Anthony Marc Perrone

He began his career in his teens, working in a grocery store in Pine Bluff. Through decades of service to the union that helped him, he became its international leader.

Posted: July 23, 2017 at 2:08 a.m.

“I’m pretty driven. There’s not a whole lot of space for anything else.”

Marc Perrone describes the benefits of union membership this way: "If you want to go somewhere fast, go by yourself. If you want to go long-distance, go with a group."

“When you do this kind of work you have to believe in it, heart and soul, or else you won’t be good at it. And he’s very good at it.” — Steve Gelios, ...

Self-Portrait

Anthony Marc Perrone

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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