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Awards and Recognition

Advance Financial is proud to have been honored with awards and recognition for various different reasons, such as community service, our training program, best in business, chamber of commerce, workplace and learning, as well as recognition for members of our executive team. See below for a selection of the awards and recognition we have received. Lipscomb University awards Advance Financial with the Business with a Purpose Award We are the proud recipient of the 2014 Business with Purpose Award, which is sponsored by the Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity at Lipscomb University. The award recognizes those individuals and companies who have demonstrated their unusual commitments to outstanding service to the community, to encouraging their employees to achieve a higher social mission, and to achieving the highest level of profitability and financial success. Tina Hodges named one of Nashville's most admired CEOs by the Nashville Business Journal The Nashville Business Journal announced the winners of their Most Admired CEOs and Their Companies late in 2014, and Advance Financial’s CEO Tina Hodges was among the winners. NBJ solicited nominations from the public, and nominees then voted on one another by category. Winners were recognized at a dinner on Dec. 9 at Hutton Hotel. Advance Financial Awarded Best in Business The Nashville Business Journal identifies the companies that set the standard for growth, service, quality, innovation and execution of a superb business strategy. Finalists and winners were picked by a panel of judges who considered financial data like profitability and other metrics. We have been a finalist in 2013, 2012, 2011 and in 2014 we won in the 500+ employees category. Training - Source for Professional Development Training Magazine votes the top 25 Emerging Leaders in Training. These people have been in the training industry between two and 10 years, led a large-scale training initiative, demonstrated specific leadership qualities and have the potential to lead the training or L&D function at an organization in the next one to 10 years. We were in the top 25 in 2013. financial service centers of america, inc This award is centered on encouraging store owner/operators to improve the appearance of their stores. The association recognizes members that are operating stores that reflect positively on the industry, and encourage others to do the same. We won this award in 2013 and 2012. NBJ's 25 fastest growing companies This award is taken from the NBJ 100, a list of the area’s 100 top private companies ranked by revenue that’s been compiled for more than a decade. The companies on this list are then asked for revenue totals for each of the past four years and ranked by the greatest revenue growth over the past three years. We were the #2 Fastest Growing Privately Held Company is 2013. Advance Financial given Mary Catherine Strobel volunteer award The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards recognize volunteers who give their time and talents to improve the community. Hosted by Hands On Nashville in partnership with the Strobel family, the Awards honor the spirit of service demonstrated by Mary Catherine Strobel. We were a Corporate Service Project Finalist in 2013. Inc. 5000 Advance Financial The Inc. 5000 ranks the country’s top 5000 fastest-growing private companies. The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth over a four-year period. We ranked #1590 in the overall ranking and #96 in Financial Services Companies in 2013. Also, we ranked #1165 in the overall ranking in 2012. Advance Financial - Awarded Top Places to work by the Tennessean in 2013 & 2014 The Tennessean Top Workplaces program is designed to highlight companies in Middle Tennessee that have created great environments for their employees. Out of the 605 employees that were invited to complete the survey, 515 employees responded, giving us a response rate of 85%. In 2013 and 2014 the program has recognized companies as Top Workplaces based solely on surveys about the workplace completed by its employees and we were one of those companies both years. employee training made easy BizLibrary, a leading employee training and development solutions provider for small and mid-sized companies, is proud to announce Advance Financial as the recipient of its 2012 Best Measured Results award. In 2012, we were recognized as having the Training Professional of the Year. patrick conroy named cfo of the year Chief financial officers from across Middle Tennessee are selected by the Nashville Business Journal as finalists and winners by a panel of judges. In 2012, we won CFO of the year in the Small Private Company category. middle tn chapter workplace and learning The ASTD Awards programs recognizes individuals and organizations for their impact on the workplace learning profession and for contributions to ASTD. We won The Golden Torch Award for Technology Initiatives in 2012 and The Golden Torch in recognition of Achieving Results in 2011. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce The Future 50 program identifies and celebrates the 50 fastest-growing, privately held companies in the Nashville area. The winners have contributed to economic growth in areas such as health care, technology, construction, manufacturing, finance, retail and services. We won the Future 50 Award in 2010.