Thomas C. PerryChairman, President & CEO, 1982-2000
Thomas C. Perry is the third generation of the Perrys family to lead the organization started by his grandfather, H. Morton Perry. As president/CEO, Tom led the development of long-term business strategies and goals for Perry’s as well as oversaw all aspects of the organization. Tom notably planned and led the move of Perry’s corporate headquarters to Ice Cream Plaza in 1982, which allowed Perry’s to expand and grow their manufacturing capabilities and customer base. As chairman, Tom is responsible for managing the board of directors and also acts as a consultant/advisor to the organization.
Tom holds a B.S. from Michigan State University in Food Science with a focus in Dairy Business as well as an honorary doctorate from Buffalo State College.
Tom served our local community by volunteering his time for The Akron Lions Club, Bank of Akron Board, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Akron, serving as Treasurer of the Akron Masonic Lodge, Village of Akron Mayor and Village of Akron Board Trustee. Currently, Tom serves on the Board of Directors for Ford Gum in Akron. He also served the ice cream industry as the International Ice Cream Association’s (IICA) Treasurer (1989-1991).
Tom was the recipient numerous awards such as The Abraham Lincoln Leadership Award (2004), Akron Citizen of the Year (2002), Ernst & Young, “Entrepreneur of the Year” Finalist (1999), International Ice Cream Association, “Soaring Eagle: Above & Beyond Call of Duty” Award (1999), MDA, “Humanitarian of the Year” (2003), The President’s Award and The Virginia Dare Award (1963).
Tom and his wife, Marilyn divide their time between Akron, NY and Sarasota, FL. Together they have three children: Brian, Gayle, and Marcia, and eight grand-children: Jenna, Leah, Paige, Clair, Lindsay, Lauren, Noah and Rachel. Brian, Gayle, and their son-in-law, Robert, are proudly leading the fourth-generation Perry’s Ice Cream.