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|Local pro golfer forever a family man|
Before Todd Perry ever picked up a golf club, he was selling petroleum equipment with his dad at Perry & Son's, Inc.
Today, Perry is better known for selling people on the idea of doing what he loves to do: play golf.
He is still the family guy and a successful business person just as he has always been.
He married Stephanie Perry in 2006 and they have two children.
Grant, 19 months, and the couple welcomed Reed into the family on June 2.
Perry's 19-year-old daughter, Lauren, attends ULM. She is majoring in marketing.
"Grant is a hitting fool on the course," Perry said with a smile. "He loves to be out on the course with me and that is just real special for me to be able to do that with him."
Perry now owns PPM Consultants which employs 130 people across seven U.S. offices. It is a title that has never kept him from hitting the links for very long at one time.
Perry began to play golf for the first time in 1992. Since then he has become a pro at the game and a co-owner of Calvert Crossing and Pine Hills Golf Courses in Calhoun.
The Monroe native graduated from the now defunct Monroe Christian School in 1988 and was a ULM grad in 1992 with a bachelor degree in geology.
"Dave Dubuy at Calvert Crossing became my golf coach," Perry said. "I owe a lot of what I learned to him. He was fantastic. He got me started and I have played in some amazing national tournaments."
Perry claims to be awe struck with the beauty of Pebble Beach Golf Course in South Carolina but admitted the best tradition of a course he has ever played upon was Pinehurst a few years ago.
After a six-year passion with the game of golf, Perry became a partner at Calvert Crossing Country Club to begin the millennium.
"I became a partner at Calvert Crossing back in 2000," recalled Perry. "I had never picked up a club until 1999. I just absolutely fell in love with the game and have done it ever since."
Perry was one of the driving forces behind the merger of Pine Hills and Calvert Crossing back in 2008. The 36-hole facility is the only one of its kind in northeast Louisiana.
"We are proud of the place," Perry said. "Membership has gone up recently. It is just a great place to play golf, relax, and have fun. I have seen excellent growth there recently and that is real exciting for me."
The Crossing Invitational was a big part of what Perry wanted to do at Calvert Crossing. The local tournament has grown each year during Memorial Day weekend.
Well over 100 participants were in the tournament this year, one of the largest turnouts ever for the annual event.
Through the years, Perry has grown memberships, owned a top-of-the-line consulting firm, and sold petroleum equipment.
Golf was never a constant throughout his life even though it is a large part of it today. He has, however, always been a family man.