marjorie perry

Marjorie Perry, President and CEO of MZM Construction & Management Company, Inc., is an innovator, public speaker, writer and role model for women and minorities in business.  Using her extraordinary path to success and 26 years of business experience as inspiration, Perry motivates emerging entrepreneurs to develop and pursue their dreams.  Her success is the result of taking life's lemons and making lemonade. 

Trained as an educator with a B.A. from Kean College, Perry’s teaching path was diverted after being caught in a series of layoffs within the Newark Public School system.  In a fortuitous career move, she decided to try her luck in sales and marketing—a seemingly uncalculated shift. She went on to become highly successful with corporate giants 3M, Johnson & Johnson and United Airlines.  Ultimately, Perry cultivated her burgeoning vision for life as a self-made entrepreneur. Perry then launched a consulting company focused on helping entrepreneurs succeed in the marketplace. Resourceful and open to possibility, it wasn’t long before she partnered with two of her clients and launched MZM Construction & Management. 

Soon after, Perry bought her partners out and became the sole principal of MZM.  As president and CEO, she has sustained a multi-million dollar bottom-line for the past 19 years. Perry is now a coveted inspirational speaker and writer, motivating people with the message that, “You too can do it!” She has shared her message about overcoming adversity with hundreds of people via numerous outlets including the NJ Governor's Conference for Women, 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, Fox News, MSNBCand New Jersey Network’s television program NJ Caucus

She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including selection as the 2012 New Jersey State Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, recipient of the 2012 Garden State Woman – Woman Business Owner Award, induction into the 2012 New Jersey Business Hall of Fame and induction into New Jersey's premier business publication NJBIZ’s 2011 Business of Hall of Fame Best 50 Women in Business, and one of the Top 25 Entrepreneurs in New Jersey, as well as Own It Ventures Top 25 Women In Business. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie selected Perry to be a member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.  Perry was also recently chosen to participate in the Small Business Advisory Board program with UBS and The Clinton Foundation.

Perry received her MBA from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and completed Leadership for the 21st Century at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She continually reinforces her learnings via coursework at Rutgers - the State University of New Jersey, the Stevens Institute of Technology, New York University and NJIT.  For additional information on Marjorie Perry or MZM Construction, please visit www.mzmcc.com or follow Marjorie on Twitter @Marjorie_Perry.