The recipient of Century 21's prestigious President's Award and the Pinnacle Award for quality and service, in 2011 she was number one in gross commission sales in the United States, focusing on luxury property in Tampa Bay, Florida.
In 2012 she was number one -- in the world.
Amazingly, she's gained these accolades since 2006, the year she began in real estate. The nadir of the real estate market.
Perry, who received a masters degree in electrical engineering at age twenty, was at the time rising through the ranks of GE and TECO but thought she'd like to try her hand at real estate.
"I was in a corporate environment looking to sell one or two houses a year," she says with a laugh. "Everyone told me how bad it is. I just covered my ears!"
How did she come so far so fast? "It was nothing magic, just hard work and dedication. I knocked on doors," she says.
Her reputation grew quickly, "How many agents have master's degrees and formalized leadership and sales training?" she asks. "The skill sets I give to a buyer or seller are unique -- when they interact with me they tell their friends."
That corporate background proved invaluable. "More than ever, people need accurate data to make decisions," she says. Particularly with luxury homes, where the assets are big, the properties complicated to sell, and value can't be explained without a keen understanding of the market. "Nobody else does that."
She does it "with passion," she says, "and relentless dedication. I wake at 6 a.m. and go to bed at 2 a.m. after doing a market analysis, no matter what. I couldn't do that if I wasn't passionate."
Perry lives at the beach, in Treasure Island, with her husband, four kids and a Chihuahua.
Does she have a hobby, we ask?
"Yes, she replies. "Real Estate!"
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