Eddie Peterson was formerly the Director for Mrs., Miss, and Teen California International® since 2007. He holds two Masters degrees in psychology and counseling. He is employed by The Desert Mountain Counseling Center where he is a clinical counselor running therapy groups and family counseling sessions for troubled adolescents and young adults. He has a private practice as well and speaks out as an advocate for children that have been abused. Eddie was on the Executive Committee for the International® Pageant system, presenting workshops on “Lifestyle Changes,” “How to be an Effective Communicator” and “Managing Life Beyond Beauty Pageants.” Eddie was a Star Search finalist in the Male Vocal category. Eddie was also named Entertainer of the Year in 2002 for Upcoming Talent in the regional competition out of 500 entrants.
A native Californian raised and educated in the Sacramento Valley, he is most proud of his Air Force family upbringing and the loving marriage of his parents of 50 years. Dennis enjoyed a 15 year career in banking in Los Angeles, climbing the corporate ladder of success from Teller and retiring as a Vice President and Employee of the Year with Washington Mutual. Owner of Crown & Corporate, a Premier West Coast Pageant Production and Coaching Company, he is a 34 year pageant veteran having served in the capacity as an Emcee, Coach, State Director, Producer, Mentor and Judge for hundreds of pageants throughout the United States, including work with the televised Miss USA Pageant. After 25 years with the Miss USA Organization, he continued to work as Executive Producer of the California International Pageants for 8 years from 2005-2012. As a member of the Executive Committee for the California International Pageants, he credits the success of 2 National Titleholders, 4 First Runner Ups and a host of Top 5 and Top 10 placements to the cutting edge coaching team of California. In July 2013, Dennis was honored to be an International Judge for the 2013 Mrs. International Pageant. In 2014, he will resume his role as the Executive Producer of the Mrs. California International Pageant. Dennis attributes his passion and success in pageantry to the many women who mentored him through years of education, politics and employment while nurturing many personal friendships along the way. Dennis enjoys his abundant and blessed life living in Rancho Mirage with his life partner Thomas.