Webster, 47, is co-founder and CEO of Advance America Cash Advance Centers, the rapidly growing Spartanburg-based company that celebrated its eighth anniversary Friday.

As of last month, the company operated 2,595 stores in 35 states, and the number of stores continues to grow. In the first quarter of this year, Advance America made 2.6 million payday loans; its net income of $19.7 million was up 31 percent over last year.

The Greenville native’s road to Spartanburg has been filled with ambitious jobs and achievements, any one of which might qualify for “career pinnacle” status.

He’s held several high-profile Washington jobs — for a year in the mid-1990s, he was in charge of coordinating President Clinton’s schedule, from major events to daily exercise.

Before that, Webster was president of Greenville-based Carabo Inc., the largest franchisee of Bojangles restaurants.

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