Peter Kirk, Chairman
ODP chairman Peter Kirk loves to tell about the origins of his baseball ownership philosophies. Stories about a chance encounter with Walt Disney. About the day he was sitting in an old ballpark and began to ponder the idea of building a new facility-one which considered fan amenities first.
With Peter, customer service-from the moment fans purchase tickets and enter the stadium grounds until they head home-is paramount. His mission is to put smiles on fans' faces as they leave a ballpark, whether the team has won or lost. It's not about meeting their expectations; it's about exceeding them.
Peter is one of the best-known owners in minor league baseball. He served two terms as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the governing body of minor league baseball and chaired its Finance and double-A expansion committees. He also served as a member of the 14-person Professional Baseball Executive Committee that governed Major League/Minor League Baseball in the absence of a commissioner following the departure of Commissioner Fay Vincent in 1993. He has consulted with numerous Major League and minor league clubs and for communities worldwide seeking to obtain minor league teams.
Peter holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a law degree from George Washington University. He has served on the boards of the Maryland State Special Olympics and the Babe Ruth Museum. He also has experience in commercial real estate development and public transportation prior to his involvement in baseball.
He resides in Annapolis, Md., with his wife Louise, two of his four children and their golden retriever.