ForwardLine, a nationwide direct lender providing affordable loans to small businesses, is thrilled to announce that its CEO, Steve Carlson, has received The Best CEO Award in Comparably’s 2018 Culture Awards. Comparably, a platform that aims to make work better by providing transparency around compensation and culture for employees and companies, uses anonymous employee sentiment ratings from thousands of companies in its scoring process.

Founded in 2003, ForwardLine’s mission is to improve the financial health of small businesses. The values-centric company is focused on meeting the needs of its customers, while fostering a positive, inclusive culture for employees. The company also received top marks for leadership and teamwork and is ranked 1st for “overall culture” and “diversity,” compared to industry competitors.

Carlson was appointed CEO in October 2017 and has played an instrumental role in shaping ForwardLine’s overall culture. “I believe in serving our employees in the same way that we serve our customers,” said Carlson. “Everyday, we strive to make ForwardLine a place where people feel appreciated, respected, and inspired. One of our ‘ForwardLine Five’ core values is teamwork—we work together and help each other to both better serve our customers and to grow professionally. I am highly appreciative of the incredible passion and commitment that our team members bring to our organization each and every day.”

“ForwardLine Financial’s Steve Carlson is among the most outstanding leaders on our Best CEOs list, as ranked by his employees on Comparably,” said Jason Nazar, Comparably CEO. “The organization’s rewarding, performance-driven environment is a testament to Steve’s engaging leadership and focus on promoting a culture of teamwork and transparency.”

ForwardLine invests in its employees by providing competitive perks and benefits and fostering a rewarding, performance-driven work environment. The company has experienced record-breaking growth throughout 2018 and has added top talent across all levels of the organization.

Here is what ForwardLine’s employees said about the company and its leadership team:

“Integrity, communication, create a positive environment.”

“Our product helps businesses succeed, the team is working towards common goals with each other.”

“Great team and leadership providing a great product.”