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Nine Elms has a small but passionate team who, together, seek to further the growth of every company who collaborates with Nine Elms.
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Donald L. Peterson
Chairman of the Board
Donald L. Peterson

Chairman of the Board


Liese S. Peterson
Chief Executive Officer
Liese S. Peterson

Chief Executive Officer


International Scope. Quality Innovation.

The economy may fluctuate, leadership may change, and policies may evolve, but North America remains an ideal expansion market for international companies. Diversified industries, large consumer engagement, and huge profit potential all contribute to the allure of the US and Canada in particular. Access to such opportunities, however, is never easy, and for many smaller companies, it can be impossible.

We understand industry access.

From the top, down, Nine Elms is comprised of industry experts who have worked in mining, energy, food, beverage, manufacturing, and oil. But the task in any industry is the same – find the right people, make the right contacts, create collaboration, buy-in, and ultimately growth which benefits everyone involved. Decades of experience in the global marketplace gives us the necessary contacts and know-how to carve out space for small international companies in any industry, here in the North American market. Our expertise paired with the innovative products of our clientele equals results, every time.

Founded in 2014 by veteran accounting, finance, operations and business development specialists Donald and Liese Peterson, Nine Elms has grown into a company staffed by handpicked associates engaged in making the Nine Elms dream a reality for our clients: expansion into the North American market more quickly, with less investment, and better return than could be possible otherwise. We work with small companies because we believe access to the US and Canada should be an opportunity available to all international business with a will to do so, no matter their size.

Karla Ely

Director of Operations

Karla Ely is a broad-based professional with 20+ years of experience in purchasing, estimating, construction management and production.  She began her career as one of the first female apprentices with IBEW #357 in Las Vegas, NV.

Having worked in nearly every facet of the construction trade, she is keenly aware of where “the best laid plans” can go awry. Karla has an eye for detail and is scrupulous in monitoring processes to ensure that our commitments to clients remain steadfast. She consistently wins praise from clients who value her commitment to their needs and her drive to achieve the best.

Keli Migwi

Marketing and Research Manager

Keli Migwi uses her extensive background in design, technology, and customer service to provide quality solutions for Nine Elms and its clients. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Spelman College, where she received the title of Salutatorian and membership into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Her skill-set includes 15+ years of writing, copyediting, and a penchant for languages. Event planning, training in HR, and office management round out the repertoire Keli brings to her position at Nine Elms.

Nathan Wilson

Business Development Manager, Europe and Africa

Nathan Wilson is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University’s Ancell School of Business, where he received a degree in Business Administration-Small Business Entrepreneurship.

Nathan’s degree makes him uniquely suited for his work with Nine Elms Development. In his role as Business Development Manager he is called on to do research, attend trade shows, travel, and assist with account management. He has been a marked asset to the Nine Elms team, where his ability to quickly engage prospects and create new and sincere relationships has opened additional opportunities for Nine Elms, both at home and abroad.