Pioneer Financial Services honored nationally as one of 25 Best Places to Work

Pioneer Financial Services has been named among the top 25 Best Medium Companies to Work for in America. The list was announced today at the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) 56th Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans.

Pioneer Financial Services ranked 18th in the medium company category, which consists of companies with 251 to 999 employees. Pioneer Financial Services employs just over 300 associates across the country and in Germany.

"We are very proud of our team," says Thomas H. Holcom, Jr., president of Pioneer Financial Services, Inc. "If I could pick one attribute of our success it would be empowered people. For us, empowerment is more than a cliché - it is the cornerstone of our culture. Each day associates at every level make conscious choices based on the value to our customers and company. When people are passionate about their customers and feel they are valued for what they do, the company becomes a great place to work."

The list ranks the top 25 medium companies in America that have used smart people management strategies to develop a strong trust between employees and management. The organizations were announced by SHRM and selected and ranked by the Great Place to Work® Institute (GPTWI) based on the results of a randomly distributed employee opinion survey. Each evaluated company was given a score based on employees' responses to a detailed questionnaire about the organizations' workplace cultures.

The winning organizations will appear in the July 2004 issue of HR Magazine, the Society's flagship publication, available at, and also listed on the GPTWI Web site at

"Being a top employer is critical to long-term growth and success," said SHRM President and CEO, Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR. "Too often only large organizations receive credit for great people practices. SHRM is very proud to show that smaller organizations can and do compete for top talent and may even have added flexibility or innovation to help employees perform well while loving their jobs."

GPTWI cofounder Robert Levering said, "The companies on this list set the standards for all workplaces. They show that companies can become successful by creating an environment where employees trust their management, have pride in their work and have positive relationships with their coworkers."

SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Founded in 1948, SHRM currently has more than 500 affiliated chapters and members in more than 100 countries. GPTWI is a research and management consultancy, producing other "Best Companies to Work for" lists, including Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For©."