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Greenville Executive Honored with Consumer Finance Industry’s Highest Award
WASHINGTON, October 19, 2012 – Mark Roland, president & chief operating officer of World Acceptance Corporation, has been honored with the American Financial Services Association’s (AFSA) Distinguished Service Award (DSA).
Roland was one of two executives to receive the 2012 DSA during AFSA’s 96th Annual Meeting in Chicago. The association’s highest honor, the DSA is given to individuals who have contributed significantly to the industry and the association’s growth on a national level, advanced its mission and objectives, and raised its image. 
Currently, he serves on the Independents Section Advisory Board, which he chaired 2010-2011, and the AFSA Education Foundation Board of Directors. Roland has been a member of the AFSAEF Professional Development Committee since 2007 and teaches a course on consumer lending each summer at the EDGE, formerly known as the National Institute on Consumer Credit Management.
Roland has been with World since 1996, when he joined the company as senior vice president of operations, Eastern Division. He began his career in financial services with Household Finance in 1979 as an assistant branch manager.
Based in Washington, D.C., AFSA (www.afsaonline.org) is the national trade association for the consumer credit industry, protecting access to credit and consumer choice. Its 350 members include consumer and commercial finance companies, auto finance/leasing companies, mortgage lenders, credit card issuers, industrial banks and industry suppliers.
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