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"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision."  - Helen Keller

"I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."  -- Frederick Douglas

"Leadership is working with goals and vision. Management is working with objectives." -- Russel Honore


Core Values

  • Faith, family, others, self
  • Integrity over politics
  • Freedom, not control
  • Service and humility
  • Justice and fairness
  • Transparency
  • ​Vision and leadership





  • VP, Board of Directors, Shield NC ('18-present)
  • Officer, IPC Designers' Council, RTP Chapter ('13-present)
  • Delta Mu Delta Honors Business ('11-present)
  • ​PMI, Project Management Professional ('09-'13)
  • Apex High School
  • North Carolina State University
    • ​BS Computer Science
    • Minor Japanese
  • ​Gardner-Webb University
    • ​MBA
    • ​2013 Frank A. Bonner Award for Academic Excellence
  • Mayor, Town of Apex, ('15-present)
  • Chair, Finance Committee, Town of Apex, ('15-present)
  • CAMPO Delegate from Town of Apex, ('15-present)
  • Triangle J Council of Governments, Board of Mayors and County Chairs, Member, ('15-present) 
  • Apex Chamber of Commerce Liaison from Town of Apex ('16-present)
  • Economic Development Committee Member, Town of Apex ('17-present)
  • Planning Committee Member, Town of Apex ('15-17)
  • Apex Representative, Triangle J Council of Governments ('11-'13)
  • Personnel Committee, Apex ('09-'11)
  • Council Member, Town of Apex ('09-'13)
  • Vice-Chairman, Town of Apex Planning Board ('07-'09)
  • Vice-President, Waterford Green HOA ('08-'09)
  • Citizen Planner, Town of Apex Planning Board ('04-'06)
  • Teacher, Adult SS, ABC ('00-'06)
  • ​Teacher, 9th SS, ABC ('90-'96)
  • Data General, Apex ('88-'93)
  • Data General, RTP ('93-'96)
  • Persimmon IT, RTP ('96-'97)
  • Bell+Howell, RTP ('98-''00)
  • Cisco, RTP ('00-'12)
  • Better Boards, Cary ('12-'15)
  • Parents: Ross & Nancy Olive
  • Spouse: Cheryl Olive
  • Children: Kerby (22), Shelby (20)

Lance went on to attend North Carolina State University, graduating the school of Engineering with a Computer Science degree. His first professional job was back home in Apex, at Data General (now EMC). He then went on to work as a senior software engineer at several companies in RTP, including Cisco for 12 years, where he managed a software team for 5 years and served as a Program Manager for 3 years providing business operation solutions. Since 2012, he serves as the Director of Business Operations and is an Officer at Better Boards, a local electronics design firm.

Lance volunteered on the Apex Planning (and Zoning) Board from 2003 to 2009, serving as its Vice Chairman the last two years. In 2009, Lance ran for town council with the vision of making a bigger difference in Apex and finished first of seven candidates. Lance knew that he had the trust of the people of Apex and a mandate to govern better.

Today, Lance wants to serve as your mayor in Apex. His desire is to share your vision for Apex with the town council, leading and guiding, while letting all of Wake County know that Apex is moving forward and relevant. Lance cares about Apex like no other candidate, and he does it for you.

​Raised in Apex by Ross Olive (of Fuquay) and Nancy Olive, née Mills (of Apex), Lance learned early the value of strong ethics, a solution-oriented approach and a cooperative spirit. He went to work in Apex early in life, selling newspapers, working at the downtown soda counter and pharmacy, and driving a school bus for all the Apex schools.

About Lance Olive