San Diego Business Journal

Executive Profile: Gary Peterson

By Steve Adamek Monday, September 3, 2012

One word that describes you: Passionate.

TRUE CONFESSIONS

What you like best about your job: I work with great people who are doing great things. The amazing stuff that is within our reach gets me fired up every day.

What you like least about your job: I hate accounting.

Pet peeves: Anyone can broadcast a problem, “A” players broadcast ideas on how to fix it.

Most important lesson learned: Be calm.

Person most interested in meeting: President Obama.

Three greatest passions: My growing family, Philadelphia Flyers hockey and Gap Intelligence.

First choice for a new career: GM of the Philadelphia Flyers.

PREDILECTIONS

Favorite quote: “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire” — Fred Shero, former coach of my Flyers.

Most influential book: “Good to Great,” by Jim Collins.

Favorite status symbol: My really, really beat up 1993 Toyota pickup truck. I love to turn heads in La Jolla with it.

Favorite restaurant: Mitch’s Seafood in Point Loma. Wars will be fought over their swordfish sandwich.

Favorite place for business meetings: Petco Park — there is an incredible conference room there.

Favorite vacation spot: Every inch of Italy.

Favorite way to spend time: An unabashed gardening nerd, I have thirteen tomato plants that I dote on daily.

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