Martin Peters has been a resident of Del Mar and North County since 1976. He and his wife, Mary Alice, have two children, Christy and Alana.
Peters, a graduate of Loyola University, also did graduate work at USC, but then transferred to the American College in Bryn Mawr, Penn., where he received two degrees in 1975 and 1977.
Peters started with RCA in the late 1960s as a financial analyst and was promoted to the No. 2 bean counter in the West Coast Division. After a few years, he left and started his own firm, a pension plan administration firm in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. His investment firm, Peters Financial Services, has been in business since 1974 and has been affiliated with LPL Financial since 1986.
Since 1976 Peters has been a member of the Executive Board and Foundation Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. Also, he has served in the Rotary Club of Del Mar and has not only held all offices there, but also went on to serve at the Rotary district level for many years culminating as governor of this region of the world.
Recently, Peters was instrumental in arranging the funding and negotiations with the design review board in Del Mar to have the antique clock at the corner of 15th Street and Camino Del Mar.
What brought you to Del Mar?
I'm a native Southern Californian. My grandparents lived in San Diego. We would visit Del Mar often.
What makes Del Mar special to you?
The people and the beach - in that order.
If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in Del Mar?
The Winston School property for recreational use.
Who or what inspires you?
Men and women that I have served with here locally on the Boys & Girls Club board for more than 30 years and also the men and women in the Del Mar Rotary Club.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
Those mentioned above and those who gave their time, talent and treasure to our community.
What are you currently reading?
"Living Your Strengths" by Donald Clifton.
What is your most prized possession?
What do you do for fun?
Well, I pride myself on the fact that I was able to go to all of my daughters' soccer and volleyball games here as well as many of their games at Notre Dame and University of Michigan.
Describe your greatest accomplishment.
That is difficult to answer. First, my family. I've been married for 40 years and I have great adult children. Also, the fact that I have been a trusted financial advisor with the same firm for 39 years.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
The Rotary four-way test: "Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? When you ask these questions in your daily decisions, all works out for the benefit of all.