Two Important Things Happened in 1977
F.H. Perry Builder was created.
The company’s future owner, Allison Perry Iantosca, turned five years old. And for the next 20 years or so, both grew and flourished without minding much about the business of the other. Of course, Finley H. Perry, founder of both the company and the child, was quite busy and very much behind the ensuing success of each.
Finley, after graduating from Stanford University, returned home to Boston to begin his professional career working for then-Governor Francis Sargent. For Finley, politics proved fascinating but static, and he began to seek more concrete representations of his efforts. He built a house with a friend, got referred to build another house for another friend, and soon had gathered enough referrals to create a thriving little business.
The recession of the eighties proved helpful as it prompted Finley to reevaluate the business and his role as founder. He decided that he was a better businessman than carpenter and that his preferred company culture was more businesslike than ad hoc. And so he, along with a handful of like-minded individuals, turned the company into the project management firm it is today.