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 roles as an SVP at Putnam Investments, 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. Peter’s grandparents, Angelo and Catherine, immigrated from Italy to Massachusetts shortly after 1900. In 1923, Angelo opened his first store out of his home in Rockland, leading 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 family for generations. “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 of the people, not for the person 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 as Employer of the Year by Best Buddies Massachusetts.
While serving as a Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of the National Association of Convenience Stores, Peter advocated for the convenience and retail industry on Capitol Hill. Peter also served as the Chief Strategic Officer for the Midwest Retail Group, LLC. 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 Chamber’s Business Success Leader in 2012. Peter realizes that experience and action are required to support the businesses in our area, making him an excellent resource to help our existing businesses prosper while also attracting 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 stores in New England. During the 10 years he owned and operated Computer Concepts, Peter learned valuable lessons that would serve him throughout his career.
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 United States, the United Kingdom, 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, exceptional 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 Tedeschi Food Shops was executed in 2015.
Peter 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 enjoys boating, fishing, and golfing. He firmly believes in the limitless potential of his family, his community, and the entire country.
“We are proud of our past, and focused on our future.” – Peter D. Tedeschi