The Wayzata Conservancy Board of Directors has selected Peter Hitch as its new Executive Director. Beginning in February; Peter will be serving with Blake Sandvold who has assumed the role of Chair after Andrew Mullin stepped down after serving his full three year term as Executive Chair.

“Peter is a well known community leader in the greater Lake Minnetonka area and we are thrilled that he is stepping into a leadership role to implement the Lake Effect plan to implement Panoway on Wayzata Bay.”, said Blake Sanvold. Growing up in a family dedicated to community service inspired him to volunteer much of his time coaching many youth sports and helping non-profits in the area. Among those are the Minnesota Children’s Museum, YMCA Camp Warren and the Blake School. Most residents know that James J. Hill Days has grown to the most successful family festival in the area while he has been a part of its development team.

“I am excited to bring my corporate experience and skills in non-profit management to my work at Panoway to help build the vision for greater Lake Minnetonka,” Peter said. “My wish is to continue to improve this as a great place to live and raise a family or visit and enjoy while learning about the area.”

Said Sandvold, “Peter knows Lake Minnetonka and has a vested interest in the future of this area coupled with a deep desire to uphold the integrity and beauty of our community. He isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and get to work. He possesses a kind, open-minded and excited energy that we can’t wait to share with all of our community partners on this important work.”