Eugene Peterson - Expert Witness & Xactimate Trainer

Areas of Expertise:

Expert Witness, Construction Consulting, Business Consulting, Xactimate™ Trainer, General Contruction, Remodeling and Renovation

A homebuilder, remodeler and restoration contractor for over 35 years, Mr. Peterson now provides expert witness services, as well as consulting and mentoring to construction industry businesses, such as cabinet manufacturers, general contractors, restoration and mitigation companies, across the United States and Canada. He helps business owners create and sustain a competitive advantage. He has served as an expert witness in over 300 cases and continues to provide litigation support and consult in areas of construction failures, contractual disputes, insurance claim disputes and estimates - particularly those involving Xactimate™. Other services that Mr. Peterson also provides include insurance appraisal, mitigation and umpire services.

He was a personal consultant and advisor to James Loveland, previous owner of Xactware™, Inc. and was a one of their first certified trainers to teach Xactimate™, which markets estimating software for insurance companies and mitigation and remodeling companies. He teaches and supports Xactimate™ to all levels of users all across the United States. He is continuously in demand and is called to perform expert witness duties for Xactimate™ related cases for both the plaintiff and defense sides. His expertise has been invaluable in numerous cases and has saved his clients millions of dollars.

Mr. Peterson is also a popular lecturer since 1985 and has been privileged to be speaker at Journal of Light Construction conventions, Remodelers Shows, National Association of Home Builders’ Conventions, Southern Builders’ Conference, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, Western Remodelers Conferences, Disaster Cleanup International Conferences, Disaster Restorers Canada , Disaster Restoration Contractor’s Conference & Trade Show, Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50, First General Services Annual Convention, Remodeling Leadership Conferences, Utah Builders Conferences, Gathering of Eagles, ASCR Conference (Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Repair), IMACC (Independent Mitigation and Cleaning/Conservation), Connections, and others.

He has lecturered frequently at colleges and universities such as Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Utah Valley Community College, Salt Lake Community College, Purdue University and the North Carolina State University.

He speaks and advises on a wide variety of strategic, business and marketing planning, including business fundamentals. A few of his favorite lecture topics include: “The Psychology of Persuasion”, “Motivating Employees Without Dollars”, “When a Good Job Goes Bad” and “How to Be Captain of Your Own Ship”.

Mr. Peterson is the recipient of several prestigious awards including: “Builder of the Year” from the State of Utah Home Builders Association (1998), one of the “Top 500 Remodeling Professionals” by Qualified Remodeler (1994), “Builder of the Year” from the Greater Salt Lake Home Builders Association (1992), and one of the “Big 50 Remodeling Contractors” by Remodeling Magazine (1988).

He also writes a monthly column for the California Contractor, a California trade construction trade newspaper.


  • 1998 “Builder of the Year” State of Utah Home Builders Association
  • 1994 “Top 500 Remodeling Professionals” Qualified Remodeler
  • 1992 “Builder of the Year” Greater Salt Lake Home Builders Association
  • 1988 “Big 50 Remodeling Contractors” Remodeling Magazine


  • Utah Home Builders Association
  • Greater Salt Lake Home Builders Association
  • Salt Lake Home Builders Association
  • Salt Lake Board of Realty
  • American Arbitration Association
  • State of Utah Licensing Board
  • Business Networks International