Perry Palma Gil
- How long have you known Mark?30 yrs.
- Three words to describe Mark: Maumee, Smiley, Kind
- If Mark created a nickname for you, what is it and where did it come from?
Pe-pe (pronounced pay-pay). Obviously Mark never took Spanish and can't roll his Rs so instead of calling me Perry (or Mr. Handsome) like the rest of the world, he could only manage Pe! And since he wanted to emphasize that I was twice as cool as anyone else he knew, he add a second "pe". So the nickname Pe-pe was born. I suspect by including this in the webpage Mark is famous (and quite good at) giving people nicknames or just changing names in general:)
- Funny memory with Mark:
I have no funny memories of Mark as he is the driest, most high-strung guy I know...just kidding, every memory I have of him is funny, don't make me choose! Actually I still chuckle when I think of the time we went out to play golf (I think it was at Maumee Bay State Park) and he hit a goose or duck in the backside with his tee shot! Luckily, duck not seriously injured, Funny stuff:)
- How has Mark impacted your life?
Mark was my first upperclass friend at Kenyon and he introduced me in to his circle of friends. This had a positive and important impact of my life at Kenyon and beyond...thank you my friend.
- What do you think Mark’s legacy will be? What is his lasting imprint on the world?
In Malcolm Gladwell's book, THE TIPPING POINT he describes three personality types with particular rare and special social gifts: Connectors, Mavens, Salesmen (Persuaders) that are needed for social change (for me, the people who move the world forward).
Now Mark is no Maven, but he definitely is a Connector described as the people in a community who know large numbers of people and who are in the habit of making introductions. Someone who knows people across an array of social, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and make a habit of introducing people who work or live in different circles. They are people who "link us up with the world...people with a special gift for bringing the world together". They are "a handful of people with a truly extraordinary knack for making friends and acquaintances".
He is also a Salesman (Persuader) who are people who are charismatic with powerful negotiation skills. They tend to have an indefinable trait that goes beyond what they say, which makes others want to agree with them.
Mark is a kind, funny, smart caring person who also happens to be a Connector and a Salesman. He is known, and will always be remembered for his kind character and his genuine and powerful people skills.
- Anything else you’d like to say to wish Mark Happy 50th Birthday!
nope, just congrats on the big Hawaii Five-O my friend!