Pat Perry

Patrick Perry is an American business author, motivational and keynote speaker. Pat has authored two books: Re-Shape Re-Define Re-Imagine and the sequel Business Lessons Learned Along the Way. In addition to his books and podcasts, he has published over 500 business, HR, and leadership articles and is the business columnist for Community Leader magazine.

Pat Perry was born in Willowick, Ohio. He received a BSBA from the University of Dayton and an MBA from Bowling Green State University. He earned his SPHR certification from the Society for Human Resource Management and has served as an adjunct faculty member for Lakeland Community College, Cleveland State University, and Baldwin-Wallace University.

Pat Perry is known as an innovator in workplace best practices and is considered a regional thought leader on hiring and retaining top talent. He is the founder of the nationally acclaimed NorthCoast 99 program, an award that recognizes the best Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. Besides, Pat is the co-creator of ERChealth, a successful health insurance program for mid-size businesses in Ohio.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Pat continues to positively impact workplaces, leaders, and individuals relative to professional and personal success. He is the former Chairman and President of ERC. He is credited with leading ERC’s turnaround in 1998 and guiding the organization to national expansion, resulting in 20 straight years of sustained profitability and growth.

Pat Perry was named Northeast Ohio’s “Best Boss” by Inside Business magazine. During his career, his leadership style was characterized as non-traditional and unconventional. Perry is an outspoken workplace equality advocate and promotes prioritizing employees and their families over profits.

Prior to ERC, he held a variety of human resource and leadership positions with KPMG, University Hospitals/ Mednet, and Spherion/AIM Executive.

In November 2018, Pat was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame, and in 2021 and 2022 named to the Cleveland 500, recognizing the region’s most influential leaders.

Patrick Perry currently resides in Mentor, Ohio.

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