About Us

Mark S. Peterson

A dynamic serving leader offering high impact consulting to private and non profit sector clients in the areas of economic development, marketing, business attraction, foreign direct investment, fundraising, corporate culture, employee engagement, operational strategy and leadership advancement.

Mark has an outstanding background in economic development, high-value fundraising and leadership design.  Most recently serving as President & CEO of Intersect Illinois, a privately funded, not-for-profit, acting as the lead business recruitment and marketing organization for the State of Illinois Mark worked in collaboration and partnership with business leaders, state, regional, and local entities actively engaged in economic development. Competing for major recruitment and expansion projects on a global basis resulted in the creation of more than 22,000 new jobs and $7.05 billion in new investment including foreign direct investments from eight (8) different countries.  After leading successful jobs missions to Japan, China, Poland and Germany, Mark was named one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America.

Prior to joining Intersect, Mark served as President & CEO for the Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), in Rochester, New York.  Mark joined the organization in 2005 and was named CEO in 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, building a reputation among his colleagues as an exceptional leader and proactive change agent.

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

A certified fund-raising executive (CFRE), Mark has an impressive history of garnering substantial monies at several world-class nonprofit organizations totaling more than $130 million. In 2009 Mark was honored as the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). 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 BA in Political Science.  He went on to earn his MBA in Kent State University’s Executive MBA Program. In 2014 Mark was recognized as St. John Fisher College’s

Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree in recognition of professional achievement and for demonstration of excellence and outstanding commitment to the values of Beta Gamma Sigma, which are: honor and integrity, pursuit of wisdom, and earnestness.  Dedicated to giving back to his community, Mark has served on many community boards.

Board & Community Service
  • Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC)
  • Midwest US – Japan Association (MWJA)
  • M&T Bank – Rochester Division
  • Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC)
  • New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC)
  • Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • The Center for Emerging & Innovative Sciences (CEIS)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
  • CDS Life Transitions
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • St. John Bosco Schools
  • Chesterton Academy of Rochester
Professional & Consulting Engagements
  • Harting North America
  • Omni-ID
  • Quintel Solutions
  • Intrinsiq Materials
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of South Carolina
  • DePaul University
  • Syracuse University