Executive Speaker Series
Tuesday, February 8th
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Perry is an experienced business development and marketing executive with an extensive broad-based background including joint ventures, strategic alliances, start-ups, automotive, turnarounds, professional sports management, training & facilitation, and performance management, with special expertise in minority business development as a viable growth strategy.
Some career highlights include leading a start-up automotive manufacturer from concept to $30 million in three years, developing and implementing marketing strategies for a worldwide consumer products company, introducing a new paradigm in minority business development focusing on the “end-game”, that saves jobs and leads to sustainable growth of disadvantaged businesses, and the creation and implementation of a successful statewide drug education prevention program targeting kids K-6.
A Yale graduate and polished communicator with extensive professional on-camera, radio, and live presenting experience, Perry has been featured in numerous sales and marketing training films and many commercials. He has also appeared in a number of feature films, including Déjà vu, starring Denzel Washington and Nothing But the Truth, featuring Kate Beckinsale.
His public speaking career began in earnest during his tenure as a front office executive with the Seattle Seahawks pro football team, where he negotiated free agent contracts, handled team travel, and served as the team’s primary community liaison. Popular keynote topics have included: “Time To Take Action”, “Success to Significance”, “Time, Talent, Treasure,” “Prevention versus Incarceration,” and “No Excuses?”
Perry’s hero and mentor is his father Lowell Sr., who served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, and as a player and coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, before embarking on a career that led to stints as the first African-American plant manager of a major US manufacturing company, Chairman of the United States EEOC under President Gerald Ford, and two State of Michigan cabinet level positions, Director of Labor and Director of Urban Programs under Governor John Engler.
Lowell Perry Jr. is an avid golfer and registered yoga instructor who enjoys acting, gourmet cooking, and spending time with his lovely wife Kathleen and their three beautiful children Trey, Tucker Nichol (Miss Tennessee USA 2010), and Trenton. He also is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corp, and is a member of the Leadership Nashville Class of 2009.