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Peter F. Secchia, forest products executive, former United States ambassador to Italy.


Secchia, Peter F. was born on April 15, 1937 in Englewood, New Jersey, United States. Son of Charles P. and Valerie Margaret (Smith) Secchia.


Bachelor of Science in Economics, Michigan State University, 1963. HHD (honorary), Michigan State University, 1997. Associate of Arts (honorary), Grand Rapids Community College, 1993.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Grand Valley State University, 1990. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Davenport College, 1993. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Cooley Law School, 1993.


United States Ambassador to Italy, 1989—1993. Positions through vice president sales Universal Forest Products, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1962—1971, chairman, president, Chief Executive Officer, 1971—1989, chairman, 1993. Chairman River City Food Company.

Managing partner SIBSCO LLC. Served to sergeant United States Marine Corps, 1956-1959.


In modern culture the ability to make decisions and choose our own path in life has extremely high value. But through the faith we voluntarily surrender to God in love and joy.


Church should be involved into political life by organizing delegations to party conferences.


Bible is the source of inspirational stories, gospels, letters, hymns, songs, prayers, and poetry that drives wisdom and creativity of all Christians over time and across the world.


Member executive committee Gerald R. Ford Foundation, past chairman endowment committee. Trustee Bush Presidential Library. Foundation, James A. Baker III Institute Public Policy, Rice University, John Cabot University, Rome.

Michigan delegate Republican National Convention, 1976, 1980, 1984. Member Republican National Committee, 1980—1989, vice chairman Midwest region, 1984—1989. Co-chairman Dole for President National Campaign, 1995—1996.

Member of Council of America Ambassadors.


Married Joan Peterson, 1964. Children: Mark, Charles, Sandra, Stephanie.

Charles P. Secchia

Valerie Margaret (Smith) Secchia

Joan Peterson

Mark Secchia

Charles Secchia

Sandra Secchia

Stephanie Secchia