Churchill Mortgage’s Mike Hardwick Wins Lipscomb University’s Leader with Purpose Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Churchill Mortgage, a leader in the mortgage industry providing conventional, FHA, VA and USDA residential mortgages across 46 states, announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Hardwick, has been awarded Lipscomb University’s Leader with Purpose Award.

The annual awards program is hosted by the Hilton & Sallie Dean Institute for Corporate Governance & Integrity, housed in Lipscomb University’s College of Business. These awards honor local companies and individuals that have distinguished themselves from others in their industry through business practices based on integrity and purpose. Hardwick was recognized for his contributions as a leader in the mortgage industry.

“The Leader with Purpose Award is made annually by Lipscomb University and its Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity,” Turney Stevens, Dean Emeritus of the Lipscomb University College of Business and Director of the Hilton and Sallie Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity said. “The award recognizes the Nashville business leader best personifying the ideal of leading with both results and high integrity. It is designed to encourage other business leaders to lead their own organizations with purpose.”

Hardwick founded Churchill Mortgage in 1992 and has since grown the lender into a national organization. Building a strong foundation on the values of putting people over profits and guiding borrowers with the heart of a teacher, Churchill Mortgage has helped more than 100,000 families through the mortgage process. Additionally, Hardwick is committed to the community and has served on numerous boards and committees, including Friends of the Arts Board at Belmont University and the Finance & Endowment Committee for Christ Church Nashville. He is also a founder and board member of Real Estate Services of America, Escrow Services of Tennessee, Churchill Agency and Equity Express.

“It is an honor to receive such a highly regarded award that represents the same core values as Churchill Mortgage,” said Hardwick. “I have built my career with the guiding principles of integrity and leading with a servant’s heart. At Churchill, we believe in carrying these ideals throughout our top-down leadership and want to help individuals and families not only achieve their dream of homeownership but to also mentor them through the process, creating life-long relationships with each customer.”

About Churchill Mortgage®

Founded in 1992, Churchill Mortgage is a privately-owned company by its more than 400 employees. A full-service and financially sound leader in the mortgage industry, the company provides conventional, FHA, VA and USDA residential mortgages across 46 states. As heard on personal finance expert and author Dave Ramsey’s nationally syndicated radio show, the lender’s mission is to help borrowers achieve debt-free homeownership and build wealth through a smarter mortgage plan, regardless of their starting point. Churchill Mortgage is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Churchill Holdings, Inc.

Churchill Mortgage’s notable achievements include recognitions as a “Top Lender” by Scotsman Guide: Residential, a seven-time “Top Workplace” by The Tennessean, one of the “Best Mortgage Companies to Work For” by National Mortgage News and a “Top 100 Private Company” and “Best in Business” by the Nashville Business Journal. For more information about Churchill Mortgage, visit or follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter @ChurchillMtg, Instagram and Facebook at

About the Hilton & Sallie Dean Institute for Corporate Governance & Integrity

Founded in 2008 shortly after the financial crisis made it clear that a new emphasis on integrity was long overdue in American businesses, the Hilton & Sallie Dean Institute for Corporate Governance & Integrity was created through the encouragement and gift of Hilton and Sallie Dean. Hilton Dean, former vice chairman and chief financial officer of Ernst & Young worldwide, was at the time the chairman of Lipscomb’s Board of Trustees. Sallie Dean, also an accountant and former professor, is a current member of Lipscomb’s board. The institute’s mission is to assist companies in creating cultures of high integrity and in employing the best practices of good corporate governance. For more information, visit


Samantha Hall
For Churchill Mortgage

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