- The Washington Times - Monday, October 17, 2005

Robert A. Peck announced yesterday he plans to resign as president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, a District business group, and return to the private sector.

“I’ve accomplished a lot in the four years I’ve been here and I felt it’s time for me to do something else,” Mr. Peck said.

Before he came to the Board of Trade in October 2001, he worked in the real estate industry.

During his four years at the Board of Trade, Mr. Peck created the Greater Washington Collaborative, a group of nonprofit organizations within the Board of Trade, and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, a regional sports marketing group.

He was instrumental in leading the private sector’s push for a baseball team in Washington, said Marie Tibor, a spokeswoman for the Board of Trade.

The group hosted Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig at its annual meeting and Mr. Peck “helped cement the deal in many ways,” Ms. Tibor said.

“The mayor was obviously in charge, but it took the private-sector support to make the deal happen,” she said.

Mr. Peck led the group in pushing for issues of regional importance, including emergency preparedness and funding for the Metro system, Ms. Tibor said.

“The Board of Trade is a very old, established organization,” Mr. Peck said. “The other thing I hope I brought is a little bit of a sense of … bringing the Board of Trade into the 21st century in terms of the businesses we attract and how we reach out to our members.”

Said William H. Edwards Jr., chairman of the Board of Trade and area vice president of Hilton Hotels Corp.: “Bob Peck has ably represented the Board of Trade and the business community’s interests throughout the region. He will leave the Board of Trade in sound financial shape and focused on the future of business concerns.”

Mr. Peck agreed to remain at the organization until a successor is chosen, a process that is scheduled to begin today at a board of directors meeting. He likely will be at the Board of Trade at least through the end of the year.

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