Founder & CEO
Location: Centennial, CO
Industry: Software & Services
*Second Year Honoree*
Skye Perry leads with the idea that regardless of how big you grow, you should always seek guidance and input from others. As the Founder and CEO of SSP Innovations, this motto served him well during the 2020 pandemic. The business pivoted during COVID to working full time with the acquisition of another business while experiencing a YOY increase of 28% in revenue.
“Leading through change in 2020 has required me to hold to my stated core values while being willing to pivot off of just about everything else,” said Perry, a two-time Titan. “Change was absolutely the only constant in 2020 and we tackled it primarily through proactive communication, including communication to our employees about our response to COVID, our ever-evolving business strategy and our continued plans for growth.”
Perry said he learned that resilience is innately embedded in everyone and that proactive communication simply unlocks the ability to band together regardless of the circumstance, allowing his team to succeed each and every day.
“I measure success by the number of people I am able to impact,” said Perry. “Employees anywhere in the company and their families are impacted not just through employment but also through having a passionate career.”
As a leader, Perry recognized that customers and their businesses and workflow challenges were impacted through the use of the company’s technology and related services. SSP Innovations helps utility, pipeline, and telecommunications organizations maximize return on the systems and software they’ve already invested in.
During 2020, Perry led his team to update IT policies and support to allow all employees to work from home. He was also responsible for planning for the worst by analyzing and documenting all cost reduction levers that the company could pull along with KPI-based triggers that would objectively cause the company to pull a lever.
“Luckily, we continued to grow and did not lay off a single employee,” said Perry. “Beyond this, our focus was on reinvigorating company culture during this time period by having our departmental culture committees focus on remote engagement while sharing ideas at the C-level and across the departments.”
Perry was passionate about remaining positive and leading by example. “It’s important to work hard and with passion, invest in people and relationships first and resist the urge to give up through struggles, as there will be many,” he said. “As long as you have a vision and truly believe in it, use it to guide others through the journey that is leadership.”
For his continued efforts to lead with passion, Perry has been named a two-time Titan of industry.
"It's important to work hard and with passion, invest in people and relationships first and resist the urge to give up through struggles, as there will be many. As long as you have a vision and truly believe in it, use it to guide others through the journey that is leadership."