2023 Conquering Kili Class
Clean Water Advocate
Pete Snyder is an innovator, serial entrepreneur and has been called a “disruptor” (first by his 3rd grade teacher but the name kind of stuck). A former Division One college wrestler, Pete grew up in rural Pennsylvania.
He started his first company at age 26, creating the world’s first and largest social media marketing company, New Media Strategies. One of the early pioneers of the social media industry, Pete helped build a winning company and winning culture at NMS, as the company was named one of the Fastest Growing Companies in America by Inc. Magazine for three consecutive years, and one of the “Best Places to Work” by Washingtonian. He was also named as one of the “Best Bosses in America” by Winning Workplaces.
After a successful exit at NMS, Pete launched Disruptor Capital. The company specializes in investing in entrepreneurs and ideas that seek to up-end the status quo and change the way industries — and even society — operates. Disruptor aims to help entrepreneurs with the minds, hearts, tenacity, and guts to build great companies, winning cultures, and new industries.
When the shutdowns related to COVID-19 put millions of small businesses and jobs at risk, Pete and his wife Burson wanted to help, so they created the non-profit VA 30 Day Fund to help save as many jobs in Virginia as possible. What started as a small idea in their community and home state soon spread to states across the nation.
Additionally, Pete and the 30 Day Fund helped to start the Barstool Fund, which operates under the 30 Day Fund umbrella. Over the past two years, the 30 Day Fund has raised nearly $50 million and has helped save more than 3,000 small businesses in America. It remains the largest COVID-related charity focused on helping small businesses and local communities.
Fun fact: Pete is a World Champion certified barbeque judge, an accreditation that was fact-checked and declared “100% true” by The Washington Post.
Pete resides with his wife Burson, daughter Bee, and their rambunctious pups Willie and Waylon, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Each new Conquering Kili class accepts the challenge to embark for the summit, a walk that represents the miles that many African women journey on a daily basis to fetch water for their families. While training for the climb, each team member works to raise funds and transform communities through the gift of clean water.