Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2020, including Katie Haydon Perry, executive vice president at Haydon Building Corp. Each day, azbigmedia.com is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2020.
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Today’s spotlight: Katie Haydon Perry
Executive vice president
Haydon Building Corp.
Background: Haydon Perry graduated from Xavier College Prep, ASU, and earned her MBA in Global Management at Thunderbird. In 2010 she joined the Haydon team, bringing her global insight to establish a strong company culture.
Professional advice: “Humility is the key to success. Listen and learn; your team members and peer network have a lot to teach you. Find a mentor that provides constructive criticism and “mirror moments,” and keeps your humility intact as you continue to experience success.”
Lesson learned in 2020: “The COVID-19 crisis reaffirmed this for me. A strong team can get you through anything. As the leader of the organization, it’s your responsibility to keep the business moving forward and to have the strength to make the tough decisions.”
Surprising fact: “I have 5 children, ranging in age from 3 to 17. Finding a balance between motherhood and business leader is often challenging, but incredibly rewarding. I want my daughters to see that women don’t have to choose between a family and a career, and my sons to not be afraid of a strong woman — they will enrich your life.”