Consultancy, North America
When a chance encounter saw Channon Perry leave Florida for the UK she had no idea that she would one day return to expand Mace’s service offering to the West Coast of America. Having had the best start to her career through the graduate programme, and now with a roll call of Fortune 500 clients, Channon has taken learning from across the globe to offer unique added value as a project manager in retail and commercial fit out.
- How did you get into construction project management?
I was always really interested in architecture so I did an undergraduate degree in it at the University of Florida and in my junior year started taking construction management classes. I knew straight away that I’d found my niche and went on to do a Masters in Construction Management and Historic Preservation.
- How did you come to join Mace?
- After school I completed a few internships in the south east and was poised to take a role in Atlanta when I met someone who worked at Mace and they suggested that I look into the graduate programme. I applied, got accepted and before I knew it I was on a plane to the UK where I spent 11 months developing my skills in construction and change management, learning from the leaders of the business and networking with colleagues from across the globe.
- Where are you based now?
In 2016 I moved back to the US. Initially I had assumed that I would take up a role in Atlanta, Chicago or New York but a fantastic opportunity came up for me to help set up an office on the West Coast so I moved to LA and have grown the business from there.
My first project was to assist in the delivery of the fit out of a high-end jewellery store on Rodeo Drive. Since then, I’ve gone on to deliver projects for them in Vancouver and Hawaii, as well as retail fit outs and commercial builds for other household names up and down the West Coast and, in particular, Silicon Valley.
- What do you hope to be doing in the next 5-10 years?
Ultimately I’d like to get to a place where I’m leading the corporate interiors sector for the West Coast but you never know what opportunities are around the corner at Mace. I never thought LA would be a possibility until it seemingly popped up out of nowhere.
At Mace, if you want to get thrown in at the deep end no one will object. If you’re ambitious the business will support you to stretch yourself and there’s always a nearby life jacket for support.
- What does the future of property consultancy look like?
There’s a growing focus on workplace strategy and transformation, as well as future proofing design to transition with the business. The appetite to follow in the footsteps of the tech giants and for the tech giants to continue to lead the way in workplace design isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. To attract and retain the best, you really have to understand what people want and how buildings can support them to thrive.
Change management is also growing as a project or programme management service - advising on how buildings affect businesses and their people, as well as driving cost and schedule.
- What do you do outside of work?
At weekends I spend every waking moment outdoors. We’re lucky here with the weather and I live 15 minutes from Venice Beach so there’s always plenty going on and new places to explore.
“To attract and retain the best, you really have to understand what people want and how buildings can support them to thrive.”