From food to finance: Meet Schwabbie Peter
Peter’s life would best be described as a journey – both geographic and professional. Born in Jamaica, Peter has lived in seven different states in the United States, including 16 different cities. These days he lives in the Richfield, Ohio area and works as a client relationship manager with Workplace Financial services.
“In addition to the many moves I’ve taken throughout my life; I like to also say I went from food to finance,” smiles Peter. “I am a trained chef and hold a culinary arts degree. I worked in the hospitality industry for many years. But then I wanted a change and went to the other end of the professional spectrum and earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse and started working in retirement planning more than 20 years ago.”
Peter, who joined Schwab two years ago, is passionate about engagement and diversity and is the local co-chair of the Black Professionals at Charles Schwab (BPACS), and a member of both the NEXT (for the next generation of Schwabbies) and GLOBE (employees with international backgrounds) Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) at Schwab.
“As someone who comes from a diverse background, honoring people of all backgrounds is important to me. I am very impressed with the commitment to diversity and inclusion at Schwab. There are a lot of challenges in the world right now and I truly believe we all need to look at ourselves individually and see how we can make a difference to create a more equitable world.”
In addition to his support of diversity and inclusion through his work in Schwab’s ERGs, Peter is committed to telling his story to his fellow Schwabbies to raise awareness about history, stereotypes, and the importance of embracing our differences.
“My grandparents emigrated from India to Jamaica as part of the indenture system, which was similar to the American slavery system,” says Peter. “I want to reach out to people and let them know that these systems existed not so long ago and that we need to learn from our histories.”
When not at work, Peter lives in the Cleveland area with his wife Kim and their cat Jake. Peter says he hopes that people will remember we are all a part of the same society.
“I’m just me. I’m a product of my experiences. I’m a melting pot and I don’t identify myself as any one specific thing. We are all one.”