Board of Directors

Steven Hanson

Steve Hanson built one of the nation’s largest chains of community financial service centers over a 28-year period.  He served for 25 years as a director of Financial Service Centers of America, a national trade association with over 7000 members and has been a respected consultant in the financial service center industry.  He has also been involved in several successful real estate and small business ventures.  Steve became a Lightfleet shareholder in June of 2010.  Mr. Hanson holds a BS degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Utah.  He also passed the Uniform CPA exam in 1983.  Steve is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany in the early 1970’s and attained the rank of Captain.


John Peers

Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer

John Peers has more than 35 years of international business and technology experience. He was the founder of Logical Machine Corporation and then created ‘The Byte Shop’, one of the first successful chains of personal computer stores. His studies in human learning led him to a neurological emulations approach in computing, now better known as neural networking technology. In 1982 he founded Novix, Inc., which specialized in the design of high-speed microprocessors and software optimized for neural and massive parallel computing.   In 1997 he founded Xyron Corporation, a fabless semiconductor  company from which Lightfleet was spun off in 2003.


Gary R. Severson

Gary Severson has been a director since October 24, 2011.  During a distinguished career in the financial services industry, Mr. Severson held several key executive management positions including Executive Vice President of the Capital Markets Group for Security Pacific Bank and as Chairman of the Board for First Interstate Bank of Washington.  He has served on several corporate and not-for-profit boards dealing with such diverse areas as investment advisory services, life insurance, international trade, education, the arts, dairy products, retirement homes, trust services and wealth management. Mr. Severson was in prominent leadership positions with many of these boards, most particularly Casey Family Programs (Chairman, 2001-11), Laird Norton Financial Services and successor companies (Chairman, 1999-2009) and Pacific Lutheran University Board of Regents (Chairman, 1997-2004) where he was reelected to the board in 2014 and again to Chairman in 2015.

Mr. Severson was a captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and holds a BA and an MBA from Stanford University and an MS from the University of Southern California.