Camdidate for Indiana State Senator
"My candidate is Chip Perfect.Chip is a republican candidate for Indiana state senator.
"I consider myself a bit of a serial entrepreneur and have been a part of 12 business startups. I am still involved in the operation of 9 of those ventures. The advice I give young people is “Do What Excites You!” Entrepreneurism is what has always excited me.
I am very concerned that the kinds of opportunities that enabled me to pursue my dreams are simply not available today. The walls around many great ideas are so high that it is nearly impossible for people to take the risk and fulfill a dream or a business idea.
There is just too much bureaucracy, too many legal hurdles, and too many difficult and expensive regulations standing in the way of new business. Despite my 34 years of business experience, and an excellent management team, the prospect of opening a new business is still daunting!
Opportunities are not just about starting a business. People want opportunities in their work, opportunities available in the companies where they work. If business can’t grow, employee opportunities are limited.
High taxes, government mandates, costly regulations, legal precautions, all take resources away from a business and limit its ability to grow and create opportunity.
Opportunities are about education as well. I was a teacher of high school Agriculture when I first graduated from college. Believe me, I know just how difficult it is to teach. I also have raised three children and understand how important their education has been. The world is changing at a rate faster than any time in history. We face a huge educational challenge to make sure our young people are prepared for the world that is coming at them at high speed! They need educational opportunities to be prepared, and to create their own opportunities in life."
I have a history of civic leadership in our area. I was a member of the Dearborn County 4H Fair Board. I have served as the President of the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce and the President of the Dearborn County Convention and Visitors Bureau. I currently serve on the Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustees.
I have been active in business organizations as well. I have been a board member of the Midwest Ski Areas Association for 18 years where I served in every office including President, promoting the ski industry in the midwestern states. I am also on the board of Natorp’s Inc., a landscaping and nursery business in Mason, Ohio.
I am currently the Chairman of the Board of the National Ski Area Association, which serves its 450 member ski resorts in the United States. I have served on that board for the past 10 years. I am very proud that I am the first ski area operator from a Midwest ski area to be elected to the chairmanship of that board.
My parents raised me to be a leader. While growing up on a farm in Dearborn County, responsibilities and opportunities for leadership came early and often. In my youth I was blessed to participate in 4H and FFA organizations that foster leadership.
I like to get things done. I speak my mind. I listen. I like to build consensus! I am reasonable and rational. I have learned a great deal about leadership from a number of mentors over the years, and I continue to strive to become a better leader.
I am excited about the opportunity to put my leadership experience to work for Southeastern Indiana. This community is where I grew up, where I raised my children, where I make my living, where I live my life. It is important for me to give back. I believe becoming your Senator is a way for me to continue doing that!