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Lifelong Resident of Region Named Board of Trade President
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Greater Washington Board of Trade announced today that Robert A. Peck, a lifelong resident of the region experienced in management, public policy and urban planning, will be the new president of the Board of Trade, effective October 1.
Peck will succeed John R. Tydings, who has led the Board since 1969. Peck's appointment culminates a three-month nationwide search that attracted more than 200 candidates.
"In Bob Peck we have found an individual who knows how to make things happen, someone who will continue the Board of Trade's longstanding legacy as an organization that coalesces diverse interests for the betterment of the region as a whole," said Board of Trade chairman John Derrick. "Bob's unique blend of business and government experience plus his passion for this region make him the ideal choice to lead the Board of Trade for the future."
Peck grew up in Washington, D.C. and, following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University Law School, returned to the region to build a successful career.
Most recently, he served as Public Buildings Service Commissioner for the General Services Administration, where he streamlined GSA operations into a $5.5 billion business. Prior to this position, he oversaw legislative affairs for the American Institute of Architects and the Federal Communications Commission. He also served as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and was a land use attorney with Jones Day Reavis & Pogue and Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn.
Peck has served on boards for a number of community organizations including DC Preservation League, Friends of the National Zoo, Commission of Fine Arts, National Capital Planning Commission and the Surface Transportation Policy Project. Mayor Williams named him to a four-year term on the District of Columbia Board of Education in January 2001, a post he will relinquish upon becoming Board of Trade president.
John Tydings will become a consultant to advise the organization's Board of Directors until December 31.
The Greater Washington Board of Trade is the area's only regional business organization, representing 1600 companies in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and northern Virginia, which employ nearly half the region's private-sector workforce.
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