is pictured here with two good friends in Africa. Pete
was born into an Army family. Both grandfathers were army
officers. His uncle and father graduated from West
Point, two other uncles saw combat in WWII as officers and an
aunt served as a WAC captain. After years travelling from post
to post as an "army brat," Pete also attended West Point and graduated in
He saw combat duty in Vietnam with the
173rd Airborne Brigade and served as an 8" SP battery commander
in XVIII Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, NC. At Bragg he also spent a
year with the JFK Center for Military Assistance.
He resigned his army
commission in 1974 to go sailing with his wife Camilla and oldest
child Kelcey. Kelcey was only 11 days old when she spent her
first night onboard their boat.
From 1975 through
1979 he worked for Ford Motor Company in a variety of positions
based in Jacksonville, FL and Oakland, CA.
He purchased his
first automobile dealership in 1980 in Seattle, WA. From 1980 to
2007 he owned and operated or managed automobile businesses
primarily based in the Pacific Northwest. He sold his last
dealership in January of 2006.
He and his wife
Camilla have three children, Kelcey, Lisa and Peter of whom they
are very proud.
Here are some tidbits
from his life that have to do with the creation of Jake Driver.
Pete is probably the
only West Point cadet to ever have owned and sailed his own
cruising boat on the Hudson River while still a cadet. In the
spring of 1969, when many of his classmates bought Mustangs and
Corvettes, Pete bought a little ocean going British built
twin-keeled sloop called an Alacrity. It was the first in a
long line of boats he and Camilla have owned and sailed. He even
sailed it to Bimini and back just before going to Vietnam. The
highlight of Pete's sailing career was a transatlantic sail he
made aboard his good friend Graham Kerr's boat. He and Camilla
now spend part of each year cruising aboard their CT 47 Ketch,
Nele Von Kiel.
He began his martial
arts training in high school at the Pentagon Athletic Club,
studying Tae Kwon Do as part of Jhoon Rhee's Washington based
organization. At West Point he continued training and
teaching Tae Kwon Do. He competed
at the black belt level intercollegiately against Brown, NYU,
Boston College, Cornell, Rutgers and other college teams under Grandmaster Duk Son Sung's New York City organization (later the World Tae
Kwon Do Association).
He and Camilla are
founding officers of the US non-profit organization, the
Lion Foundation, which seeks to protect and preserve
wild animals and habitat. Much of their efforts are channeled
through an organization called
Enkosini Eco Experience their
daughter Kelcey runs which
supports the efforts of fifteen individual conservation projects
scattered throughout South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. (go
to Philanthropy link)