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Berkeley College alumnus Luis Max Perez

Graduate from Ecuador Succeeds in Technology Management Career

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Berkeley College alumnus Luis Max Perez

 

Luis Max Perez was 14 years old when he and his 13-year-old brother left Ecuador to join their family in Union City, NJ. While adjusting to a new language and neighborhood was challenging, Mr. Perez’s parents encouraged him to seize every opportunity the United States had to offer for a better future. “My parents didn’t say you have to go to college to be successful, but they told my siblings and me that we could succeed at whatever we wanted to do as long as we put our minds to it,” Mr. Perez said.

Currently a resident of Livingston, NJ, Mr. Perez graduated from Berkeley College in 2004 with an A.A.S. and a B.S. in Business Administration – Management. He also earned an Executive Master’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2006, and a Certificate in Strategic Project Management from Villanova University in 2008.

Currently, Mr. Perez oversees his own technology management company, M&P – Consortium Consulting Services LLC. “My experiences allowed me to concentrate on building a successful technology management career,” Mr. Perez said. He also teaches Management and Marketing courses at Passaic County Community College. He previously served as President of the Berkeley College Alumni Association, as well as Director of the New Jersey Chapter of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association, dedicated to providing Latinos with technology tutoring.

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Up Close with Luis Max Perez

What does success mean to you?

Success to me is being able to control my own future.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

My desire to be the first individual in my family to earn a college degree. At Berkeley, I earned two college degrees, which prepared me for a successful career in the corporate and academic world.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

While at Berkeley, I was exposed to friendly and knowledgeable professors who provided me with career advice in a supportive learning environment. College staff members made it easier for me to concentrate on my studies and to focus on earning a college degree.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?

I plan to continue managing my career with passion and commitment. There are no obstacles to what I can achieve in my corporate and educational careers. I presently own and manage a technology management company in New York City. I am also an adjunct professor of management at a local college. Both careers provide me with financial and personal satisfaction. I will continue to be successful by trusting my instincts and maintaining a positive attitude toward the people with whom I interact.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?

The best advice I can provide college-bound students is the need to recognize sooner than later the importance of understanding global cultural matters and the ability to build relationships with members of other cultures and political views. These are essential social foundation skills that will help you become a well-rounded student and a better member of society.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

The most memorable moment was graduation day. On graduation day, my dream of being a college graduate was realized. Thanks Berkeley College!

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