A.W. Perry Appoints Susan Perry O’Day President

A.W. Perry, a relationship-driven real estate investment and services firm with offices in Boston and Hingham, MA is pleased to announce that Susan Perry O’Day has been appointed President of the Company.  O’Day becomes the 10th president of this privately held real estate firm established in 1884 by Alonzo W. Perry and follows in the footsteps of the late Rich Beal.  In this role she will oversee the overall strategic direction and operations of the Company.

A great-great granddaughter of our founder, O’Day has served on the Company’s Board of Directors for more than 20 years.  Her grandfather Arthur Wilcox and uncle Thomas Teuten also served as Presidents of the Company. Over her thirty-five year career, she also served in management positions with Bristol Myers Squibb and CSX and most recently retired as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of The Walt Disney Company and she is excited to be relocating back to the Boston area. O’Day proudly serves on the Executive Board of Directors of Special Olympics 2022 USA Games and Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, MA.

“The loss of Rich Beal has been difficult for all. He was a strong business and community leader and a wonderful person.  I am honored to follow in his footsteps as well as those of my family members before him. I am looking forward to continuing to serve our tenants and customers as well as partner with the local leaders to deliver developments which enhance the communities where we do business,” said O’Day. 

A.W. Perry Honors and Remembers Our President Rich Beal

A.W. Perry is mourning the loss of our friend and President, Richard Beal.
Rich passed away suddenly on Monday, September 21, and we are heartbroken by the untimely passing of our beloved colleague. Rich was first and foremost a dedicated father and husband, and he was also an exceptional leader to our A.W. Perry team and in the Greater Boston real estate and business community.

After a twenty-year career coaching college sports, Rich joined A.W. Perry in 2004. He immersed himself in and contributed to the success of all aspects of the Company’s business including real estate investment, residential and commercial development and property management. In 2011, he founded and became President of Perry Brokerage/Perry CRE, a full-service commercial brokerage operation providing leasing, sales and acquisition services in the Greater Boston area. Recognizing his achievements, in March 2017, our Board elected him President and Chief Executive Officer. A great-great grandson of our founder, he was the fifth generation of Perry family stewardship of our Company. He followed in the path of eight distinct Perry family leaders including his father, S. Maxwell Beal, Jr. He was proud to carry on the legacy and traditions of our firm.

Since assuming the CEO position, he has been an inspirational mentor to a growing and enthusiastic A.W. Perry team focused on his vision of growing our Company and practicing excellence in serving our tenants and clients.

Speaking for the Perry Team, Senior Vice President, Kerri Gallaway stated “Rich truly had a vision for the next chapter of A.W. Perry, and he inspired us to believe in it and own it. Under his leadership we began a successful trajectory of growth in our portfolio and all aspects of our business. His inspiration remains with us, and our team is committed to continue the Company’s long history of building and fostering relationships and working to achieve the goals he established.”

Throughout his career, Rich has been an industry leader, serving as Chairman of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, President of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA-Boston) and Chairman of the South Shore Economic Development Corporation. He also served on the boards of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District, Historic Boston Incorporated, and was an Incorporator of South Shore Bank.

Please join us as we keep Rich’s family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Visiting hours will be at the Pine Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald Street, Hingham on Sunday September 27 from 2-6 PM. (Masks and social distancing are required). A funeral service will be held at the Hingham Congregational Church and, due to COVID restrictions, limited to family and close friends by invitation on Monday September 28 at 11 AM. Richard Beal Obituary Boston Globe