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Amerifirst Makes Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies List Again

For the 7th time in 10 years, Amerifirst Home Mortgage is recognized for its dynamic growth

Inc-5000-(003)KALAMAZOO, MI. (August 17, 2021) – Amerifirst Home Mortgage, a division of Amerifirst Financial Corporation, has once again been recognized as one of the nation’s top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies.


This is the seventh time in the past ten years that Amerifirst has received this designation.


Inc. magazine today revealed that Amerifirst ranks No. 2960 on its annual Inc. 5000 list that honors and celebrates independent small and mid-size companies who have experienced tremendous growth over a three-year period. Amerifirst was recognized for its revenue growth of 130 percent from 2017 – 2020.


Dave Gahm and Mark Jones co-founded the company in 1983 and together have grown the company from a single site in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to more than 80 locations across the country. 


In a year of a global pandemic and economic uncertainty, Gahm says this achievement can be traced to the company's  culture, entrepreneurial spirit, and its greatest asset - its people.

Dave_Quote_circle"Our success is a direct result of over 900 individuals who

come together as one team and use their skills, knowledge, and experience to make a difference in the lives of others - especially during difficult times," said Gahm.

"We’re proud of our people-first culture, our strong set of core values, and an enduring business model that has enabled us to intentionally grow our business at a steady rate so that more people have access to affordable homeownership opportunities. We’re proud to be included in this impressive list and share this accolade with our entire team.”

In a press release issued today, Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. magazine, said that the 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled.


“Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement,” he said. “Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing. This kind of accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership, and the help of a whole lot of people.”  


Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000



About Amerifirst Home Mortgage

Amerifirst Home Mortgage, a division of Amerifirst Financial Corporation, is a full-service residential mortgage originator and servicer. As an advocate for affordable homeownership and a mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, the company consistently ranks as a top producing lender of FHA and USDA Rural Development loans. It employs over 900 team members and operates in branches across a dozen states throughout the U.S. Committed to operating by a strong set of core values, it has ranked as a Best & Brightest Company to Work For in the Nation for the past six years and was named a Best Mortgage Company to Work For in 2021. It is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan.





Janet Veach
Janet Veach
Janet Veach is the Communications Specialist for Amerifirst Home Mortgage. As the former Communications Director with the Alzheimer’s Association in Central Illinois, she believes that building strong relationships leads to dynamic partnerships that can dramatically improve our neighborhoods and communities. The mother of three sons, she has heard many a good story, and specializes in creating content that educates, communicates our core values and promotes genuine relationships with our customers.

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