Center Profile

Founded: 1997
Specialties: Clean Technology
Counties: Centre, Clinton, Lycoming and Mifflin

 

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Staff Profile

John Peterson

John Peterson

John Peterson 
Interim Director & Business Consultant
 

John Peterson joined the Penn State Small Business Development Center in 2018 as a business consultant and is the current interim director of the Center. John’s consulting efforts are primarily focused on providing free, confidential one-on-one consulting to current or prospective small business owners within Centre and Mifflin counties.

 

John has more than 15 years of business management experience in various industries, including private ownership, private equity, venture capital, and publicly-held businesses. Working with high-growth companies—ranging in size from early-stage development to globally-recognized organizations—has given John the opportunity to work with not only hundreds of small businesses, but also with some of the world’s largest names in consumer and industrial products. John has experience working within the manufacturing, technology, Lean, Six Sigma, safety, quality systems, environmental law, sales, supply chain, consumer products, life science, operational excellence, inventory control, engineering, product development, leadership development, purchasing, industrial products, and food and beverage industries.

John is actively involved in scouting, numerous local youth sports organizations, and as a director on the Penn State Smeal College of Business Alumni Board.

 

John resides in State College with his wife Christina. They have 2 sons, Dante and Anthony.

Will Hooten

Will Hooten

Will Hooten
Business Consultant
 

Will joined the Penn State Small Business Development Center in 2018 as a business consultant. Will’s consulting efforts are primarily focused on providing free business valuation, financial forecasting, and confidential one-on-one consulting to current and prospective small business owners within Centre and Mifflin counties.

 

Will previously worked at Bloomberg, where he was an analyst for the Earnings Estimates team. In this role, he primarily analyzed micro and macro-economic factors to create a consensus on financial estimates for Fortune 500 technology and pharmaceutical companies. While at Bloomberg, Will also worked in operations helping to create KPIs and SLA for his team. To make processes more efficient, Will taught himself how to program in Python and SQL. This experience has lead him to become certified in data science and database management.

 

Will currently resides in Hollidaysburg, where he enjoys hiking, fishing and brewing beer.  

Theresa Krise

Theresa Krise

Theresa Krise
Administrative Assistant

Theresa is the administrative support assistant for the Penn State SBDC and PennTAP. Theresa joined the SBDC in April 2012. Prior to her employment with the SBDC, she worked for more than 20 years with The Pennsylvania State University’s Academic Outreach/World Campus as an administrative support assistant for the executive director of Academic Outreach and two directors of the World Campus. She’s the first person to greet clients in the lobby of 200 Innovation Boulevard.

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Penn State SBDC
200 Innovation Blvd
155 Technology Center
University Park PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-4293
Fax: 814-865-6667

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
 
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