Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation has announced the opening of two new branches in South Windsor and West Hartford, Conn. both to be led by Tom Valyo. Fairway is ranked among the top originators in the country, and closed $3.94 billion in loan volume in 2010. Founded by Steve Jacobson and Dean Anderson in 1996, the company is headquartered in Sun Prairie, Wis. with additional corporate offices around the country, including a large facility in Plano, Texas. Fairway employs more than 1,000 nationwide. "Tom is a proven leader and a top-notch lender," said Jacobson, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation founder and chief executive officer. "Having Tom and team join Fairway will help build their presence. We're extremely excited to have Tom and the South Windsor and West Hartford branches as part of our team."