Peterson succeeds longtime President Ray Tatko, who is retiring at the end of 2018. Tatko will remain on Summit Racing Equipment’s Board of Directors, and act as an advisor to company officers. Tatko’s leadership over the past 30 years has been one of the keys to Summit Racing’s success, especially his talent to identify and hire the best leaders for the growing company.
Peterson was hired in 1995 as Summit Racing’s Operations Manager. He was instrumental in improving the efficiency of the company’s order fulfillment center, leading to quicker shipping times and order accuracy for its customers even as order volume increased.
Peterson was promoted to General Manager in 2008, and guided Summit Racing Equipment through the turbulent period of the Great Recession, helping it emerge stronger than ever. Under Peterson’s leadership, Summit Racing will continue to focus on its customers, the key to another 50 years of growth.
Prior to joining Summit Racing Equipment, Peterson’s professional career included serving as a Marine Corps officer and various management positions with Gander Mountain and FTD. He received his BS and MBA from Northern Illinois University, and enjoys driving his 1968 Camaro Z/28 whenever Ohio’s weather allows.
About Summit Racing Equipment
Summit Racing Equipment has been the World’s Speed Shop® for over 50 years! Summit Racing is the world’s largest e-commerce, mail order, and retailer of performance automotive parts and accessories. Summit Racing offers a huge selection of parts in stock from over 1,500 manufacturers for all forms of racing, street performance, off-roading, restoration, tools, and diesel. It also offers no-hassle special ordering, fast ground service shipping to most areas of the country, and same-day shipping on in-stock items. Summit Racing has the industry’s top-rated customer service and a full-time technical department to answer your questions. With headquarters in Tallmadge, Ohio, Summit operates distribution and retail stores in Tallmadge, Sparks, NV, McDonough, GA, and Arlington, TX.