Chief Operations Officer
Lance Pederson has been with Fairway America since its inception in 2008 as the successor to Fairway Commercial Mortgage. As Chief Operations Officer as well as a principal of the Company, Mr. Pederson brings an extensive background in leadership, administration, financial management, IT, and operations.
Prior to joining Fairway, he was co-founder and CEO of Convergence Networks, a cutting-edge IT managed services provider which was recognized as one of the fastest-growing and best places to work in Oregon. In growing this startup company to several million dollars in revenue, Mr. Pederson learned many critical lessons in running and growing a business and how to operate a successful company. From financial modeling to project management to hiring and managing the right people, Mr. Pederson was deeply involved in all aspects of the growth of Convergence prior to his successful exit. He is a passionate learner and teacher, enjoying articles, books, and discussions on management, marketing, and operational excellence with peers and colleagues.
Mr. Pederson has an in-depth knowledge of Lean principles, Six Sigma, and other business process improvement frameworks. He is also a dedicated practitioner of a “finance-centric” approach to business management and continually cultivates automated systems to provide real time feedback to assist in company (and Client) strategic decision making. These strengths along with a deep understanding of technology make him a vital member of Fairway’s leadership team and an outstanding and unique resource to our mortgage pool Fund clients’ business operations..
Mr. Pederson was actively involved in Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs, from 2005 to 2012. He served on the chapter board as the Communications Chair, Accelerator Chair, and was the President in 2008-2009.