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About the speaker:
Alice is the president of Kentucky Heritage Hemp, the premier provider of 100% USDA Certified Organic CBD and other hemp products. KHH extracts CBD and CBG from organic hemp plants and produces a high quality extract, distillation, isolate and customized blend. The company’s laboratory is cGMP certified and kosher certified. Kentucky Heritage Hemp’s bulk wholesale ingredients are used by the world’s most refined consumer brands for capsules, tinctures, beverages, food and topicals.
After starting her career at large public companies (PepsiCo, Kraft, and Sears), Peterson transitioned into a high-growth business. Her initial focus was on financing and acquisitions before moving into operational roles. She managed the treasury and corporate finance functions at Sears during the company’s restructuring (mid-1990s), and was asked to lead the Sears Online business in 1999; He grew it from zero to $500 million in 18 months.
She left the Fortune 100 world and in 2002 founded Syrus Global. Syrus has built a technology platform to provide risk management, ethics, and compliance solutions to businesses large and small. This service has become an essential service for companies focusing on the Social Environment and Governance (ESG). Syrus was acquired by a public company in 2009. It remained with the acquiring company until 2011 to open and grow markets in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Peterson is the founder and director of the Loreto Group, which has helped companies achieve sustainable profitability, scale operations, and win cultures. This builds on a previous role as Executive Vice President of Operations at Fluresh, a cannabis grower, processor, manufacturer and retailer in Michigan. There, she was responsible for bringing together people, processes, and systems to build speed into the core business model.
Prior to joining Fluresh, Ms. Peterson ran a healthcare startup where she leveraged the founder concept, raised capital, and enhanced the user experience. She previously worked in private equity, buying, managing and selling companies with her partners. She started and operates Big Shoulders Capital, an asset-based lending firm.
Alice Peterson has served on the boards of large, small, public and private companies for more than 20 years. The company’s public boards include 360 Communications, The Fleming Companies, TBC Corporation, Hansbrands, and Williams Partners. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of SP Plus Corporation (NASDAQ) and chairs its Audit Committee. She is a qualified financial expert.
She is a member of the Chicago Economic Club, the Chicago Network, and the International Women’s Forum. She holds an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University.
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