Lennon Pierce was studying on the East Coast in pursuit of a career on Wall Street when he decided he wanted more. While some companies emphasize profits above everything else, he wanted to use his skills to make a difference and help people.
With that in mind, he returned to his native Oregon and feels proud to have joined Oregon Pacific Bank’s Trust Services department as a Trust Officer at our Medford Branch.
“It’s a very good balance for my financial background and interest in interactions with people,” he says. “Working in Trust Services is very fulfilling and satisfying to both my left brain and the right brain.”
Lennon is a fifth-generation Oregonian and has lived in the Medford area most of his life. He graduated from Crater High School in Central Point. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Southern Oregon University and his master’s in Quantitative Finance at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
He’s had a varied career that includes time as a financial advisor, actuary, and data and financial analyst for healthcare companies. He also worked as a chef for seven years to put himself through college.
As a side project, Lennon has been constructing a “trading robot,” crafting software that analyzes market signals and conducts trades automatically under the right conditions. “It will always be a tinkering project for me,” he says.
He also likes to paint miniatures used in games like “Warhammer” and “Dungeons & Dragons.” Before the pandemic, he used to paint and sell them professionally.
In addition, Lennon plays piano, drums, bass guitar and even writes some music. About a decade ago, he played some open mic venues. At one of those events, he met his wife.
Lennon likes to get outdoors for golf and day hikes, and his favorite activity includes doing “just about anything” that his 5-year-old son would want to do.
At the office, Lennon is embracing the opportunities of his job with Oregon Pacific Bank. With his expertise in finance and computers, he says one of the most interesting challenges is the rising prominence of all-digital assets, especially as they appreciate in value and become issues in estates and inheritances.
“That’s one thing I’ve found fascinating is how the future will be handled with so much stuff going digital,” he says. “All those questions aren’t answered at the moment.”
In the near future, Lennon wants to get involved with nonprofit groups and community service. He’s also looking forward to helping clients plan their finances and prepare for the future, with a part of his goal of making a difference.
“I want to feel good about the things I’ve done,” he says.