Pete Kadens is a leader in the American "Green Movement" and currently serves as the President of SoCore Energy, a fast growing, venture backed solar energy firm that was the first company to pioneer the rental of solar equipment to the masses. SoCore's customers include Walgreens, JC Penney, and Lowes stores. He co-founded the company with well known Bucknell alum, Glen Tullman, who is currently the CEO of Allscripts, the largest Electronic Medical Record company in the United States. Prior to SoCore Pete was the founder and CEO of Acquirent, an outsourced sales company that Pete and his team grew to be ranked the #1 outsourced sales company in the United States according to DataMonitor and The Black Book of Outsourcing. In his years as the founder and CEO of Acquirent, Pete was responsible for developing a client roster that included Staples, Sears, Midas, and Constellation Energy. Pete was elected as the President of the National Association of Sales Outsourcers in 2007 by his peers and served in that capacity until leaving the industry in early 2008. In addition to Acquirent and SoCore Energy, Pete is also an owner of a motivational speaking firm, Success Through Significance, and a venture backed internet recruiting business called Bounty Jobs, based in New York City.
Prior to founding Acquirent, Pete spent 3 years at the investment bank of UBS.
Pete has found unique ways to leverage his success to help others less fortunate and has made news headlines all over the world in the process. In 2008, Pete's efforts in the homeless community and personal crusade to save a victim of homelessness inspired one of the largest 48 hour fundraising efforts in US history for a homeless individual, and inspired thousands of people in the process.
Pete is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Streetwise Organization of Chicago, one of the largest homeless aid agencies in the country. He serves as a Director at The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois, where he was instrumental in raising $45 million to build the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, that opened in 2009. He is the Founder of Chicago Area Business Leaders (CABL), the Founder of the SaveTroy.com Campaign, Founder of the Holocaust Remembrance Board of Illinois, a Director at the US-India Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Bucknell Business Advisory Board. He holds a B.A from Bucknell University where he served as Interfraternity Council President. Pete, and his wife, Amy, reside in Chicago and have one daughter, Noa.
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