Diversity Woman Magazine

SUM 2019

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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G rowing up, Elise Peters Carey observed her parents in their business endeavors when she would accompany them to work. She has a distinct memory as a 10-year-old of being at a branch of the Bank of North Carolina, where her father, Dr. Lenny Peters, was a founding member. Someone asked her, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" She emphatically answered, "I want to be a businesswoman!" even though she did not exactly know what that meant. Beyond watching her father build businesses (and her mother manage properties), "the other thing that was very formative for me as a child was a desire to excel and to push myself," she recalls. Today, Peters Carey, 33, oversees Peters Holdings' di- verse portfolio of subsidiar- ies operating within commer- cial real estate, health care, and financial services. Peters Carey is the president of Peters Development LLC, the company's primary real estate development and investment arm, which has completed over $100 million worth of real estate transactions mostly in North Carolina's Piedmont Triad region (including the three major cities of Greensboro, Winston- Salem, and High Point). In addition, she serves as president of Bethany Medical Center, a large independent provider of medical services in the Triad, which was founded in 1987 by her father, who serves as its CEO as well as CEO of Peters Holdings. d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S u m m e r 2 0 1 9 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 31 b y C a r o ly n M . B r o w n Since Peters Carey joined the company in 2017, Bethany Medical Center has grown, in- creasing the quantity of its providers from 30 to 48 and expanding the number of locations from three to seven, with plans for at least two more sites. "Within Bethany Medical Center, our focus has always been mission driven," she says. "We are open seven days a week. We accept all forms of insurance. We have later hours. at accessibil- ity has really spoken to the community." Assuming the position of president at Bethany Medical Center has been a large undertaking. "rough that role I help manage our seven loca- tions, our providers, and 300 employees provid- ing primary care, urgent care, and specialty care to thousands of patients," she says. "at could be anything from looking at a new location to bringing on new providers and staff to reviewing our current processes." e other businesses operated by Peters Hold- ings are Peters Medical Research and Kerala Capital Partners, a real estate private equity firm. Peters Medical Research, a group of health profes- sionals, provides a way for drug companies and individuals with certain medical conditions to test new products coming into the pharmaceutical industry. "We've also seen a need within the lab space for a local, minority-owned, independent refer- ence lab. With the additional needs for fast service and low cost, we've been able to provide that," Peters Carey says, further noting "our in- dependent clinical laboratory, LJP Lab, has also grown significantly." Under her leadership, Peters Development has increased its real estate portfolio, including the Photography by fabiocamarastudios.com

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