Jill Perry comes from a family of strong, independent women and was encouraged from a very young age to work hard to achieve her dreams. She and her three siblings were raised by their mother (and grandmother) to follow their passions and make education a top priority. Jill pursued her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and worked for a number of mental health agencies before opening her own practice as a Mental Health Therapist. It was a career she loved and had no plans to leave until it became clear that her help was needed at her husband’s family business.
In July of 2015 Jill took a leave of absence from her private practice to help resolve some issues at Perry Harley-Davidson. She had every intention of returning to her therapy work once she was done, but it soon became obvious that her help was needed on a more permanent basis. Accordingly, Jill closed her practice and stepped into the role of General Manager. It’s a decision for which she has no regrets.
Jill relishes the daily challenges involved in running the business and enjoys working with Perry Harley-Davidson’s incredible employees. She knows full well that the success of the dealership is due to the staff’s diligence, passion and commitment to excellent customer service.
Jill is also grateful to work for a family-owned business that is fully committed to its community. Perry Harley-Davidson created the Perry Community Foundation in order to better serve the people of the Kalamazoo area. Jill is proud of the fact that they were able to give over $7,000 to worthy organizations and causes, including the ASPCA, the American Cancer Society, Talons Out Veterans Memorial Flight and Bronson’s Children’s Hospital.
During her free time, Jill loves to spend time with her husband, three children and three grandchildren. Weather-permitting, you’ll usually find her in the indoor/outdoor oasis she’s created in her backyard. Whether she’s cooling off in the pool or whipping up something delicious to share with others, Jill loves to be surrounded by those dearest to her.
FAVORITE GULITY PLEASURES:
A little bit of pampering followed by cooking and eating a delicious meal. Then I’d indulge in a decadent chocolate dessert…not to be shared!
WOMAN WHO INSPIRES YOU:
My mother. She was a passionate businesswoman with a smart head on her shoulders and a great sense of humor. She always told me, “There are no such words as ‘I can’t’: You can do anything if you put your mind, spirit and brain to work.”
WORDS TO LIVE BY?
Women are strong, incredible creatures who can accomplish anything and learn to balance so much. Know when to ask for help, take a needed break and BREATHE.
Erica Shier is a married mother of four who loves reading, scrapbooking & thrift stores. When she’s not driving her small pack of children around, she spends her time volunteering, writing & trying to keep on top of the laundry.