Peter grew up on a farm in Kansas but his passion for food and agriculture led him to work on a sugarbeet farm in Germany, manage olive harvest operations in Israel, and partner in a beverage company in Romania. As Director of Corporate Strategy for an ag-focused private equity fund, Peter scouted new investment opportunities and led portfolio companies through aggressive expansion in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ukraine, and the United States. After moving to Chicago, Peter worked at The Hatchery, Chicago’s largest food-business incubator. There he consulted for early-stage consumer packaged goods companies and restaurant startups.
Peter holds an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served as a mentor for the University of Chicago’s Sustainable Food Enterprise Lab and is the chairman of the board of his local Ten Thousand Villages (TTV is one of the world’s largest and oldest fair trade retailers). He loves to work with mission-driven companies of all types.