Ray Perryman
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Ray Perryman

Dr. Ray Perryman is President and CEO of The Perryman Group, a Waco-based economic research and analysis that has served thousands of clients. He holds a BS in mathematics from Baylor, a PhD in economics from Rice, and an honorary doctorate from the International Institute for Advanced Studies.

Dr. Perryman has held numerous academic positions, including stints at Baylor University and SMU. He has authored several books and more than 400 academic papers, and has served as President of the Southwestern Economic Association and the Southwestern Society of Economists. Currently, he is a Senior Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas and Institute Distinguished Professor of Economic Theory and Method at the International Institute for Advanced Studies.

In the professional arena, Dr. Perryman has authored more than 2,000 trade articles, publishes a subscription forecasting service and a monthly newsletter, writes a syndicated newspaper column, hosts a daily radio commentary, and appears regularly on National Public Radio.

Dr. Perryman has received hundreds of awards for his academic and professional efforts, along with citations from governments around the world. He has been honored by The Democracy Foundation for his role in promoting capitalism in China, The Asia and World Institute for promoting international trade and academic exchange, and the Systems Research Foundation for his contributions to the field of modeling.

Dr. Perryman lives part-time in Odessa while working in Waco, and is the father of five young Texans. Some of his most gratifying work has been in the field of economic development, where he has supported the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs. He says he only hopes that at least one of his kids will hold one of those jobs. He is a past recipient of the Outstanding Texas Leader Award and has been honored by the Texas Legislature for his "tireless efforts in helping to build a better Texas."

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