope to follow in his footsteps as someone who continues to embrace the need to support his fellow man," Perry said.
Perry considers his key current professional challenge as "the balancing act of working in my family business while growing my own. Thanks to a supportive family and a father who taught me my work ethic, the biggest challenge is not being able to create more hours in the day to achieve what you want to get done."
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