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 was recruited to join the Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) as Managing Director in 2005, and was appointed President & CEO in August, 2008. Charged with the continued creation and execution of GRE’s strategic plan, Mark proved himself to be a strong advocate for the Greater Rochester region, built a reputation amongst his colleagues as an exceptional leader and proactive change agent. He 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.
Brent has over 15-years of economic development experience supporting business growth and expansions, assisting entrepreneurs, developing programs and infrastructure, and recruiting domestic and international private sector companies. He has over a decade of operational and sales experience in manufacturing and global logistics.
Andria Winters is co-founder of Intersect Illinois, and serves as Chief Operating Officer. Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Andria Winters as Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce in February 2015. As Assistant Director, Andria was responsible for all operations and strategy for the agency and the State Offices of Business Development; Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology; Film; Regional Economic Development; Tourism; and Trade & Investment.
Kelly serves as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to being recruited for this,
role she held a similar position as Vice President, Marketing for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Kelly was responsible for all aspects of marketing and promoting the state of Indiana. She created the state's most successful marketing campaign that was initially started during Governor Daniels' administration and continued through 2015. Strategic focus on markets resulted in maximizing resources and garnering tremendous earned media.