Mark Peterson CEO Press Release

May 18, 2017

For Intersect Illinois:
Sarah Schwartz, Marketing and Communication Manager
312-667-6015, sarah.schwartz@intersectillinois.org

CEO Mark S. Peterson Will Join Ten New Board Members to Continue Intersect Illinois’ Mission
CHICAGO, IL — May 18, 2017 — Intersect Illinois today announced that Mark S. Peterson will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 15th, 2017. Jim Schultz will continue to serve on Intersect Illinois’ Board.
Mark S. Peterson has an exceptional background in economic development, financial administration, and high-value fund raising. Previously, Mark acted as the President & CEO of the Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), an organization he has led since 2005, when he was recruited as the Managing Director to create and execute the organization’s strategic mission. Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1983 from St. John Fisher College and his Master of Business Administration in Kent State University’s Executive MBA Program in 1994. A certified fund raising executive (CFRE) since 1992, Mark has lent his experience and expertise to several non-profits, totaling more than $120 million. Previous roles have included President at Bishop Kearney High School, Chief Operating Officer at Telecomp, Inc., Director of Major Gifts at Hiram College, and Vice President at Philanthropy Management, Inc. Mark’s complete biography can be found here.
“Mark’s arrival marks an important new chapter at Intersect Illinois,” state Jim Schultz. “After a nationwide search, we selected an outstanding leader to take Intersect Illinois to the next level. Mark is strongly committed to our mission to promote Illinois and change the business landscape through economic development and job creation. He will be a champion for Illinois and I am proud to pass the reigns of leadership to him and this rejuvenated team.”
Thursday’s board meeting also saw the swearing in of 10 new members of the Intersect Illinois Board. Newley elected Chairman of the Board David R. Casper, Anthony K. Anderson, Juan R. Luciano, Andrew J. McKenna, Sr., James Reynolds, Jr., Mr. Douglas Oberhelman, Mr. William A. Osborn Frederick H. Waddell, and Mr. Miles D. White join current members to bring Intersect Illinois’ mission to increase Illinois’ competitiveness for job creation and investment to life. Biographies of the board and its new members can be found here. The organization, which was created in 2016, saw a year of growth and success, including Flex-N-Gate’s new plant in Chicago’s South Side, the re-opening on the MetLife Home & Auto office in Freeport, Fabrick Industries expansion in McHenry, the exciting repurposing of the closed Mitsubishi plant for the new alternative vehicle company Rivian Automotive, and Amazon’s continued investment across Illinois. In addition to these announcements, which bring jobs and development to the state, Intersect Illinois is committed to fostering important networking events, such as the recent Keidanren Business Mission from Japan, which promote partnerships that bring long-term benefits to the region.
“We are so grateful for Jim and the Board’s leadership during our first year. Jim generously agreed to help get Intersect Illinois off the ground and help put Governor Rauner’s vision into reality, even while knowing this would be a short-term position,” explained Chief Operating Officer Andria Winters. We are indebted
to him and to the board for getting us to this point and will continue to look to them for guidance and leadership as we begin this second phase.”
Intersect Illinois works in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Focusing on the state of Illinois’ economic development efforts, Intersect Illinois was established as a private entity with greater flexibility to actively pursue prospects, and market this great state.