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About Us

The Peninsula Executives Association was founded in 1978 by leading business and professional people in the San Francisco Bay Area for the purpose of exchanging business and information leading to business between members through networking, educational meetings or sessions, and special programs and events.

Leading the way to new business

The Peninsula Executives Association was founded in 1978 by leading business and professional people in the San Francisco Bay Area for the purpose of exchanging business and information leading to business between members through networking, educational meetings or sessions, and special programs and events.

Thursday morning breakfast
A lot of eggs and orange juice.
We meet each Thursday morning for breakfast and a program that includes detailed educational or informative presentations about member businesses, trends or related topics (one short one and one longer one each week), a chance to exchange leads and the opportunity for all in attendance to introduce themselves and say a word about their business activities since the last meeting.
PEA Events
Open houses and social events
Members also host periodic open houses. This gives the rest of the members and guests a chance to see their natural habitat and gain a better understanding of their businesses, which leads to more effective referrals, and also better business operations or processes within the membership through this sharing of best practices. The occasional social event (San Jose Sharks hockey, holiday party, picnic) encourages interaction and makes the group more cohesive.
What’s Expected

PEA Members commit to

Show Up
You can’t build a network without being there. The success of the group depends on you coming to weekly breakfast meetings, to at least half of the evening open houses, to optional social events.
Give Leads
PEA exists to exchange business and information leading to business professionals that helps in building and strengthening a business. We expect you to patronize PEA members yourself and to refer others.
Educate Us
We want to know about your business so we can support it. You are expected to give periodic presentations about your business to the group.
Pay Your Dues
Paying your quarterly dues on time keeps the organization healthy.
Membership

We are a group of 70 (give or take) business owners and operators from a wide variety of backgrounds. A fundamental rule of the group is that there can be only one member per business classification. This encourages cooperation, avoids competition and results in a group that includes everything from an Accountant to a Web Designer (still looking for someone to fill the Zoologist classification) and many businesses in between. See the full member list. Our weekly meetings take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Palo Alto, and our members have locations up and down the greater San Francisco Peninsula.

How to Join
  • 1
    Sponsorship
    A current PEA member is your sponsor and refers you (based on your interest and their sense of your fit within the group) by completing an information form about you and your business.
  • 2
    Posting
    Your name is posted in the PEA newsletter for two weeks, allowing time for any members to raise possible objections.
  • 3
    Breakfast Meeting
    You are invited to visit with us at two breakfast meetings, so you can see us and we can see you.
  • 4
    Interview
    Someone from the Membership Committee interviews you.
  • 5
    Membership Committee Vote
    The Membership Committee votes to submit your information form to the Board for approval.
  • 6
    Board Vote
    The Board votes to approve your membership
  • 7
    Welcome!
    You pay your initiation fee, receive a welcome packet, and you're in.
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE SHERATON FOR THEIR ONGOING SUPPORT OVER THE MANY YEARS!
Sheraton Staff