Chief Executive Officer
Butterball Farms, Inc.
Mark Peters is the President of the Family Enterprise Center Board of Advisors.
Mark is the Chief Executive Officer for Butterball Farms, Inc., the nation's leading producer of embossed and specialty butter and margarine for the hotel and restaurant industry (www.butterballfarms.com). Mark grew up in the operations side of the business working with his father, Leo Peters, Founder of Butterball Farms. He also worked for Land O' Lakes and Keebler to broaden his experience. After the death of Leo Peters in 1995 Mark succeeded his father as President There were challenges with productivity and cash flow, but Mark's entrepreneurial spirit and determination was to build the company. He brought in talented team members and, under Mark's leadership, developed international partnerships and initiatives, and increased the overall growth and status of the organization. In 2006 the acquisition of Stirling Creamery Ltd. expanded the company to the international market place. Stirling Creamery Ltd. is a barrel churned butter manufacturing plant producing and packaging butter for the Canadian market (www.stirlingcreamery.com).
Mark has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Calvin College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Davenport University, as well as two semesters of engineering from Grand Valley State University.
To "Enrich Lives" is Mark's personal passion and it is also Butterball Farms mission statement. Mark has enriched many lives and strives to have every employee and the larger community share in this mission. Mark is involved in a number of non-profit organizations and his focus is on organizations that provide community development through services or education. Board memberships include: Member, Board of Directors - The Potter's House Foundation, Member, Board of Directors - Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders (GRIL), Member, Board of Directors - Reentry Employment Resource Center (RERC), Member, Board of Directors - Literacy Center of West Michigan; Member, Board of Directors - Kent/Allegan Workforce Development Board, Member, Board of Directors - Davenport Alumni Association; Member, Advisory Council - Wedgwood Christian Services. In 2001, Mark was instrumental in organizing a group of committed businessmen and community leaders to form The SOURCE, a coalition of local business, non-profit service providers and State agencies to centralize services in Grand Rapids' core city (www.grsource.org).
In addition to his many community activities and maintaining businesses, Mark also occupies his time tutoring and teaching Junior Achievement at The Potter's House school and is a member of a local executive organization called TEC (The Executive Committee - www.tecmidwest.com). Mark has spoken to many different organizations on topics such as community development, doing the right thing in business, and business growth strategies. In the summer of 2005, he was invited to speak to a graduate class at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Mark received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Davenport University-October 2010. Additional awards include: ACG West Michigan Outstanding Growth Award-April 2009; Inner City 100 Award for Excellence in Urban Business-April 2008; Regional Thought Leader-April 2008; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year nominee-June, 2008; Hope Network Legacy Award-October 2008; Mark was recognized locally by Grand Rapids Magazine as one of Western Michigan's 40 under 40 entrepreneurs-1986.