Nancy Peterson
Chairman and CEO
Peterson Tool Company, Inc.

“Manufacturing brings innovative, functional products to life. I am passionate about that process and about the people who make their contribution at our facilities. Our people make the tools that permit other manufacturers to make the critical products that make a difference in all of our lives. I first fell in love with this industry working alongside my husband at Peterson Tool Company and have cherished leading our company since his death in 1979.”

Nancy’s technical leadership and noteworthy accomplishments have had a profound impact on Peterson Tool Company. Following the untimely passing of her husband, Nancy was thrust into the top position of Chairman and CEO and has since led the company to continued success. She was one of the first female business owners to win a Small Business Administration loan, which she used to grow the sales of a revolutionary line of patented quick change tools she launched in 1981. Driving increased precision capabilities and reduced downtime for tool changeover on multi-spindle machines, Nancy’s work on the new tool holders earned her the Gold Micrometer Award from the Precision Machined Products Association.

In addition to making safety and wellness a priority among her team, Nancy has developed innovative ways to ensure talent retention. From leading campaigns to help individuals overcome alcohol and substance abuse, to connecting others with women’s groups surrounding abuse and violence—Nancy’s connected, committed and compassionate leadership has touched many. Outside of her company, Nancy is well-known for her personal mentoring which has earned her recognition from a number of state, national and international organizations. She has served as Vice Chair of the Foundation for C200, as well as chaired the C200 Scholarship Auction raising millions of dollars for scholarships for students. Likewise, Nancy served on the Aquinas College Board of Governors and the Mississippi University for Women's National Board of Distinguished Women.

Community involvement has been a major driver in Nancy’s life. Her influence can be seen through her service to Leadership Nashville and the Tennessee Workforce Development Board where she has helped thousands of Tennesseans find careers. She also served on the Tennessee Council on Vocational Education as a manufacturing leader, and has been recognized for her supporting work by the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth. Further, Nancy has been an articulate spokesperson for sound economic policies and advocated on behalf of private industry for professional healthcare standards.

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