Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta is an organization built on the principle that relationships have the power to create positive change. Our 2018 Founder’s Award recipient, Peter Lauer, has made a lasting positive impact on our agency, and on the youth of Metro Atlanta, by embodying the spirit of our agency’s core ideals and values.
The V. Thomas Murray Founder’s Award is given in memory of the founder of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, V. Thomas Murray. This award is given each year to a person who has gone above and beyond in contributing to the success and growth of our agency.
Peter is a Pittsburgh native who moved to Atlanta in 2002. He has served as the Interim President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. Peter is the Managing Partner of PEL Ventures, and also serves on the Boards of the Bobby Dodd Institute, the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta, and the Advisory Board for the Georgia Region of Iberia Bank. He is a past Board Member of the Atlanta Technology Angels (ATA), as well as Cherokee Town & Country Club.
Trained as a Mechanical Engineer from Lehigh University with an MBA from Harvard, Mr. Lauer’s core passion is in all things technical. He’s spent time in hundreds of factories over the years, making everything from turbines and naval nuclear pumps, to cars and bowling balls.
Peter and his wife Liz have three children. In his spare time, Peter competes in and promotes the great sport of platform tennis and founded the Peachtree Paddle League in 2005. He is also an avid reader of non-fiction with an emphasis in political economics.
Congratulations, Peter! Thank you for the remarkable contributions you’ve made to our mission!
The Legacy Awards Gala honors those Atlanta community leaders who have made significant contributions to their professions and the community. This prestigious black-tie event honors individuals who act as role models, guiding the way for others. The 2018 Legacy Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, September 22, at The St. Regis Atlanta.
Proceeds from the 24th Annual Legacy Awards will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s mission of providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.