Tim grew up on Chicago’s north-side, on a dead-end street immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the “city of broad shoulders”.
The oldest of three kids, Tim Perek would find his life and his career shaped by those early days. Remarkable days riding a CTA bus to St. Ed’s School and munching on a Chicago-style” Vienna hot dogs “dragged through the garden”. An ideal place to observe, and study, and relish the remarkable lives and interests of the people around him. Like Mr. Rodgers would sing, it was always a “beautiful day in the neighborhood”.
Tim’s business schooling began at age 8, listening to Ed Perek, his dad, share the latest business intrigue of that day. He was guaranteed a steady stream of priceless customer stories as the two walked to the gas station after dinner to buy a gallon milk and a pack of Viceroy cigarettes.
A business degree at DePaul University would galvanize those early lessons, bringing context to his father’s story telling. All this crafted a perfect alchemy of theory and practice that Tim continues to employ as Customer Experience Leader for Schneider Electric.
One of the world’s biggest firms that no one has heard of, Schneider Electric is the global leader in sustainable energy management and industrial automation. Their deep expertise in energy management, automation, software and services allows them to integrate and connect operational technologies in ways not possible just a few years ago.
Tim lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois with his wife Sue. When he’s not talking to or talking about customers, Tim can be found playing jazz on any piano he can find, even airports, hotel conference rooms or in his basement studio.