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Peter Kreisel ’61, P’91

Peter lives in Burlington, VT with his wife, a retired teacher.  He holds a BA in Economics from Trinity College, Hartford, CT and an MBA in Managerial Accounting from Columbia University.  In 1998 he was designated Accredited in Business Valuation by the AICPA.   He served for six years in the US Army Reserve.

Kreisel has held various positions in the field of corporate financial management for over 20 years, starting as a financial analyst for NBC.  This was followed by a term as internal auditor for Westvaco, a Fortune 500 paper company, where he participated in operational/financial audits for nearly 4 years at most of the company’s 20 plant locations.  Subsequently following, Kreisel spent 5 2 years as an Ass’t Commissioner in New York City’s Dept. of Ports and Terminals, where he was in charge of all financial functions.  He spent nearly 2 years as Director of Administration for a large shirt manufacturer and was heavily involved in all aspects of manufacturing accounting.  Moving to Vermont in 1977, he served as Controller for C.R. Wood Corp. and Pedigree, USA before becoming Treasurer of Vermont Structural Steel in 1979.  In 1984, he formed Peter Kreisel & Company (later, Kreisel, Segear & Company) to bring CFO/controllership and accounting services to businesses not requiring the commitment of a full-time CFO, firms in the $500,000 to $15,000,000 sales range.  He built the firm from a concept, with no prospective clients or revenues, into a practice with 135 consulting and accounting clients, 5 CPA employees and revenues in the mid-six figures; the firm was sold in December, 2001.  In 2002 Kreisel returned to individual practice under the name of Peter Kreisel, LLC., a consultancy providing outsourced CFO services to small business.  While still somewhat professionally active, he is semi-retired.

Kreisel has served as President of the Vermont Society of CPA’s, and Treasurer and Vice President of the Vermont Mozart Festival.  He is a former advisory Director of JBI Jogbra, Inc.  A former member of the Vermont Business Roundtable, he sat on its Board of Directors; earlier, as a member of the Roundtable’s education committee, he chaired a sub-committee studying teacher compensation.  He chaired the advisory board of the Vermont School Leadership Project, a program of the Snelling Center for Government.  In June, 1998, he was appointed by the Governor to a Blue Ribbon Commission on controlling Vermont’s special education costs.   Kreisel represented the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Alliance of Lake Champlain Chambers of Commerce, which he chaired in 1990, and from 1991 to 2012 served on the Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on the Future of Lake Champlain, a gubernatorial appointment; he was also a gubernatorial appointee to the state’s Human Resources Investment Council.  As a four-decade member of the Lake Champlain chamber, he served three years as chair of its Regional Affairs committee.  He has been treasurer of the Lund Family Center, currently serving on their finance committee, and the Vermont Center for the Book.   He has solicited other CPA’s on behalf of the United Way.   Kreisel has taught continuing education courses in corporate controllership and small business consulting to other CPA’s under the auspices of the Vermont Society of CPA’s; he taught FastTrac courses in entrepreneurial new ventures and business planning under the auspices of the Vt. Small Business Development Center.  Additionally, he was a peer advisor in the financial area for the Peer to Peer Collaborative.

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