Patricia R. Perry

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Perry,-Patricia2Patricia R. Perry

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Vice President, U.S. Franchise Development

Years with company: I have been with Krispy Kreme for 2 years and in the foodservice industry for a total of 13 years.


Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:


  • A. Spanish and B.S. Mathematics Spelman College;
  • MBA

Volunteer Activities:

  • Board of Directors, Children’s Museum of Winston Salem, NC
  • Regional Connect Volunteer, Women’s Foodservice Forum
  • Co-Chair Membership Orientation – Reynolda Rotary International
  • Volunteer Big Sister – Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc.
  • 2014 Leadership Winston Salem Graduate
  • 2014 Co-Chair, United Way Campaign – Krispy Kreme
  • International Franchise Association Member & Certified Franchise Executive (CFE)

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: At an early age, my parents taught me the importance of a strong work ethic, the value of perseverance, and to follow my dreams without fear and regret. I have been blessed to have several mentors over the years. I have worked with several exceptional professionals who have helped to guide and shape me both professionally and personally through tough and rewarding times throughout my life and career. I always make a conscious effort to learn something from everyone that I encounter.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? At Krispy Kreme I have been blessed with an opportunity to play a major role in the national growth and development of an iconic brand. I am proud of the new store growth that has occurred in a short period of time. Our expansion is attributed to several talented individuals working together collaboratively to ensure that growth will be sustained for years to come.

Earlier in my career I was fortunate to establish, own and operate a successful restaurant in my early twenties. I was proud that I was able to create a vision and see it to fruition. Opening the restaurant allowed me to create jobs while working in an industry that I loved.

Most challenging part of your job? Finding time to have a balanced life can be challenging. My faith, family, profession and community are all extremely important aspects of my life. I have learned that there is no magic formula. You have to be intentional about prioritizing and understand that a perfect balance may never be achieved. While your priorities may remain constant, the allocation of time for each priority has to be adjusted as needed.

Advice for upcoming younger executives

  • Never let anyone talk you out of pursuing your dreams.
  • Surround yourself with people who inspire you.
  • Doing what you love is extremely important so take time to determine what you are passionate about.
  • Take calculated risks and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
  • Be courageous, have humility and find time to impact someone else’s life.

Hobbies: Spending time with family, entertaining, volunteering, traveling, cooking, baking, reading, spin class, pilates & hot yoga.