Peter Walts

Peter Walts is the founder and CEO of Centropy Group, a new business catalyst and consulting firm focused on creating new value and client momentum through business development, strategic alliances, licensing, and transactions. The firm has industry experience spanning broad sectors such as: publishing, direct marketing, e-commerce, identity fraud/security, software development, retail and franchise development.

Peter is a highly energetic and successful business leader with diverse experience driving profitable growth in challenging, competitive and often volatile customer markets. A signature strength of his is the unique ability to assist clients in combining diverse assets and intellectual property into a coherent whole and then assuming the role of sales evangelist on their behalf for the resulting creation.

Prior to Centropy Group, Peter was the CEO of OfficeSupplies.com, a venture backed e-commerce company servicing vertical business markets to provide office products and services via the web, catalogs and a natural team of reps and distributors. Peter sold OfficeSupplies.com to Office Depot in late 2000.

Prior to OfficeSupplies.com, Peter was a co-founder of Successories, Inc. the worldwide leader in personal and professional development products. Peter played a key role in growing the business from its inception in 1990 to over $50 million dollars prior to his departure in 1999. As president of the company's retail division, Peter was instrumental in launching the company's franchise and corporate store rollouts, which quickly expanded to over 80 locations in the US, Canada, and Australia. As Senior Vice President of Business Development, he was responsible for implementing the company's licensing campaign, which included branded initiatives with Office Depot, Office Max, Viking Office Products and BT/Corporate Express. In addition, Peter established elaborate strategic relationships with Franklin Covey, Sky Mall, Borders/Waldenbooks and Target Stores. His leadership also brought Successories into new international markets such as Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Sweden, Singapore, South Africa and the Netherlands.

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