In 1990 following a short internship with the Minnesota Twins, David St. Peter hoped to receive a full-time job offer.
The baseball club came through with one, but there was a catch. The job was as store manager in one of the team’s suburban Twin Cities pro shops; St. Peter’s expertise was communication and marketing.
After mulling the offer over, St. Peter decided to accept. The move proved to be a wise one. Today, St. Peter, a Bismarck native and graduate of the University of North Dakota, serves as team president for the Twins. He shared the story of his journey from Bismarck to the big leagues with around 70 Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network members and guests during an Entrepreneurship Team roundtable event Thursday, Dec. 13, at Bismarck State College.
St. Peter offered advice such as learning to communicate well, particularly in writing, and working hard—even if those efforts take you down a path you would never imagine like St. Peter’s retail position. He also stressed one often has to make sacrifices to achieve his or her goals.
“It’s important to differentiate yourself,” he said.
By being active in the Young Professionals Network, St. Peter said members are already doing just that.
“I’m very impressed with what this group is all about,” he said to open his talk. “I commend everyone who is a part of this organization. Your involvement in the Network shows your commitment to better yourself.”
The roundtable closed with St. Peter taking questions on everything from his involvement in the construction of Target Field to who will play center field for the Twins in 2013 after the club traded away the two men who primarily filled the role the past two seasons.
St. Peter was happy to be back in his hometown, where his parents still live.
“The quality of life in Bismarck,” he said, “is second-to-none.”