Name: Bryan Perez
New title: Executive vice president of strategy and business development, Clear Channel Entertainment
Previous job: Executive vice president of marketing and communications, Dallas Stars
First job: Investment banker
Education: Bachelor of business administration, finance, University of Texas (1990); law degree and MBA, Stanford (1996)
Grew up: Houston
Executive most admired: Steve Jobs, Apple Computer
Brand most admired: NASCAR
Favorite vacation spot: Fiji
Last books read: “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck and “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas
Last movie seen: “The Incredibles”
The Grateful Dead were the inspiration for Bryan Perez to go back to school. Because Perez enjoyed attending shows, he decided investment banking wasn’t his cup of tea, and went back to school to do something he knew he had a passion for: promoting concerts.
Perez recently took his new position at Clear Channel Entertainment, where he leads all acquisitions and is charged with developing and executing long-term strategy and looking for new business opportunities.
What is the biggest challenge in your new position?
Managing the communication in such a large organization is very different because we have operations all over the world. It’s challenging to make sure everyone stays informed and has input in business decisions. It’s really important to present a unified face, which requires a bit of diplomacy, both internally and externally, to assure that everyone is on board.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Making a decision at an early age that I wanted to get into this business and sticking to that plan in light of other opportunities.
What is your biggest professional accomplishment?
Taking the opportunity to get real operational experience with the Dallas Stars and to learn how to manage and motivate people. It was a great experience. It was a completely different experience to go from being transactional focused to being responsible for managing people.
What is your biggest professional disappointment?
While working at Southwest Sports Group, I would have liked the opportunity to have seen how building our own regional sports network would unfold. We came so close. I’m proud of the deal we negotiated with Fox, and they are great partners, but it would have been a really unique opportunity to start a TV channel.
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