Bryan Fikes of Hardy Reed, LLC Earns Accredited Investment Fiduciary(R) Designation From the Center for Fiduciary Studies(TM)

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TUPELO, Miss., Feb. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bryan Fikes of Hardy Reed, LLC has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) Designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies™ (the Center), the standards-setting body for fi360. The AIF® Designation signifies specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care. The Designation is the culmination of a rigorous training program, which includes a comprehensive, closed-book final examination under the supervision of a proctor, and agreement to abide by the Code of Ethics. On an ongoing basis, Designees are required to complete continuing education to maintain the AIF® Designation.

Mr. Fikes is a member of the Hardy Reed team that specializes in fiduciary consulting to retirement plans and foundations, in addition to comprehensive wealth management for successful families.

"Bryan Fikes is the sixth member of the Hardy Reed team to have earned the AIF® or AIFA® designation" said Scott Reed, CEO of Hardy Reed. "We believe that our firm's commitment to the highest fiduciary standards clearly underscores why Hardy Reed is considered a leader in providing the highest level of independent, objective investment advisory services to our clients. Hardy Reed provides fiduciary guidance and investment advice to retirement plans, foundations and corporations as well as successful individuals and families. Hardy Reed is the State's only CEFEX Certified investment advisory firm and one of the first nationally to have received this distinguished certification."

Fi360, based near Pittsburgh, Pa., is the first full-time training and research facility for fiduciaries, and conducts training programs at universities throughout the United States and abroad. The Center for Fiduciary Studies™ confers the AIF® Designation as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst™ (AIFA®) Designation. AIFA® Designees are the only recognized professionals trained to perform fiduciary assessments, which measure how well investment professionals are fulfilling the fiduciary duties required of them by the applicable investment legislation, case law, and regulatory opinion letters.

About Hardy Reed

Hardy Reed, LLC is a CEFEX Certified, independent, SEC registered, investment advisor, fiduciary consulting, and retirement plan services firm providing - Objective Fiduciary Guidance. The firm has clients throughout the United States. Its team of professionals provides objective, fee only investment advisory guidance, fiduciary consulting, and retirement plan services to successful families, retirement plans, and foundations.

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About fi360

Fi360 offers training, tools and resources to promote a culture of fiduciary responsibility and improve the decision making processes of investment fiduciaries – individuals who manage money for others. Fi360 provides investment education and training programs, and develops sophisticated Web-based tools and reporting include the innovative fi360 Fiduciary Score® and the Family Fund Fiduciary Rankings™ for trustees and investment professionals. The Center for Fiduciary Studies™ confers the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) and Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst™ (AIFA®) professional Designations. For more information on future fi360 events, training programs and fiduciary products, visit

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