Marjorie Perry, a member of the NJIT Board of Overseers and a Martin Tuchman School of Management alumna, has been appointed to the board of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, “a business advocacy organization that actively supports legislation, regulation and initiatives” for “economic growth, job creation and prosperity throughout the state.” Perry will bring her extensive business expertise as president and CEO of Newark-based MZM Construction and Management Company, Inc., to her role at the state organization. MZM is a full-service construction management and transportation company serving a range of clients; among its most notable projects are MetLife Stadium and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
During her two-year term with the chamber, Perry will be involved in transportation and economic-development initiatives. She has begun her appointment focused on such matters as imposing a gas tax to help fund the state’s depleted transportation account and raising the minimum wage.
“I have a ground-floor view to help make policies better at the top,” said Perry about what she brings to the chamber. And she knows all about building businesses. Before becoming the sole principal of MZM, which she helped launch, she founded a consulting company focused on helping budding entrepreneurs succeed in the marketplace.
Her rich background also includes teaching in the Newark public school system and working in sales and marketing at 3M, Johnson & Johnson and United Airlines. She received an “Influential Black Women in Business” award from The Network Journal in 2013 and an alumni achievement award from NJIT in 2011. She continues to share her insights and experiences with civic organizations and women’s groups.
Of her first chamber meeting, she remarked, “I thought it was very powerful. I was in awe of who was in the room. It was very humbling to be there.
“I’m not only representing MZM,” she added,” but also NJIT and all of the affiliates who have helped me get to where I am.”