Peter Tedeschi was born and raised in Norwell, and has remained a resident of the South Shore for his entire life. He and his wife Katherine raised their three children in Norwell, and are the proud grandparents of their granddaughter Quinn.
Peter attributes his strong moral compass to his upbringing that placed great value on family, faith, country and the service of others. These values passed down to him by his parents and grandparents have been evident throughout his life as a father and in his leadership as an SVP at Putnam Investments, the CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops and as a proud member of the Executive Board of Directors for Friendship Home.
Peter is running for Congress to represent the 9th Congressional district, where he can put his values and many years of leadership and business experience to use in the service of others. His family’s roots run deep in the 9th Congressional District, starting when his Italian immigrant grandparents Angelo and Catherine that settled in Rockland shortly after 1900. In 1923 Angelo opened his first store out of his home in Rockland, that would soon lead to the birth of successful supermarket and convenience store chains (Tedeschi’s Supermarkets, Angelo’s Supermarkets and Tedeschi Food Shops).
Much of Peter’s motivation for running for Congress is born out of a desire to give back to an area that has been so supportive of him and his entire family for many years. “We are blessed to have experienced a quintessential American success story that started with such humble beginnings and the dreams of a hard-working immigrant family. This would not be possible without the sacrifices of earlier generations and the support of so many that grew up in this area as our customers, fellow employees and friends.”
Peter believes that the call to serve in political office is a civic duty and not intended to be a career. Public service must be for the benefit the people, not for the person that they elected to represent them.
Peter’s commitment to serve others is evidenced by his years of support for Friendship Home. Friendship Home provides social, developmental and work opportunities for adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities. While CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops, Peter was behind an effort that resulted in Tedeschi Food Shops being the number one employer of Friendship Home members. Tedeschi Food Shops also worked to employ members of Massachusetts Best Buddies, and in 2013 was recognized the Massachusetts Best Buddies “Employer of the Year”.
While serving on the Executive Board of the National Association of Convenience Stores, Peter advocated for the convenience and retail industry on Capitol Hill. Closer to home, Peter advocated for local businesses while serving on the Executive Board of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, where he was selected as the South Shore Chamber of Commerce Business Success Leader in 2012. Peter realizes that experience and action are required to support the businesses of our area, making him an excellent resource to help our existing businesses prosper while also taking the steps necessary to attract new businesses. You can’t have sustainable job growth without a robust business environment.
After graduating from Stonehill College in 1982, Peter opened one of the first computer retail, repair and training in New England. During the 10 years he owned and operated Computer Concepts, Peter learned valuable lessons that would serve him well in his future endeavors.
After selling Computer Concepts in 1992, Peter enjoyed a successful 16 year career in Boston’s financial services industry, where he most recently served as SVP and Director of Operations for Putnam Investments. While at Putnam Peter was responsible for as many as 500 employees based in the US, UK and Japan.
At the request of his family, Peter resigned from Putnam in 2008 to lead his family’s 200 store Tedeschi Food Shops (TFS) convenience store chain. Under Peter’s leadership, the company flourished and was recognized as “The Convenience Store Chain of the Year” in 2012. An empowering corporate culture, customer service and industry leading innovation served as the foundation of the TFS success story. In 2014 it was decided that the time was right to test the market for a potential sale of the company, and a sale of TFS was consummated in Q3 2015.
Aside from serving as a vice-chairman and Treasurer for The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), Peter also served as the Chief Strategic Officer for the Midwest Retail Group LLC. Peter enjoys speaking at industry events around the country and has been very engaged in advocating for the convenience store industry on Capitol Hill. Peter served on the Executive Board of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, and is currently on the Executive Board of Directors of Friendship Home and Lil’ Drug Store Products. Peter is also a member of the Coca-Cola Retail Council and serves on the Board of Advisors for the North & South River Watershed Association.
Peter was born and raised on the South Shore of Massachusetts, where he lives today with his wife Katherine. Peter enjoys boating, golfing and traveling with his family.