CFO + CO-FOUNDER, THE GATHERING SPOT
TK Petersen is the co-founder and CFO of The Gathering Spot, a private membership network that serves as a hub for collaboration, connections and experiences; the Vice President of Greenwood, a digital banking services platform for Black and minority individuals and businesses; and a principal at A3C, a music, tech and film conference and festival.
With a mission to create a world where opportunity is the byproduct of community and collaboration, He and his business partner raised private capital from investors to open their first Gathering Spot location. The renowned Atlanta based club has established itself as a home for Atlanta’s creative class, business professionals, and entrepreneurs. It is well known for highlighting giants in the city and regularly hosting some of Atlanta’s most memorable and culturally poignant events.
Under TK’s leadership, the club has achieved strong financial growth and become known for delivering best in class experience for its members, clients, and corporate customers. Responsible for the company’s overall management, operations, and financial growth across all holdings, TK has led the club’s physical expansion to Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and forthcoming markets, as well as the digital expansion of the company’s platform TGS Connect.
In 2022, The Gathering Spot was acquired by Greenwood, Inc, creating the largest fintech and community platform for Blacks and minorities with a combined community of over 1 million people. The companies share a mission of closing the wealth gap for minorities through community building, entrepreneurship, group economics and wealth building. This partnership represents a historic move as one of the few black-on-black M&A transactions at scale.
TK’s commitment to community building has led to numerous acknowledgments. He and his business partner were awarded and honored by Atlanta Magazine, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Root 100, and Ebony Power 100. The Mayor of Atlanta honored TK and his business partner with the prestigious Phoenix Award, in celebration of The Gathering Spot’s 6 year anniversary. They have also been featured in notable national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The New York Times, Essence, Forbes, Inc, Black Enterprise, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Huffington Post, and USA Today.
TK is an active member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and he proudly serves his community as a board member of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Harvard Diversity Project, and Re:imagine/ATL. TK earned a dual degree in Finance and Accounting from Georgetown University, and he currently resides happily in Atlanta, Georgia.