Peter J. Nowak

President/CEO, Nowak Enterprises, Inc. (Pensacola)

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For the past 23 years, Mr. Peter Nowak of Nowak Enterprises, Inc. (NEI) has owned and operated McDonald’s restaurants in Pensacola. Beginning with two in 1991, Mr. Nowak expanded to six: the largest number of McDonald’s owner/operator stores in the Pensacola area.

Besides building a business that employs over 300 people, Peter Nowak developed and co-designed a unique system as a way to better communicate with NEI employees. L3 is a web-based software tool that provides a variety of video messages to all NEI employees, on-demand, while they are at hand washing stations. L3 also interfaces with desktop, laptop, and mobile device applications.

Because he is committed to helping young children learn, Peter donated L3s and educational content to Escambia County’s Oakcrest Elementary school. First graders used L3s to reinforce spelling and vocabulary lessons.

L3’s early childhood benefits have been presented to statewide educators. He is currently working on an L3 pilot project with Pensacola Mayor, Ashton Hayward; Peter donated L3s and pre-K educational content to be used in a new community center.

Peter also funded and completed a pilot project with Escambia County’s Early Learning Coalition. L3s and instructional content were donated to help four-year-olds prepare for school. Voluntary pre-K teachers used L3s to reinforce curriculum essentials: phonics, math/science concepts, etc.

As regional co-chair of Escambia County’s members of The Children’s Movement of Florida, Peter believes helping Florida’s parents and young children is a cost effective way to improve the state’s workforce and business climate.

Membership in other organizations include the Board of Directors and Governor’s Board for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida, the Advisory Board of the Pensacola Young Professionals, and past President of the Optimist Club of North Pensacola. Peter is a long time tennis player who has supported high school tennis and sponsored youth and adult tournaments.

Originally from New York, Peter is married to Bronagh Nowak; the Nowaks have three children: Millicent, John, and Elizabeth.