Associate Professor Mathematics
I am working on a second book of poetry, which I plan to complete and publish. My first book, Bare Hands, was released in September of 2016 by Turning Point.
Cambor Fellowship, University of Houston
Louis B. Goodman Creative Writing Scholarship, Brooklyn College
Track and Field Scholarship, LaSalle College
Several artist-in-residence fellowships for creative writing
Over the past three years I have enjoyed teaching a variety of courses in the English department of CMC's Summit campuses. Additionally, I worked as a freelance writer under the business heading River Bridge Communications. From writing ad copy to text book companion Web sites to articles covering anything from the evolution of skiing to water wars in the West, I wrote my way around Summit County and the surrounding areas. I am currently revising a collection of essays about family, place, and the search for the good life set against the backdrop of northern Minnesota's lake country. Two chapters have been published in Hayden's Ferry Review and The Oakland Review.
Perry is originally from the East Coast, and has lived in Steamboat since 2001. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School of Business) and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, in finance and marketing. As a life-long learner, he returned to college to finish accounting to become a licensed CPA, thanks to Franklin University and Pat Turner at CMC! Since becoming a CPA in 2009, he has taught accounting, economics and finance most recently as department head of business at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs.
Perry comes to CMC with 30 years of business experience, across a wide range of organizations. His most extensive corporate stint was 17 years with American Express in New York and Toronto. His last position there was head of global budgeting; other positions involved bond financing, foreign exchange, strategic planning, division head of financial management, and the treasurer role for the Canadian business. Perry has also worked for a wide range of other organizations including Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), the International Erosion Control Association, Western Slope Accounting Group, and Catamount Ranch and Club all in professional capacities. He was also owner/operator of a Steamboat-based building products business for five years.
Outside of business and teaching, Perry is married with an adult age daughter. His outside interests include wine tasting, biking, downhill skiing and gardening. He has been involved in Kiwanis, Chamber Associations, continuing education, and sustainability volunteer activities. Academically he keeps engaged through continuing professional education in accounting, and voracious reading. Current academic areas of interest are behavioral economics and the Great Recession. He said, “I will be totally focused on ensuring the academic success of the BSBA program at Alpine. It’s great to become part of such an exciting venture. I know our students will find CMC’s program to provide a personal, hands-on and very practical experience. That’s my commitment to them and contract with them.”
At CMC Perry focuses on accounting and finance, but is also involved in marketing, economics and human resources. He also works doing tax accounting part-time for a local public accounting firm.
MBA & Bachelor of Marketing, Regis University, Denver. Associate of Applied Science, Ski and Snowboard Business & Associate of Science, Colorado Mountain College, Steamboat
After completing my degrees, I worked for various snowsport companies in areas such as marketing, product design, and sales. I am a passionate skier and have a Level 3 Avalanche certification which I use to help educate students on backcountry travel and safety as part of being the advisor to CMC Backcountry club.
The courses I teach focus on the marketing, manufacturing and media components of the action-sport industry. I have been involved in various marketing and product design projects for brands like Nordica, Helly Hansen, Spyder, Uvex, and more. I bring the knowledge from my previous professional career to the classroom and strive to create real-world situations for my students. The Ski and Snowboard Business (SKB) program, is the only program in the nation focusing on retail, marketing and manufacturing aspects of the action-sport industry.
Professor Adult Basic Education/Developmental Studies
M.A., Education, emphasis on English as a Second Language, Adams State College; H.D.E., English/General Science/Education, University of Cape Town, South Africa; B.A., English/Physical Education/Psychology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Politics and learning about other cultures. Exploring rivers by kayak or raft; backcountry and area skiing, and mountain biking.