Leadership Berks

The Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to Leadership Berks program alumna/alumnus in recognition for distinguished volunteer service and support of Leadership Berks programs. The award recipient’s personal and professional accomplishments exemplify excellence in leadership at work, extraordinary commitment to community engagement, and service to others.


Distinguished Alumnus: Peter M. Butera, ’04

A Senior Vice President-Wealth Management and Wealth Management Advisor, Peter M. Butera joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Bank of America Corporation 28 years ago. 

Peter concentrates his work on advising high-net-worth individuals, business owners and corporate executives. A member of the Butera Jordan Bender Group, Peter is dedicated to creating custom strategies to help clients achieve their goals including income management, investments, retirement planning, wealth transfer, and estate planning services.

Prior to his tenure with Merrill Lynch Peter practiced as a CPA in public accounting for three years and is an honors graduate of the University of Scranton, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting,

Butera remains active professionally as a member of the Estate Planning Council of Berks County, maintains his Certification as an Investment Management Analyst through the Investment Management Consultants Association since 2007.

Since graduating from Leadership Berks in 2004, Peter has served Leadership Berks as a Community Ambassador by recruiting students for the program and providing board or committee placement opportunities with organizations he serves.  Peter has also remained actively engaged in serving the Olivet Boys and Girls Club as a volunteer Kiss-A-Pig candidate and Chair of the Club’s Steak and Burger Dinner. As a leader, Peter has been an active member of the Club’s Board of Directors, having served as Board Treasurer, Vice President of Development and Fundraising, Vice President of Board Development, member of the CEO search committee, and currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  His commitment to personal and professional excellence and his record of service to the community make him an ideal recipient for the Leadership Berks Distinguished Alumni Award.

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