BIRMINGHAM — The Brother Rice Business Alliance, a networking and business advocacy organization that raises funds for scholarships for deserving students, will host Luis Perez, senior vice president and CFO of the Detroit Lions, on from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 8, at Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse in downtown Birmingham. In addition to networking, Perez will make a presentation about the value of education in preparation for the corporate world.
Perez joined the Detroit Lions front office during the offseason. As part of his duties, Perez oversees the club and stadium’s financial, insurance, banking, information technology, business systems, retail store, and purchasing operations. Perez reports directly to President Tom Lewand. Before joining the Lions, he spent seven years as the managing director at Modell Ventures.
Perez comes to Detroit with 12-plus years of financial related experience in the sports industry. He has served as CFO for the Baltimore Ravens (1998-2004) as well as controller for the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers (1997-98). Prior to joining the Knicks and Rangers, Perez was controller for the Philadelphia Phillies (1992-97). He began his career as a member of the international accounting firm of KPMG (1986-92), becoming a CPA in 1990.
Carlos Carmona, president of the Brother Rice Business Alliance, made the announcement. Carmona is an executive at Combine International Inc. in Madison Heights.
The Brother Rice Business Alliance raises scholarship funds from public events in and around Birmingham. Through a speaker series, the Alliance seeks to improve networking opportunities among students, parents, faculty, and alumni. Past speakers include WJR Morning Host Paul W. Smith, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, and Brother Rice Football Coach Al Fracassa. To date, more than $38,500 in scholarships has been awarded to students. For more information, please access www.brrice.biz.