MEI and Choice Pawn awarded for best store appearance in U.S.

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Montgomery  Enterprises, Inc. (MEI) and Choice Pawn-Tupelo received the award for the best looking new financial services store in the nation at this year’s Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA) Conference.

See the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal’s Biz Buzz coverage here. 

The Exemplary Store Appearance of the Year (StAR) Award is issued each year to the FiSCA member organization that operates its stores in a manner that best reflects the organization’s best practices and whose image reflects most positively on the industry as a whole.

MEI won the award for its Choice Pawn location in Tupelo, Mississippi, which has been in operation since July of 2014.

“It feels great to receive national recognition for something we intentionally set out to do at the inception of Choice Pawn,” said MEI CEO Luke Montgomery. “Our goal is to provide an environment that makes our customers comfortable and makes our team members proud to work in every day. This is just more motivation to double down on that goal as we open more stores.”

MEI representatives were on hand to officially accept the StAR Award during the 27th Annual FiSCA Conference in San Francisco. The FiSCA Conference is the industry’s annual gathering of representatives from more than 6,500 financial service center storefronts nationwide.

“The FiSCA StAR Awards were established to recognize members that operate stores that reflect positively on the industry,” said Edward D’Alessio, Executive Director, FiSCA. “Nominees are subject to extensive review against our stringent Store Appearance Best Practices, which evaluate both store interiors and exteriors. This year was an especially competitive year with more highly qualified nominees for Store Makeover of the Year than we have had in many years. Against this stiff competition, Choice Pawn’s Tupelo, Mississippi, location stood out for its originality and functionality, and for its ability to serve the community. Choice Pawn truly represents the ideals behind the FiSCA StAR Awards.”

Choice Pawn-Tupelo is one of four Choice Pawn locations, with others in Fulton, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama; and Louisville, Kentucky. Choice Pawn is a part of a larger network of 36 MEI owned and operated specialty consumer finance locations across the Southeast. The MEI network of specialty consumer finance brands includes Money Matters, Choice Pawn and Approved Auto Sales.

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Christmas at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital

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L to R: Callie Lee, Candy Lee, Chloe House, Jana Humphries, Chris Humphries (Santa), Drew Wright, Tiffany Johnson, Skyler Humphries, Kim Wright, Alise Dill and Laken McNatt.

MEI Volunteers had a wonderful year end visit to LeBonheur on Saturday, December 5th.

Thank you to all of the 2015 MEI employees who have donated their time on Saturdays to make our quarterly trips to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.

The Easter Bunny, Super Heroes, Santa and his helpers delivered over 350 stuffed animals, 75 blankets, 100+ goodies from Bath and Body Works and LOTS of S-M-I-L-E-S!!!

 “The quality of your life will be determined by the quality of your contribution.  When you work to improve the lives of others, your life improves automatically.” – Kurek Ashley

2015 MEI Volunteers

Alise Dill, Fulton Money Matters

Angela Blankenship, Baldwyn Money Matters

Candy Lee, Accounting

Chris Humphries, Choice Pawn

Jana Humphries, Accounting

JonJon Suggs, Home Office

Kim Wright, District 2 Manager

Renada Dandridge, Olive Branch Money Matters

Tiffany Johnson, Fulton Money Matters

Summer Ledbetter , Hernando Money Matters

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Happy Thanksgiving!


I want to wish all of our MEI team members a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving. 

May you enjoy your time with your family and friends and be thankful. 

I am thankful that each and every one of you are part of the MEI team!  Happy Thanksgiving everybody!  –  Luke

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Fall LeBonheur Children’s Hospital visit

The children were thrilled to see the MEI Super Heroes at LeBonheur this past Saturday.

Thank you Tiffany, Kim, Drew and JonJon for volunteering your time to make the trip to Memphis.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”

– Mahatma Gandhi

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L to R: Tiffany Johnson, Kim Wright, Drew Wright and JonJon Suggs

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Halloween Contest 2015

WOlf Keisha Congratulations Approved Auto Aberdeen, Overall Office Winner and Keisha Bland (Wolf), Aberdeen Money Matters, Overall Individual Winner!!!  Everyone looked great.  Have a FUN and SAFE Halloween!

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Assistant District Manager Position

I would like to announce a new job opening for the position of Assistant District Manager in Money Matters.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your resume to

Click on the link below for a complete job description.

Thank you,

Jenny Farrar, HR Manager

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ALS Walk In Birmingham

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L to R:  Bridget Adams, Sue Montgomery, Tommy Sims, Kim Wright, Susan Sudduth,

Christie Knuckols and JonJon Suggs.

Thank you all who braved the cold weather and rain to support Tommy Sim’s team “Tom’s Cruisers” this past Saturday at the Alabama ALS Walk at Regions Field in Birmingham.

MEI is still selling #TEAMTOMMY t-shirts for $15.

If you were unable to attend the walk and would still like to support Tommy by buying a shirt,

email JonJon @

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

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Labor Day Weekend

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Monday, September 7th we will be closed to honor Labor Day.  I hope you each enjoy your extended weekend with family and friends.

I appreciate your hard work and dedication to our company.  Thanks so much for all you do!

Have a safe weekend. – Luke



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