Will Perry – President
Will Perry is the President of Worldwide Power Products (WPP), the power-generation equipment provider he founded in 2008. As a single-employee operation, Perry led WPP to revenues of more than $4 million within its first 12 months. Perry continues to direct the company to new heights, leading WPP to be named one of Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Promising Companies in 2011.
Today Perry oversees many aspects of the organization but his role is primarily focused on key customer, vendor, and investor relationships as well as inventory acquisition and seeking other opportunities to grow the business via acquisition or partnerships.
Prior to founding WPP, Will was the leading salesperson for another power generation company. While there he helped them establish worldwide relationships, completing business transactions internationally with dozens of firms.
A life-long entrepreneur, Perry started his first business when he was in high school. Later, while completing his degree in Economics at The University of Texas at Austin, he developed and operated several small businesses.
Perry has been recognized by the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) as Houston’s Entrepreneur of the Year (2011-2012), and by the Houston Business Journal as one of Houston’s 40 under 40 (2012). He currently serves on the board of a several community and professional service organizations.
In his free time, Will enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and playing golf.
Greg O’Brien – CFO
Greg O’Brien is the Chief Financial Officer for Worldwide Power Products (WPP). He is responsible for all aspects of financing, accounting, and reporting for the company. He is a CPA with 40 years of accounting and finance roles in rapidly growing companies in the energy and international supplier fields.
Prior to joining WPP, Greg served as Controller Downhole Business Line at Forum Energy Technologies, 11 years as CFO of Global Flow Technologies, 5 years as Finance Director of a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, and 6 years as CFO of VAMPTS Company.
Greg earned his BBA in Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin.
Greg is a native Houstonian who enjoys hunting/outdoors and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
David Vennie – Vice President
David Vennie is the Vice President of Sales and Engineering for Worldwide Power Products (WPP). Leading the Sales and Engineering team with prioritized focus on WPP’s core business and key growth areas, he drives continuous improvement in sales processes. With 11 years of experience in controls, switchgear, engines and generator sets,he is growing a team with strong technical expertise in the companies key industry segments.
Since joining WPP in 2011, Vennie has sold more than $20 million in revenue. He has expanded the company’s business into the Middle East, where WPP will capture more than $6 million in sales for 2013.
Prior to his role at WPP, Vennie was Regional Sales Manager at Caterpillar, Inc. There, he directed sales of power-generation equipment, including diesel and natural gas generator sets. His influence spanned the Central Region from North Dakota, east to Wisconsin, and south to Texas.
Vennie earned Electrical Engineering and BBA degrees from Michigan Technological University. He has contributed time to several non-profits, including Junior Achievement, a youth educator focused on business, and SCORE, a small business counseling service. He is Member of IADC and EGSA.
Vennie began his career in sales at the age of 16, selling golf clubs in Flushing, Michigan. In his early 20s, he became proficient with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and developed his technical, engineering, controls and troubleshooting skills.
Vennie grew up in Flint, Michigan with three brothers and two sisters. He enjoys golfing, hunting, sports, and anything that involves an engine.