Anthony Marc Per­rone

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - PROFILES -

Date and place of birth: Nov. 14, 1955, Hearne, Texas Oc­cu­pa­tion: In­ter­na­tional pres­i­dent of the United Food & Com­mer­cial Work­ers In­ter­na­tional Union.

Fam­ily: Wife Donna and her two grown chil­dren. A travel trick I’ve learned is: Never go to the counter at the air­line desk. Al­ways do it elec­tron­i­cally through a mo­bile de­vice. The turn­ing point in my life came when: I got

mar­ried for the sec­ond time. One busi­ness de­ci­sion I re­gret is: On oc­ca­sion, putting the wrong per­son in the wrong po­si­tion and ex­pect­ing them to suc­ceed.

The big­gest mis­con­cep­tion peo­ple have about

unions is: That it’s like an or­ga­ni­za­tion or a com­pany. The union, how­ever, is re­ally com­prised of the work­ers. If I had one thing to do over: I’d have been a fighter pi­lot. At 6-foot-5, I was too tall when I was young enough to ap­ply. The re­quire­ments changed about a year too late.

The hard­est part of my job is: Deal­ing with politi­cians. The most re­ward­ing part of my job is: Hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with my mem­bers.

One thing I ab­so­lutely won’t eat is: Sour cream. My fa­vorite pas­time is: Rid­ing my Har­ley David­son motorcycle.

My pet peeve about so­ci­ety is: Peo­ple in gen­eral get ma­nip­u­lated a lot. If trapped on a desert is­land I’d have to have: I hate the beach. One phrase that sums me up: I’m a sur­prise.

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