Collector - August 2017 - 15
(Perr's wife Cindy is the associate general
counsel at Lourdes Health System in
Camden, N.J.), Perr laughed, "My wife
and I try to convince them to do anything
but law. Maybe it's being around these
great business people in our industry, but
I always tell my kids they should be going
into business for themselves."
Today, as co-owner of Fineman, Krekstein
and Harris, P.C., Perr is focused on
developing his business and helping to build
a productive but family-friendly workplace.
"I want to ensure the people we employ
know they are coming to a place where their
work and personal lives are valued," he said.
"We instill a culture where we acknowledge
that yes, you have to work to pay the bills but
work should not be the central meaning of
your life. We don't embrace a culture with
such a singular focus-that doesn't make for
a good long-term employee."
opened a lot of doors that maybe wouldn't
have been opened. And it all stemmed
from me hitting a golf ball into his group
while they were waiting to hit! To me,
that experience says a lot about ACA and
its people. Just by getting out there and
attending events, you'd be surprised what
doors will open. Being around people in our
industry and in our association can lead to
some pretty significant opportunities."
Perr went on to chair the Members'
Attorney Program (MAP), Federal Affairs
and Regulatory Committees, earning the
MAP Designation Award in 2013, and over
the years he has also volunteered his time
to the Audit and Education Committees.
Continuous education is also important to
Perr, prompting him to earn ACA's Fellow
and Scholar designations.
Perr was elected to ACA's Board of
Directors in 2012 and served as 2013/14
"One of the reasons I
look forward to [Perr's]
term as president is his
of the law and his
to detail at a time when
both these qualities
matter a lot."
NO MAN IS AN ISLAND
Perr joined ACA almost 20 years ago,
and like many association leaders first
became active at the local level, which at
the time was the Pennsylvania Collectors
Association (now part of the MidAtlantic Collectors Association, which
serves members in Delaware, Maryland,
Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia).
"When you are just starting to get
involved in the association, the state unit
feels much more approachable," Perr noted.
"It's easy to do in terms of time and money.
It's right in your backyard and the people
The "local level" is still a big draw for Perr;
he's served for years as the state compliance
chair for both New Jersey and Pennsylvania
and continues to participate on the MidAtlantic Collectors Association board.
But Perr credits 2007/08 ACA President
Chris Wunder with getting him more
involved with ACA after the two met at an
association event in Florida.
"I went golfing one day and ended up
playing behind Chris' group," Perr recalled.
"I met and spoke with him after the round
was over and we hit it off. Chris made an
effort to get me more involved in ACA and
At ACA International's 2017 Leadership Symposium, Perr discussed how the musical "Hamilton" reveals important leadership lessons.