Peter Cuneo was born during WWII at Alameda Naval Air station in California where his father was a Navy Officer. His family followed his father through numerous military assignments associated with World War II and the Korean War. Before age 10, Cuneo lived in Pensacola, Florida; Seattle, Washington; San Diego, California; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Peter’s family settled in Queens, New York in the 1950’s. His father eventually retired as a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department. His mother was one of the first modern emergency medical technician ambulance attendants in New York City.
He graduated in 1967 with a B.S. degree in Glass Science (Ceramic Engineering) from Alfred University. He has served on the Board of Trustees at Alfred since 1990 and after six years as its Chairman, was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in 2013.
Post-graduation, after a year working as a quality control engineer for Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation, he entered the U.S. Navy- graduating with honors from Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Cuneo served two tours in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War achieving the rank of lieutenant. He was Damage Control Officer and then Communications Officer on the USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) a guided missile destroyer. The Strauss participated in several deployments during the Vietnam War.
After active service with the Navy, he received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He received first year academic honors and was President of the International Business Club.
Peter was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2016.
Many of Peter’s past and present business interests involve investments and markets in China. Peter has made over 50 trips to Asia since 1983.
Peter has made numerous speeches on turnaround leadership throughout the world. He has often appeared on business- oriented cable television.