Advance Financial Wins Gold in 2017 One Planet Awards

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Family-owned company received awards in two categories for significant growth in 2017

Tina Hodges proudly displays the One Planet Award medallions.

I am very proud of our team for their hard work throughout the year; this recognition belongs to them.

Nashville-based financial services company Advance Financial was recognized for the second year in a row as a winner in the One Planet® Business and Professional Excellence Awards. The company was named the Gold Level winner in both the Fastest Growing Company of the Year and Corporate Milestone of the Year categories.

The One Planet Awards is the world’s premier awards program honoring business and professional excellence in every industry around the globe.

“Last year was a monumental year for our company as we grew exponentially across Tennessee and brought our services to residents in six neighboring states,” said Tina Hodges, CEO and chief experience officer for Advance Financial. “I am very proud of our team for their hard work throughout the year; this recognition belongs to them. Thank you to the One Planet Awards for enabling us to honor the people who make Advance Financial the success that it is.”

Both award recognitions were based on the company’s growth in the past year. In 2017 Advance Financial was named one of Nashville’s fastest growing companies and earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list for the sixth year in a row. The company opened 10 new locations throughout Tennessee, including its first stores in the Tri-Cities and West Tennessee, and began offering its loan services online to residents in Alabama, California, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Utah and Virginia. With these expansions Advance Financial hired more than 100 new employees in one year.

As part of its commitment to the communities it serves, the Advance Financial Foundation made a charitable contribution to each local market at the grand openings of its new stores. The Foundation donated $4,000 to these communities through such organizations as the local Boys and Girls Club, 4-H or similar programs within its focus areas of education, health and wellness.

About Advance Financial
The company currently operates more than 85 locations throughout Tennessee and employs more than 800 local representatives. By focusing on a wide variety of financial services – including wire transfer, bill payment, unlimited free money orders and FLEX loans – they are committed to building long-lasting, strong relationships with every customer. Advance Financial recently earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country for the sixth year in a row.

About the One Planet Awards                     
One Planet Awards recognizes companies for their business and professional excellence. The One Planet Awards honors are currently conferred in category sections which include outstanding individuals, executives, teams, new products and services, PR, Marketing, and Corporate Communications, and organizations from all over the world. Learn more about the One Planet Awards at and participate.

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