Richard Perko joined Lee Company as a project engineer right out of college in 1996. Twenty years later, he was named CEO of the company, adding that title and responsibilities to his role as president – a position he has held since 2009.
As president and CEO, Richard is responsible for all company sales, operations, and strategic planning. His current focus is on guiding Lee Company’s ongoing, successful evolution from a traditional mechanical contractor and residential HVAC provider to a comprehensive Facilities Solutions, Home Services, and Construction Services provider.
Richard’s journey to the top leadership position speaks to Lee Company’s mission to create a workplace where employees can thrive. He began as a project engineer, and engineered, developed, and sold mechanical and plumbing systems for healthcare, industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. After working with Lee Company’s construction teams, Richard moved into construction management. He worked as a project manager first, and was promoted to vice president of Construction Services in 2001. In 2004, Richard accepted additional company-wide responsibilities as executive vice president for Lee Company. He was named president in 2009; he has been president and CEO since 2016.
- Years in Industry: 33
- Years with Lee Company: 27
Education: Executive MBA, Auburn University. BSME, University of Memphis
Registered Professional Engineer - Florida & Tennessee
2011 Nashville Emerging Leader Award – Nashville Chamber of Commerce
2010 Forty Under Forty Award – Nashville Business Journal