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Mark. S Peterson

Mark S. Peterson has an outstanding background in economic development, financial administration, and high-value fund raising. Prior to accepting the role of President & CEO, Intersect Illinois, Mark served as President and CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) for nine years. During his time in Upstate New York, Mark proved himself to be a strong advocate for the region, building a reputation amongst his colleagues as an exceptional leader and proactive change agent. Now, Mark is strongly committed to promoting Illinois, attracting quality businesses, and changing lives through job creation. A natural problem solver, Mark has true talent for connecting people with appropriate resources to generate results.   

Believing firmly in staff empowerment, Mark’s ability to establish high-functioning teams has been consistent throughout his well-rounded career. His motivational management style leads to fierce loyalty, constant collaboration, and accountability for the attainment of desired results.

Mark is an award-winning Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with an impressive history of garnering substantial monies at several world-class nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $120 million. An engaging public speaker and conference presenter, Mark delivers up to 60 speeches annually.  

A proud alumnus of St. John Fisher College, Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1983 and he went on to earn his Master of Business Administration in Kent State University’s Executive MBA Program in 1994. Dedicated to giving back to his community, Mark has served on many community boards and was recently appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, St. John Fisher College. Mark enjoys playing golf and spending quality time with his wife of 33 years, Kathleen, and their four daughters, Shannon, Megan, Erinn, and Liann.