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Advance Financial, Hillwood Comprehensive High School Alums Welcome NBC’s Brian Williams to Nashville

NASHVILLE (April 14, 2014) – Advance Financial’s corporate leadership today congratulated the Hillwood Comprehensive High School Class of 2014 on their achievements and joined with them in welcoming NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams to Nashville to serve as their graduation commencement speaker.

Top leadership of the Nashville based company, all Hillwood graduates, and the company have sent a letter to Hillwood Comprehensive High School principal Dr. Steve Chauncy congratulating him and the entire Hillwood family in securing Williams to serve as their speaker for the 2014 graduation ceremony to be held on May 22, 2014.

“Hillwood Comprehensive High School has long been one of Nashville’s best schools,” said Tina Hodges, CEO of Advance Financial (Hillwood ’93). “Their commitment to educating future leaders in the community is second to none and I consider myself fortunate to be a Hilltopper. The students, families, teachers and administrators that make up the Hillwood community are appreciative of Brian Williams and his support of some of the best students in the nation.”

Mike Hodges, chairman of Advance Financial (Hillwood ’90), agreed and added, “We have always been proud of being from Nashville and educated by true public servants at Hillwood Comprehensive High School. It is on the shoulders of these great teachers that so many of us stand as successful business leaders, parents and community volunteers.”

“He is trusted for his insight and forthright approach. As a Hillwood alum, I am grateful that students from my alma mater will get their final lesson in high school from him. As to Brian Williams, for him to choose to come to Nashville and Hillwood also shows he knows what is right.” said Bryan Link, Advance Financial President and CIO (Hillwood ’89).

Other members of the Advance Financial leadership team that are also Hillwood Comprehensive High School alumni are Pat Conroy, CFO (Class of ’88), and Shantrelle Johnson, VP of Community Outreach (Class of ’90).