Director – Innovation Campus
Pete is the Director of the Rhode Island Innovation Campus Initiative, responsible for overseeing the attraction of prospective participants, connecting stakeholders, and helping to administer the application and selection process. The Innovation Campus will draw together industry, academic, and research partners into a common physical facility to foster collaboration on best-in-class innovative solutions, and to create and grow high-value jobs while catalyzing private-sector investment in Rhode Island.
Pete joins the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation with more than 25 years of high-tech experience focused on achieving top- and bottom-line results, building and coaching strong global customer-facing teams, and developing critical strategic partnerships. Pete has proven success in start-up, growth, enterprise/fortune and turn-around global organizations from $0 to $1.5B in revenues. His background includes high-profile executive management and business roles with Lighting Science Group as Executive VP of Business Development; B2Q Technologies as a Co-founder and Principal; Boston-Power as Chief Customer Officer; Wright Line/Eaton Corp as VP of Sales and Marketing, where he was instrumental in its sale to Eaton Corp.; American Power Conversion, with influential sales, marketing and global operational positions over his 14-year tenure as Executive Vice President of Global Sales, VP of Global Enterprise Solutions Group, General Manager and Vice President of Asia and Latin America, and Director of Global Strategic Partnerships; and Equity National as Chief Operating Officer.
Pete served as an officer in the United States Air Force Intelligence Command’s Electronic Warfare Center (AFEWC) during Desert Storm and Desert Shield, and was a recipient of both the Meritorious Service and Air Force Achievement Medals.
Pete earned a BSEE with honors from Cornell University, and attended executive development programs at both Stanford and Harvard University.