Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Iowa State University in 1968. Served in the US Navy from 1969 to 1972. Named Chief Engineer of Peterson Engineers in 1976. Bequeathed ownership by Carlyle W. Peterson, company founder on July 1, 2015.
Des Moines Host Lions Club since 1979., Substance Abuse Prevention Community Council of West Des Moines since 1986. Life-long member and active in church leadership at Grace Lutheran Church, Des Moines.