Peter R. Worrell

“Pete is simply the most focused person I know.”

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Pete has actively led engagements achieving the professional and personal goals of Bigelow clients for over twenty-five years. He has a particular interest in the intersection of positive psychology and finance and its relevance to building enterprise value in the private transaction market.  His efforts go to the practical application of the insights drawn from these disciplines to improve decision making in the owner-manager domain of risk.  He is known as a thought leader on the art of building sustaining enterprise value for all stakeholders in private owner-managed organizations.

Pete is the author of Enterprise Value: How the Best Owner-Managers Build Their Fortune, Capture Their Company’s Gains, and Create Their Legacy. Some recent research articles he has authored or co-authored include Entrepreneur Strengths Study: Results from a Preliminary Study of the Character Strengths and Grit-S Scales of Seasoned Entrepreneurs; and The Decisions of Entrepreneurs and Their Agents: Revealed Levels of Risk Aversion and Betrayal Aversion.

Pete is personally committed to private, not-for-profit social sector solutions to community problems as an alternative to public sector involvement. He has a special interest in increasing access to higher education.

His higher ed sector leadership has included Chair of the Board of Trustees of Saint Michael’s College, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Landing School of Boat Building & Design, and Member of the Board of Trustees of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Pete is also a member of the Board of Directors of several privately-owned companies.

Pete earned the degree of Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration from Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Michael’s College. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Saint Michael’s College.

Pete & his spouse, a family physician, frequently alternate between their home in the Out Islands of the Bahamas and New England. They are restless cruising sailors and have left a wake from Newfoundland and Labrador to the West Indies, in the South Pacific, Ireland, the sub-Antarctic, New Zealand, and the U.K. so far. He is dedicated to high performance physically and cognitively, and powering rejuvenation/recovery methods using cold therapy like the Wim Hof method, holotropic breathing and TM.  Pete is FINRA licensed Series 7, 24, 63, 79.

Character Strengths

  • Zest, enthusiasm, and energy
  • Curiosity and interest in the world
  • Industry, diligence, and perseverance
  • Love of learning
  • Perspective