The friendly, welcoming community and the great people are what spurred Peter to move from New York to Pahrump and also to become involved at VEA. Serving on the VEA Board of Directors provides Peter a chance to give back and help his community. As a member of the Board, Peter assisted in ushering through two water heater efficiency programs. He also worked toward bylaw changes that improved member representation on the Board. Peter endeavors to keep VEA running as one of the most progressive cooperatives in the country. While many other co-ops are content to continue business as usual, VEA looks for new revenue streams to make electricity and broadband cheaper for members while simultaneously enhancing the quality of these services. For example, Peter helped VEA and the Board choose the investment strategy for the proceeds of 230 kv sale. Peter also sees the value in making it easier for state and local decision makers such as the Public Utilities Commission to engage with VEA. He promoted opening the VEA office in Las Vegas so that outside groups could quickly connect with VEA without driving to Pahrump.
Peter has served on the Board of Directors since 2008. He was the first Chairman of VEA’s Ambassador Program, and has been an ambassador since 2005. Alongside the VEA Board, Peter is active in numerous other community organizations including the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.