JP Peterson is a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy and the US Naval Academy, where he earned a degree in Systems Engineering. 

He served in the US Navy for more than 17 years, starting in submarines as a nuclear missile guidance technician. After graduating from the Naval Academy he served as a P-3 Orion Navigator, Tactical Coordinator, Mission Commander, and Master Training Specialist.

He has been involved with education, IT Infrastructure, IT Service Delivery, and project management for the past 25 years. JP has served as  Senior PM at SNL Financial, Director of Quality and Vendor Management with Relocation Strategies Tampa, Project Management Certification Developer with OSP International, and currently, Director of Integration & Project Management at Women’s Care Florida.

JP is the President of the PMI Tampa Bay chapter, proudly serving 1800+ members and partners. John previously served as the VP of Professional Development, and director of PMP Prep, where he personally motivated, guided and mentored hundreds of students over the past five years. 

A passionate agilest, JP originally learned Agile Scrum from Jeff Sutherland, the co-developer of Agile Scrum and an author of the Agile Manifesto. He also helped introduce Lean at SNL Financial, where he was one of the first to be certified as a Lean Enterprise Facilitator. More recently, JP has led the charge for a growing Agile program in the Tampa Bay PMI chapter, introducing the new Agile Development Day and a new PMI-ACP prep course.

John has been a featured speaker at national and regional conferences for data center infrastructure, IT best practices, educational technology, project management certification, and business leadership. He was the founder of the Charlottesville TechTour, enabling hundreds of students annually to tour technology workplaces and envision careers in non-traditional fields. He is deeply committed to teaching and mentoring, always with humor, energy, and a personal touch.

JP is happily married with four children ages 20-38 and lives in Valrico Florida. His passions are teaching, mentoring, family, sailing, tennis, volleyball, travel, cooking, photography, storytelling, and giving back.

His certifications include the PMP, Lean Enterprise Facilitator, ITIL, Master Training Specialist, Small Boat Sailing Instructor, Private Pilot, and Scuba Diver.

  JP Peterson