ForwardLine, a nationwide direct lender providing affordable loans to small businesses, is thrilled to announce that its CEO, Steve Carlson, has received The Best CEO Award in Comparably’s 2019 Culture Awards. Comparably, a platform that aims to make work better by providing transparency around compensation and culture for employees and companies, uses anonymous employee sentiment ratings from thousands of companies in its scoring process.
This is the second year in a row that Carlson has received the Best CEO Award. Per Comparably, ForwardLine notably ranks in the Top 5% of companies in the US with 51-200 employees for CEO Rating Score. Carlson was appointed CEO in October 2017 and has played an instrumental role in helping ForwardLine achieve record breaking growth, while building a world-class, mission and values-driven organization. In Q3 2019, ForwardLine increased total YoY new customer originations by over 140%. As the organization continues to rapidly grow, fostering an innovative, performance-driven culture with ample opportunities for professional growth, team-building, and development continues to be a top priority. The company continues to invest in its people and adds events and programs, like an Innovation Week and environmentally-focused “Green Team” to engage employees. Carlson’s Best CEO recognition is a true testament to his leadership and vision for the company’s culture.
“Everyday, we focus on living our company values, The ForwardLine Five, which are Customer-Centric, Accountability, Innovation, Integrity, and Teamwork.” said Carlson. “I’m honored to lead an organization where everyone is aligned on our values and makes strategic decisions based on these core tenants. As we grow, I’m excited to continue building a world-class team that is committed to helping each other thrive and succeed, while helping our customers get access to the working capital that they need to grow their businesses.”