the condition of having or being composed of differing elements : the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization
the quality of having no limits or end : the quality of being infinite : a space, amount, or period of time that has no limits or end : a very great number or amount
on or to the farther part or side : to or until a later time : in addition
When you put the words diversity, infinity and beyond together, you come up with Peter Selber for many reasons. When we sat down with Peter Selber, we were immediately impressed with this young man. At the age of 30, he is mature, thoughtful, well-spoken, funny, engaging, and a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He makes you feel as if you have known him forever from the first moment you sit down with him. He is a successful business owner, a husband, a mentor for the Shapiro chapter of BBYO and a change maker.
Peter Selber grew up in the Jewish Community in Houston, going to the Shlenker School and to Bellaire High School. Like all of us, Peter didn’t have the smoothest transitions growing up. He struggled with some ADHD and he got mixed up with kids that didn’t have his back. But, in the end, he sat down and looked at his life and asked himself some hard questions and turned his life around. He pulled himself together at the very end of High School and went to St. Edwards for college and joined the Kappa Alpha Fraternity as a Sophomore.
He was one of 3 to 5 Jewish guys in his pledge class that swore to uphold principles such as, ‘to emulate the ideal Christian gentleman and in so doing recognize the importance of having a deep reverence for God,’ which didn’t bother this Jewish boy at all or take away from his Jewish identity. What he loved about the Fraternity was that at the heart of KA is service to those in need, and what he learned from being a KA was to be a leader in his community life and to lead with humility and integrity. Having this diversity in his life has brought him friends from all walks of life that he cherishes and experiences that he will never forget.
Infinity Power Partners
In a nutshell, Peter and his partner, Nick Altman, broker electricity and natural gas. If you have a business, they will go out there and negotiate the best rate, service and terms for that product. He and Nick started Infinity Power Partners 4 years ago, and it has been a wild ride that Peter doesn’t want to get off. Peter started out in business as a land man running title for mineral rights and then was an intern at another Energy company, and worked his way up for three years before venturing out with his current partner. During his three month non-compete, Peter and Nick put their entire infrastructure into place to be up and running as soon as his non-compete was over.
Infinity Power Partners has grown to a group of about 8 employees and what makes them in such hot demand? They believe in transparency with their fees. They are also such a strong player in the energy field because of the philanthropic and green nature of the business model that they are building. They do sponsorship work with Discovery Green and Holocaust Museum Houston by helping them negotiate long term contracts and they are also experts on LEED power. They believe in giving back to the community just as much as they have gotten from the community.
Although Peter isn’t anywhere near ready for kids, we did discuss it, as he is Jewish and his wife is not. We wanted to know what that looked like for them as a couple and what and how they planned to handle it down the road.
I don’t think religion is who you are. It’s having a good value system and understanding right from wrong and surrounding your child with love and showing them diversity. This is what the world looks like.
There is a God. And we both like the familial aspect of Judaism, but we both see the beauty in each religion, mine and hers. In the end, if the child is happy, then that is the most important thing.
Diversity, Infinity & Beyond
Don’t be afraid to try new things, be yourself and learn from the experiences. Show respect to your parents. Learn right from wrong. Figure out what makes you happy and focus on those things.
Peter Selber, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves and this is why we think you are #justvibing!