Mark St. Peter

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CEO and managing director of Computing Source in Southfield. Computing Source is a digital evidence and legal support firm with several offices in Michigan, Chicago, and elsewhere. In his role, St. Peter develops and executes the company’s strategic vision, oversees long–term growth, and manages day–to–day operations. He got his first paying job using computers in high school and dropped out of the University of Michigan to do computer work full time. He founded Computing Source in 2001 and has spent the past 13 years developing the firm into the largest provider of legal support services in Michigan. The company grew in 2013 from approximately 20 to more than 100 team members, opened its second office in downtown Detroit as well as new offices in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Chicago. It acquired the demonstrative evidence and trial presentation firm Evidence Express in Birmingham and more than doubled its service offerings. In May, Computing Source acquired Southfield–based MuniDeals. The firm’s “Giving Back One Month at a Time” donation campaign selects a nonprofit each month to which the company donates a portion of its earnings. In addition to his work with Computing Source, St. Peter regularly serves as a third–party expert witness for law firms, corporate counsel, and in court. He is a certified computer examiner, a certified fraud examiner, and an associate member of the American Bar Association.

WHERE BORN: “Detroit.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “Four men who were clients I worked for over the years – Dave Kranker, Bob Puskas, Don Chinn, and Doug Kapnick. My heroes taught me about business and everything I know.”

LAST BOOK READ: “I usually have two or three going. The last one finished was Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? by Louis Gerstner, Jr. The former chairman of IBM wrote about no matter how big a company is, it can have fresh ideas.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Energetic, eclectic, eccentric.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “I have enormous hopes for the industry. In the legal service community, more evidence is becoming digital with computers and phones, and the field will grow with it. Lawsuits will always be a fact of life, and lawyers need help to shepherd digital information through the process of litigation. Also, the courts are trying to make the process more digital and efficient.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My cufflinks – one is a USB drive and one has Wi–Fi.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “I’ve had the good fortune to go to a good many places but my favorite is Northern Michigan. It’s like a different country that’s just a few hours away.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “I like to play chess and am fascinated with music and art. I try to hone a new language or get to new music when I have time.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Brussel sprouts – my mom makes them the best.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “I have a lot of stamina and willpower, so I get underestimated a lot. On the funnier side, I can enter any store and pick out the most expensive thing.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “‘Young at heart.’ There’s a song of the same name by Frank Sinatra and every word means something to me. It’s how I want to be remembered.”

At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.