NCC Young Executives Kick-Off the Executive Speaker Series

Posted on Jan 22, 2011

Jan 22, 2011

Executive Speaker Series
Tuesday, February 8th
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
$18 (inclusive)

For our first Executive Speaker Series of 2011, sponsored by the NCC Young Executives, member Lowell Perry will share information about Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Join us to learn more about the organization and its impact of the community during lunch, which will be followed by a Q&A session.
Investing in Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children to overcome adversity and better position themselves to reach their full potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a volunteer and donor driven organization that matches children in need with a positive adult role model. Revenue generated by this event is used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety, and provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. In essence, the positive outcomes as a result of these relationships and the impact they have in the community is your return on your investment.

Lowell Perry Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. The agency set records of 2541 children served and revenue in the amount of $2.6 million in 2009. The Middle Tennessee agency was selected as a Top 5 benchmark Mentoring Children of Prisoners agency out of over 400 nationwide in overall performance. Perry, a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America CEO of the Year winner in 2007 and Marvin Runyon Award winner in Nashville, was also chosen as a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Nationwide Leadership Council and co-chairs a national African-American Community Engagement Roundtable for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The agency was named a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Gold Standard award winner.

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.

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