Marjorie Perry is the president and CEO of MZM Construction & Management Company, Inc. She is also an innovator, public speaker, writer and role model for women and minorities in business.
Perry’s own success meant taking life’s lemons and making lemonade. Trained as an educator with a B.A. from Kean College, Perry’s path in teaching was diverted after she was caught in a series of layoffs with the Newark Public School system. In a fortuitous career move, she decided to try her luck in sales and marketing—an uncalculated fit. She went on to work for corporate giants 3M, Johnson & Johnson and United Airlines, ultimately cultivating a burgeoning vision for a life as a self-made entrepreneur.
Perry ensuingly launched a consulting company focused on helping entrepreneurs succeed in the marketplace. Resourceful and open to possibility, it wasn’t long before she was asked to be a partner at one of her client’s company—MZM Construction & Management. Soon after, she became sole principal of the company, which has sustained a multi-million dollar bottom-line for the past nineteen years.
Perry is now a coveted inspirational speaker and writer, motivating people with the message that, “You, too, can do it!” She has spoken at the NJ Governor’s Conference for Women, at the much-heralded Sobel & Co. Executive Women Breakfast Series, the Women’s Fund of NJ, the National Association of Women Business Owners North Jersey/Central Jersey Chapter, and on NJN’s NJ Caucus.
She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being listed in New Jersey’s premier business publication, NJBIZ, as one of NJ’s Best 50 Women in Business, and as one of the Top 25 Entrepreneurs in New Jersey. NJ Governor Chris Christie selected Perry to be a member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. More recently, she was announced as the SBA’s 2012 New Jersey Small Business Person of the Year.
Perry excelled in additional coursework at Rutgers, Stevens, NYU and NJIT. She received her MBA from NJIT and completed Leadership for the 21st Century at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.