Perry serves as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer, which consists of oversight of the firm’s finances, including ancillary businesses, and responsibility for all office facilities. Perry started his professional career in public accounting over 30 years ago with the Columbus office of the accounting firm Ernst & Young. He then left public accounting to work for First Community Village, the nation’s first continuing care retirement community, as its controller and then its CFO. Prior to joining Graydon, Perry moved to Cincinnati with his family and re-entered public accounting as an Audit Manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers and then transitioned to the administrative side of the firm becoming a Portfolio Manager.
Over the years Perry has served on various boards including Gladden Community House, Ohio State Men’s Ice Hockey Booster Association, Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Anderson High School Athletic Booster Association, Anderson High School Football Alumni Association, and the Greater Cincinnati Tall Stacks Festival. His son Chandler is a CNC Programmer in Cincinnati, and his daughter Johanna is a dental hygienist in Columbus. Perry enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys being a foodie, making barbecue, visiting breweries and wineries, and traveling.
The Ohio State University, Fischer College of Business, Summa Cum Laude, BSBA, Honors Accounting
Treasurer, Greater Cincinnati Tall Stacks Festival
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member, Ohio Society of CPAs
President-Elect, Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators
Outside The Office
“It was an opportunity to grill these guys, and Dad would really spar with them. Once when the first Bush was vice president, Dad was pressing him on some foreign policy issue. It got to where the guys with the earpieces were looking at him really hard. Mom was getting nervous. Dad wouldn’t let go. He wouldn’t accept the rehearsed response. He grew up on the south side of Youngstown, the tough part.”
That’s where Ohio comes into it. In junior high, when Perry was beginning to think ahead, he was watching a football game on TV with his dad. For reasons he can’t explain, he was drawn to the team in scarlet and gray. Not long after that, he says, he went to the library and did some research on colleges, particularly Ohio State.
“The more I learned, the more I realized I wanted to be in a state that produced great people – like Harvey Firestone, John Glenn, Woody Hayes, Neil Armstrong. All Ohioans. Then you think about the steel mills in Youngstown, the glass industry in Toledo, the ironworks in Cleveland, the fact Cincinnati was at one point the fourth largest city in the U.S. Then you have all the presidents who came from Ohio … ”
The day his dad dropped him off at OSU, Perry didn’t look back. The moment he stepped into his dorm room on the 10th floor of Smith Hall, he considered himself a Buckeye. “There was no teary goodbye or scary feeling about being someplace new. In my mind, I wondered why. And I heard these words: ‘Because you’re home.’”
He will tell you he works for a prestigious firm, one that helps him be more than just a resident in his community. As evidence of that, he’s treasurer of the Anderson High School Football Alumni Association.
Through the years, Ohio has not lost its allure. His son Chandler is a CNC Programmer in Cincinnati, and his daughter Johanna is a dental hygienist in Columbus. He’s a home brewer – by all accounts, quite an accomplished one. His favorite recipe is a pale ale he calls JMO Ale. It’s named after his great-great-grandfather, John Meredith Owen, who came to America in 1851 and settled in Youngstown, of all places.