Chris Perry is one of the founding principals of AQUILA. Chris has decades of tenant representation experience and has represented a number of Austin’s most iconic brands, including C3 Presents, Main Street Hub, and LatinWorks. He’s very loyal to his clients and he enjoys spending time with them both in and out of the office.

An exemplar of AQUILA’s work hard, play hard mentality, Chris is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time hunting and fishing, as well as getting active playing tennis, skiing, or working out. Chris’ true passion is for his family; he has two teenage children (son Cole and daughter Ella) with his partner-in-crime and wife of nearly 20 years, Lauri Perry.  

I sat down for a Q&A with Chris to learn more about him. Read his answers below to get to know him a little better!

Let’s Start With the Basics:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Austin; I lived in the same house since I was born until I moved out to go to college.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Baylor University

Chris Perry with College Friends

Chris with some of his friends during college.

Q: You’ve lived in Austin most of your life. What is it about this city?

A: Austin has a really unique culture. There are great restaurants, nightlife, stuff to do, and beautiful outdoors and weather most of the year. The river runs right through the city. It’s just a great place to live, not only from a quality-of-life standpoint but from a business standpoint as well. We have such an influx of people from all over the place which gives us a diverse background. It just lends to a very cool culture – we’re just very diverse, very accepting and I like that.

Q: What is your favorite part about working for AQUILA?

A: The people. I look forward to coming into the office and I appreciate the team-oriented chemistry that we have here where we’re all working towards shared goals. 

Chris Perry with AQUILA's Ben Tolson, Chad Barrett and David Putman

Chris with business partners Ben Tolson, Chad Barrett and David Putman at AQUILA’s 10th Anniversary Party.

Q: What would you say is your key differentiator? Why would I want to work with you?

A: My loyalty to clients. And I’m a people person. I like working with people and enjoy meeting people and becoming their advocates.

Chris Perry at AQUILA Client Event at South Congress Hotel in Austin, Texas

Chris with clients at a client appreciation event.

Q: How do you add value for your clients?

A: I try to be a strategic thinker and think a couple steps ahead as far as what’s coming down the road and try to be prepared for anything. I try to keep my clients ahead of the curve as far as what’s next.


Now For a Little Fun:

Q: If you won $50 million in the lottery, what would you do with it?

A: I would buy a house in the mountains in Colorado.

Chris Perry with family

Chris and his family in Colorado.

Q: What’s your go-to karaoke song?

A: Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Eagles

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world and money didn’t matter, where would you live?

A: I would split time between Austin, Colorado, and traveling.

Chris Perry and Lauri Perry

Chris and his wife, Lauri, at a waterfall during their travels to Canada.

Q: What’s something most people may not know about you?

A: I joined the Marine Corps when I was 18.

Chris Perry in Marine Corps

Chris with his mom and brother during his time in the Marine Corps.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Austin?

A: Uchiko.

Q: What’s your favorite show to binge-watch?

A: Right now it’s This is Us.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?

A: I would like to become a fluent Spanish speaker.


Fast Facts:

  • Early bird or night owl? Night owl
  • Beach or mountain? Mountain
  • Skiing or snowboarding? Skiing
Chris Perry with family skiing

Chris and his family hitting the slopes.

  • Grilled or fried? Usually grilled
  • Torchy’s or Tacodeli? Tacodeli
  • Flip flops or cowboy boots? Flip flops
  • South Congress or Domain? South Congress
  • Franklin Barbecue or Lambert’s? Franklin
  • Queso or Guacamole? Guacamole
  • Maudie’s or Matt’s El Rancho? Matt’s El Rancho
  • Dogs or cats? Dogs
  • Passenger or driver? Either
  • Call or text? Call
  • Would you walk, run or bike the Hike and Bike Trail? Run

    Chris Perry at AQUILA Workout with Ben Tolson, Chad Barrett, Bethany Perez, Max McDonald, Seth Stuart, Matt Wilhite, Corby McWilliams, Leigh Ellis and David Putman

    Chris loves to work out; pictured here with some coworkers at a company workout.

  • ACL or SXSW? ACL
  • Willie Nelson or Bob Schneider? Bob Schneider
  • P.Terry’s or Whataburger? P.Terry’s
  • 6th Street or Rainey? West 6th
  • Amy’s Ice Cream or Sno Beach? Amy’s

For more on Chris, check out his bio page on our website. Don’t forget to check back each month to see who we feature next!


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