Mr. Pedersen started his professional career in Washington, DC working for Arthur Andersen from 1996-1998 where his focus was primarily on real estate and mortgage-backed securities. In 1998, he had an opportunity to return home to North Dakota and help Great Plains Software build a consulting practice. He built and managed the Business Intelligence team that worked with reporting and analytics solutions. Great Plains Software was acquired in 2001 by Microsoft. Throughout his 16 year career at Microsoft, Mr. Pedersen held roles in consulting, finance, mergers and acquisitions, strategic program management and business management. In 2008, Mr. Pedersen started a real estate company, Summit Properties, and currently has 2 partners. They currently have 250 apartment units in North Dakota located in Valley City, Jamestown, Cooperstown and Lisbon. His primary roles within Summit Properties are finance/accounting, managing banking relationships and conducting due diligence on potential acquisitions. In January 2014, Mr. Pedersen started working at the accounting firm Ludvigson Braun & Co. and in January 2015, he acquired Ludvigson Braun & Co. With his professional team, they provide accounting, tax and audit services with a specialization in real estate. Mr. Pedersen is currently a City Commissioner in Valley City, ND. He also serves as a Director on the Valley City – Barnes County Economic Development Corporation Board and as Vice-Chairman of the Valley City State University Foundation. Mr. Pedersen serves on the Finance Committee of the Dakota REIT.