Rochester, New York, April 17, 2009: The Board of Directors of Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), a privately led economic-development organization dedicated to revitalizing the Rochester regional economy, today announced that it has appointed GRE Interim President and CEO Mark Peterson to serve in an official leadership capacity for a three-year term. The offer was extended and accepted at a GRE board meeting this morning.
"Over the last seven months — and certainly since he first joined GRE in March 2005 — Mark's leadership, management, and fundraising skills have generated positive results for the organization," said Albert Simone, Chairman of GRE's Board of Directors. "Mark's accomplishments in the areas of investor relations, business outreach, and collaboration with economic development partners have been especially notable. This is a testament to Mark and the entire GRE staff."
Since Peterson first became GRE's Interim President in September, the organization has handled numerous economic-development projects. Currently, there are 15 potential business-attraction projects in the GRE pipeline — proof that the Rochester Region is on the radar screens of national site selectors, corporate real estate brokers and top company executives. Representatives from several of these projects have conducted multiple site visits to the area, demonstrating the region's ability to compete in a highly competitive economic development environment.
"I'm very pleased that the GRE board has asked me to serve as President and CEO of GRE," Peterson said. "We've made tremendous strides in recent months and I'm proud to be able to continue to serve as the leader of this vital economic-development organization."
Before joining GRE, Peterson served as President of Bishop Kearney High School. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer at Telecomp. Inc., Director of Major Gifts at Hiram College, and Vice President at Philanthropy Management Inc. He has been a Certified Fund Raising Executive since 1992.
Peterson is an associate faculty member with the Department of Public Administration at SUNY Brockport and serves as Vice Chairman of the board of directors for Continuing Developmental Services as well as President of St. John Bosco Schools. He resides with his family in Webster.
In addition to the CEO announcement, the GRE board also announced the following slate of board officers, who begin their terms on June 1:
- Chair – Dan Burns, President Rochester Region, M&T Bank
- Vice Chair – Tom Judson, President & CEO, The Pike Company
- Treasurer – Lisa Brubaker, Executive Vice President, Rochester & Government Programs, Preferred Care
- Secretary – Jim Locke, Partner, Nixon Peabody
Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) is a public-private partnership established to professionally market the Rochester metropolitan region as a competitive, high-profile place for business location and growth. Its efforts support business attraction and expansion, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation. GRE collaborates with businesses, universities, not-for-profit organizations and government leaders to ensure a unified approach to regional economic development. For more information, please go to www.RochesterBiz.com.
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