Tonn Petersen joined Ball Ventures Ahlquist as VP of Development in January 2019. Tonn directs the entitlement process for all new projects and serves as BVA’s designated government liaison responsible for interfacing and working with city officials through the annexation, zoning and platting processes. Before joining BVA, Tonn enjoyed a successful career as an attorney working for both a regional and a national law firm. During that time Tonn specialized in complex commercial litigation and represented a number of Fortune 500 Companies in high stakes, multi-million dollar litigation, including Wal Mart, Walgreens, Hilton Hotels and Daimler Chrysler Corporation. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Economics from Utah State University in 2001, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2005. The combination of Tonn’s extensive legal and business background uniquely qualifies him to oversee the entitlement of commercial real estate and to drive BVA’s projects efficiently across the finish line, thereby maximizing overall profitability for investors, partners and tenants.
Tonn is fiercely competitive and enjoys participating in an array of outdoor and athletic activities. He lives by a simple mantra – “win each day.” He is also passionate about coaching youth sports and enjoys spending time with his five boys, always looking for opportunities to instill in them the traits that have served as the foundation for his life – a sense of duty, dedication and determination.
In his free time Tonn serves as an ecclesiastical leader for his church. But above all, Tonn enjoys spending time with his cherished wife and best friend, Jami.