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2020 HW Vanguard: Dave Stevenson

SimpleNexus, Chief Technology Officer

Dave Stevenson, Chief Technology Officer, SimpleNexus

Dave Stevenson joined SimpleNexus in 2015 and has since had a hand in practically every line of code the firm has released. 

Impressively, Stevenson is just as capable a leader as he is a coder. He oversees SimpleNexus’ team of 50 developers, and under his guidance, the SimpleNexus development team has honed its ability to listen and respond to the needs of customers. 

As the chief technology officer at SimpleNexus, he has also been instrumental to the company’s ability to scale system resources to meet the unprecedented demand generated by this year’s refinance boom. 

Stevenson has directly contributed to the following recent SimpleNexus accomplishments: attained 1,280% revenue growth over the three-year period from 2015 to 2018, expanded the development team from four engineers to 30 in a single summer (and continued to grow headcount to the team’s current size of 50).

In addition to that, he also achieved 99.7% year-over-year customer retention, graduated more than two dozen college interns from SimpleNexus’ development program and scaled system capacity 500% with zero downtime to keep up with demand brought on by 2020’s refi boom. 

Without Stevenson’s technical chops, SimpleNexus could not deliver on its mission to enable lenders and borrowers to easily complete mortgage loans from anywhere. It is also thanks to the work of Stevenson and his team that the company was named one of Utah’s fastest-growing firms by three different publications in 2019 alone. 

For the second year in a row, SimpleNexus cracked the top 500 of the Inc 5000, and it ranked No. 102 on the 2019 Deloitte Fast 500.

What one habit has made a crucial difference in your success?
Keeping the customer front and center in everything I do has made a crucial difference in my career. I have the amazing opportunity to develop exciting software, but if what I create doesn’t deliver value for the customer, it’s just wasted time and energy.

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