Doug Perry was born the youngest of four children in Creswell, OR and remained there until graduating from high school, where he began his college education at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) in Rexburg, ID as a journalism major.
After serving a two-year LDS Church mission in San Diego, he returned to Ricks College and completed his Associates Degree in Communications, emphasis in journalism. He also married Tracie Bakken while there and the two moved to Ogden, UT to attend Weber State University. Doug completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication, with an emphasis in public relations, and was hired to work for United Way of Salt Lake City in 1996 as marketing/communications associate.
In 1997, he accepted a position as communications director for the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce and remained there for three years overseeing Chamber publications, website administration, public relations and event activities. Doug worked for one year as a marketing development associate for MarketStar Corporation in Ogden, handling the writing and design of multi-million dollar sales proposals in the B2B high-tech industry.
In 2002, he was hired as communications director for the Utah Association of Counties and was been involved in all facets of digital and print communications for UAC, including public relations, public education and outreach efforts. He also managed the Association’s two large conferences and has assisted with a wide range of other related projects.
In 2013, following his wife’s graduation from dental hygiene school, Doug began offering personal branding consulting services for dental professionals seeking career advancement opportunities and has consulted with more than a thousand individuals in areas of marketing and branding since.
Finally, in 2018, Doug took a job as public information officer for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF). At UDAF, he handles traditional press secretary roles for the commissioner of agriculture, including media relations, story pitching, speech and presentation preparation, among other things. He’s also directing the re-design and writing of the UDAF website and promoting the agency and agriculture producers through blogging and other marketing activities.
He enjoys running, podcasts, and travel. Doug and Tracie are the parents of four children and reside in Woods Cross, UT.