Meet: Joe Peters, Board Emeritus
Having grown up in Baltimore, Joe Peters jokes that one has to be familiar with the Chesapeake Bay. Joe has fond memories of his experiences on the water, spending time with friends sailing, waterskiing, and going to the beach.
After retiring from a longstanding career in banking, Joe and his wife Mary Lou moved to Easton in 1998, and began a business venture in Easton. They were looking for a change of pace from busy city life, and the Eastern Shore was the perfect place.
Joe and Mary Lou soon became casual guests of the Museum, attending several museum events, including the annual Boating Party. They became more involved over the years, with Joe being elected to the Museum’s Board of Governors in 2006.
Joe believes that being a Board Member helped him to truly appreciate all the Museum has to offer. He takes great pride in knowing how wide the Museum’s mission reaches, and wants to make sure the public is aware of all the education, exhibition, and boat restoration programs that the Museum offers.
The boatyard is Joe’s favorite part of the Museum, because it captures the essence of CBMM’s mission to preserve historical vessels, from Rosie Parks to small, unnamed and unknown boats. “The history of these working boats mirrors the history of the area.
“Over the past 50 years, the Museum has established a strong reputation,” Joe says with pride. Joe sees that the Board, staff, and volunteers all contribute to this, and recognizes the special importance of the volunteers as ambassadors, both on campus and in the community.
Joe served as Chairman of the Board in 2010 and 2011, and was elected as Board Emeritus in 2013. That experience has given him a better perspective of what it takes to keep this institution thriving, both fiscally and through its mission. During his tenure on the Board, Joe focused much of his energy to restructuring the Museum’s finances, and sees his greatest contribution as serving as Chairman during the three-year, historic restoration of the skipjack Rosie Parks.
CBMM has a world-wide presence, and is one of the biggest and highly regarded maritime museums in the country. “I want to do my small part to see it succeed.”
CBMM would like to thank Joe for his time and dedication to the Museum!