Collector - August 2017 - 16
The Personal Side of Perr
WHAT OTHER CAREERS DID
YOU CONSIDER BEFORE YOU
LANDED IN LAW?
After I graduated from college, I toyed
with either doing political consulting
or joining the U.S. Department of State
as a foreign service officer. I actually
bought a prep book and started
studying for the Foreign Service
WHAT'S SOMETHING MOST
PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW
My wife and I were on one of the first
reality TV shows. Our wedding was
on TLC's "A Wedding Story" in 1997.
It was fun, and we were recognized
across the country for years after it
aired. We've shown the video to our
kids (and, thankfully, the episode is
not available on YouTube).
HOW WOULD YOU
I'm definitely a Type A personality. I
value loyalty and honesty, and I believe
in walking the walk as well as talking
the talk. I like to believe that what you
see is what you get. I'm extremely
level-headed and even-tempered.
WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS
OUTSIDE OF THE OFFICE?
Spending time with family is number
one. After that, golf is my biggest
hobby-this time of year people are
surprised to see me in the office. We
love to travel, and we're also passionate
about supporting animal rescue
groups. I also enjoy wearing rather
flashy colors on the golf course.
Photo: Lisa Mongulla Photography
Perr with his wife Cindy and their children Lindsay and Connor.
ACA treasurer. As Perr's presidential term
kicked off last month, he downplayed his
starring role in the association.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity
to achieve our goals," Perr said. "And I say
'our' because it's not a one-person show
by any stretch of the imagination. This is a
group effort. It takes a board, staff members,
the membership, the Council of Delegates
and our state and regional units all working
together to effectuate change."
And the changes-as well as the
opportunities-on the horizon for our
industry look pretty big. Perr wants to
see ACA take advantage of the political
climate we have been given and make some
headway on critical industry issues in the
coming months, like the TCPA, building
relationships with members of Congress
and issues related to the CFPB and industry
regulation. And he is keenly aware that time
is of the essence.
"We really think that there is a short
window of opportunity for us, because
once 2018 rolls around you're in the next
presidential cycle and it will be difficult to
deal with legislators because they will be
preoccupied with what happens next," he
said. "So we really view this as a special
opportunity of which to take advantage.
ACA's board members are committed to
working 110 percent to accomplish our
goals in the next year. We understand
the great responsibility we've been given
and fully intend to participate above and
beyond simply attending meetings. We are
an active board, and we are going to use the
board's talents and the capabilities to their
Perr said that as president, he is also
committed to addressing the ACA
membership's needs and concerns.
"We want to get more people involved
in all aspects of the association, and ensure
that ACA offers products which its members
want and need," he said. "I read a great quote
once referencing employees which said,
'Train people well enough so they can leave,
treat them well enough so they don't want
to.' That's my goal for ACA; to create the best
association we can. Let's give everybody what
they need to succeed and an environment
they'll want to stay in."
Anne Rosso May is editor of Collector