Meet Our Directors

Gary Peterson

Gary Peterson

Director (Board election - May 2019)

Mr. Peterson is a retired Major of the US Air Force. Retiring after 23 years, Gary served in multiple leadership positions and deployed four times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Residing in Albuquerque, Gary established One Community Auto, LLC, in 2013, a car dealership and auction company with a social mission to help nonprofits sell donated vehicles and raise funds to support their organizational missions of helping others. He knew it was his calling after helping the VIC fix up and sell an old Camaro that garnered over $4,000 to help homeless Veteran families. The company currently supports over 50 local charities and believes that giving back starts with his own community.

Mr. Peterson was the SBA’s New Mexico Veteran Business of Year for 2018.  He was also recipient of the 2018 IVMF Vets Small Biz Challenge Award for best social venture. Additionally, he was also selected as the 2017 America’s Small Business Champion by SCORE.

Gary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Education and Training from Southern Illinois University, and attended executive education at Purdue and Louisiana State University.

Gary brings his innovation, commitment to Veteran families and his desire to give back as a Board member since 2019.