September 2nd Program
     Peter Provenzano is President & Chief Executive Officer of SupplyCore Inc.  He has led his family business' growth, which was founded by his father, to be one of the top 20 award-winning Small Business US Defense contractors.
     He has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and to hep shape policy.  He is a past chairman of the Small Business Advisory COmmittee for the General Services Administration (appointed by Congressman Donald Manzullo, IL-16) and has been welcomed to the Captains of Industry round table at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).  Peter is a strong supporter of the defense industry and founder of the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).  He champions small business participation in defense contracts as both primes and subcontractors.
     In 2012, Peter received the NDIA Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year Award for his leadership and strategic impact in the Defense industry.  Several organizations have recognized Peter for his service and contributions to Northern Illinois, including the Rockford Register Star (Excalibur Award in 2017) and Crusader Community Health (Spirit of Caring Award in 2018).
     In 2021, Peter was awarded Rockford Rotary's Service Above Self Award.  These are some of the remarks from that ceremony:
          It would be hard to find anyone who follows community development in Rockford, particularly downtown development, who has not heard the name of our next 2021 Service Above Self honoree….Mr. Peter Provenzano. Pete was nominated by Rotarian Jeff Fahrenwald.
     Here are just a few of the volunteer efforts Pete has been an important part of over the last several years…
              12 years with the Rock River Development Partnership
              Chair of the Madison Street Corridor Board for 8 years
              Over 5 years on the Riverview Ice House Expansion Team
              6 years on the Transform Rockford Steering committee
              5 plus years at the Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence
The list goes on and on.
     Pete has indeed put his time, talents and resources into efforts to benefit Rockford’s Urban Center. The most visible result of this focus is probably our City Market, an event nurtured by his efforts that has attracted some 100,000 visitors each season – truly a highlight of Rockford’s summer celebrations now entering its 12th year. Not content with outdoor success, our City Market is in the midst of expanding to the Indoor Market on Madison Street, much with the support and guidance provided by Pete
     As the Dad of a former youth hockey player, I’m personally grateful for his work in maintaining and improving the Riverview Ice House – where scores of kids will be exposed to figure skating and ice hockey – and some adults will somehow survive broomball on the small ice.
     Finally, Pete has been an advocate, donor and volunteer for the Rockford Public Library’s Career Online High School…a program which addresses our community’s need for pathways for achieving high school diplomas for non-traditional students. Just another example of his dedication to community advancement.
     This will be a most interesting program and one to invite a guest or prospective member.  You can also join via Zoom.
     Elise Cadigan will introduce our speaker and act as Rotary Host.