Local company awarded highest honor for community leadership

Last updated on January 17th, 2020 at 06:17 am

Nashville-based financial services provider Advance Financial recently received the highest honor in its industry: The Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA) William Siegel Financial Service Provider of the Year Award. The company was also recognized as one of the seven financial service centers granted the 2016 Activa Award for leadership in their community through volunteerism and ongoing charitable contributions. Company owners Mike and Tina Hodges recently accepted the honors on behalf of Advance Financial at the 2016 FiSCA Awards in Washington D.C.

“We strive to be advocates for our community, our employees and our industry. Receiving these awards is validation of our efforts.” said Tina Hodges, co-founder and CEO of Advance Financial. “We are so honored and humbled to be viewed as a leader in the industry and community.”

The William Siegel Financial Services Provider of the Year Award is given to the company who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in business management, community involvement and industry advocacy. Committed to setting the standard in its industry, Advance Financial currently operates more than 70 locations throughout Tennessee with more than 600 local employees, regularly serves its community through the Advance Financial Foundation and is actively involved in speaking out against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) attempts to discontinue the short-term loan industry.

“The Hodges are the industry’s finest ambassadors,” said FiSCA Executive Director Ed D’Alessio. “They embody all of the characteristics of the Financial Service Provider of the Year—and then some. We applaud their commitment and the contributions they’ve made to communities across Tennessee.”

The company was also listed as a 2016 Activa Award recipient for its community leadership and volunteer efforts. In 2015, the Advance Financial Foundation, donated $203,755 to education, health and wellness organizations in Nashville and the other 34 cities throughout Tennessee in which they are located. Employees also served a total of 1,557 hours in these communities. In the first half of 2016 alone, the program gave an additional $142,000 and nearly 1,000 hours of volunteer efforts.

Advance Financial, founded in 1996, is a family owned and operated financial center based in Nashville, Tenn. The company currently operates more than 70 locations throughout Tennessee and employs more than 600 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 fifth year in a row. For more information visit .

FiSCA is a national trade association representing the Financial Service Center (FSC) industry. FiSCA members offer a wide array of necessary financial products and services to tens of millions of Americans each year in accordance with state and federal law. Additional information about FiSCA is available at .

FiSCA launched the Activa Awards program in 1999 to honor outstanding examples of members’ positive community involvement activities throughout the country.

The response to the program was so positive that the Association decided to make the Activa Awards an annual event. As each year passes, the Activa Awards bring greater distinction and a better understanding of the pivotal role financial service centers play in making America’s neighborhoods a better place to live and work.