Perry is the tops Whistler/Blackcomb's king of marketing & sales is also a pretty cool dude in the eyes of his peers. David Perry has been named 1998 Marketing Executive of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Vancouver, a 52-year-old organization. The Marketing Executive of the Year award is given to an individual who has exhibited outstanding abilities in the key areas of marketing achievement, corporate achievement, innovation and social responsibility. Perry will receive the award at a party at Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver, May 14. Previous winners include Kirk Lawrie of Richmond Savings, Carol Borghesi of B.C. Tel, Jim Pattison of his own Group, and Peter Legge of Canada Wide Magazines. The selection committee was impressed by Perry’s vision and his leadership qualities. They particularly noted his work in promoting and instilling the theme of "Higher Ground." "I am honoured to be selected," Perry said in a release. "However, while my name may be on the award, it is through teamwork that we have been able to achieve 'higher ground'." Arbour Day tomorrow If you're willing to get down and dirty to make Whistler greener, there are a number of sites to help out on Arbour day, Saturday, May 9. The main event is at Whistler's heliport, north of Emerald Estates, where smaller shrubs and trees are going to be planted that won't interfere with helicopter flights. Whistler's councillors and mayor will be part of the Fitzsimmons Creek contingent. Chateau Whistler staff are concentrating on the creeks that flow through or border the Chateau's golf course. Whistler's Rotary Club will be fixing up Crabapple Creek at the foot of Lorimer Road. Another municipal project is on Millar Creek at Function Junction. Tree planting starts about 9 a.m. A volunteer party follows at Edgewater Inn about 1 p.m. Village Square is busy, too, with forestry displays and free seedlings. Bowling for thousands The Squamish chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters raised $12,000 during their Bowling for Millions fund-raiser. Canvassers for the group had been soliciting donations from Whistler businesses and individuals.