When you work with Gary, you get the benefit of 40+ years of leadership in public accounting.
It’s true, in addition to supporting the strategic direction of the firm and being recognized as a national leader within the accounting industry, our Chairman continues to provide auditing, accounting and consulting services directly to clients today. His personal and entrepreneurial approach has helped make Perkins & Co a strategic advisor to all of our clients.
A founding shareholder (1986), Gary was Director of Assurance for 19 years before stepping up as President in 2005, then transitioning to Chairman of the Board in 2017. He has served a wide variety of closely held, privately owned businesses, from single-owner, to multi-generational family owned companies to multi-national manufacturing giants. After all these years, Gary is still passionate about advising business owners on strategic next steps, transition and succession planning and guiding businesses along the Business Lifecycle.
Another driving passion for Gary is promoting and helping to drive our region’s growth and strength. Gary is heavily involved in the business community, serving on boards focused on boosting our local economy, attracting new business to the area and planning for long-term improvement and success. He brings the keen objective eye of an accountant, with the astute instinct he’s gained from decades of building a successful business and helping our clients do the same.
To keep it all in balance, Gary enjoys cooking, wine collecting, international travel with his wife Sue, fly fishing, and working in the garden, plus he plays a mean game of golf—single-digit handicap! Gary and Sue also have two adult children. What do we learn from Gary? Do what you love and give it your all.
Professional and Civic Affiliations
- Portland Business Alliance
Directorate (2009 – Present)
- Oregon Business Association
Treasurer, Directorate (2006 – Present)
- Portland Golf Club
Board Member (2016 – Present)
- Arlington Club
Directorate (2009 – 2012)
- University of Oregon, Lundquist College of Bus.
- Oregon Health & Science University Foundation
Board of Trustees / Treasurer
- Greater Portland, Inc.
- Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission
Commissioner (2006 – 2009) Treasurer (2008 – 2009)
- Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts Board
Vice-Chair (2006 – 2007)
- Quality Review
- Oregon College of Art & Craft
Chairman (2003 – 2004) Board of Trustees (1996 – 2005)
- Oregon Society of CPAs
Former Secretary and Board of Directors
- Accounting and Auditing Standards Committee
- Quality Review Committee
- Oregon AICPA Discussion Leader of the Year
- American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
- AICPA Board of Directors
- G400 Practice
Advisory Group Chairman (2008 – 2012)
- Professional Liability Insurance Committee
(2002 – 2005)
- Quality Review Executive Committee
(1989 – 1992)
- National Accounting and Auditing Advanced Technical Symposium Steering Committee
(1993 – 1996)