B.J. Perry cites effective time management as a key attribute
MANCHESTER — B.J. Perry is a living example of the old adage, "If you want something done, ask a busy person."
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."