Real Estate 2023: JON PETERSON
CEO AND CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, PETERSON COS., FAIRFAX COUNTY
Founded in 1965 by Peterson’s late father, Milt, Peterson Cos. is responsible for some of the most prominent and successful mixed-use retail, residential and office developments in Northern Virginia and Maryland, including Fairfax Corner, Fair Lakes, National Harbor, Burke Centre and Tysons McLean Office Park.
In 2021, the company branched out to self-storage, opening its first new division in 35 years.
Peterson, who became executive committee chairman in 2016 and CEO in 2018, is a Middlebury College graduate and plays on its alumni lacrosse team. He also serves as secretary on George Mason University’s board of visitors and is a board member for the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance and Youth for Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization started by former Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs.
MOST VALUED POSSESSION: The memory of my father
HOW I BALANCE WORK AND PERSONAL LIFE: When at home, there is no talk of business.
NEW LIFE EXPERIENCE: Played Augusta National Golf Club