Brian Peterson '03

Brian Peterson has achieved personal, spiritual and professional success with a servant’s heart, keeping his family and deep faith as high priorities while also pouring his best into his work and his employees.

As a Saint John’s University student, Peterson was an exceptional mix of responsible and fun-loving, always seeking a laugh but balanced enough to accomplish his goals and obligations.

After a short stint as an accountant in the Minneapolis area following SJU graduation, Brian and his Bennie wife Kelly (CSB ’03) moved back to their small Minnesota hometown of Grand Rapids to raise a family and engage life there. He joined Nelson Wood Shims, the largest shim manufacturer in North America, and focused on quality while championing a transformation to NWS as an employee-owned company of which at age 41 he was promoted to President.

Despite his busy work schedule, Peterson prioritizes his family and deep faith. He coaches teams in his town and is very involved in his local church.

Brian is a true leader, humble yet confident, ambitious and courageous while rooted in integrity, honesty and the common good at the heart of his decisions.