First Commerce Credit Union partners with Chaparral & Robalo Boats to enhance employee financial wellness

TALLAHASSEE, FL (April 5, 2023) — First Commerce Credit Union recently partnered with Chaparral & Robalo Boats, one of South Georgia’s largest employers, to host a Financial Literacy Challenge for their more than 950 employees. Over a two-week period, employees were challenged to complete a series of online financial wellness courses to be entered to win more than $1,500 in prizes ranging from gift cards to local businesses to a new Apple iPad.

First Commerce created the Financial Literacy Challenge for Chaparral & Robalo Boats by developing a customized playlist of six financial literacy modules focusing on topics such as building financial capability, investing in the future, and planning for retirement. Employees who successfully completed all modules were entered into a drawing to win one of 10 prizes, including $100 gift cards at local merchants, Silver Annual passes to Wild Adventures Theme Park, dinner tickets on the Azalea Sprinter Train, an Apple iPad, and more. To kick off the two-week challenge, First Commerce delivered 1,000 Chick-fil-A biscuits to the manufacturing facilities.

“First Commerce is dedicated to being a financial partner for life and is always looking for meaningful ways to give back to the communities we serve,” said Cecilia Homison, First Commerce CEO. “Through our Financial Literacy Challenge, we were able to thank the Chaparral and Robalo team for the tremendous impact they have in Nashville and beyond while empowering them to enhance their financial well-being in a fun, engaging way.”

Chaparral has called Nashville, Ga., home since 1976. Their boats are still constructed by skilled craftsmen, many of whom are second or third generation boat builders.

“We were very excited to participate with First Commence in this program,” said Jeff Smith, CFO of Chaparral and Robalo Boats. “Our employees were delighted with the Chick-fil-A biscuits at our morning break! The winners of the drawings were also very pleased when they received their gifts. We support programs that enhance our employees’ financial well-being. A special thank you to First Commerce for sponsoring this program.”

Through the FCCU Foundation, First Commerce’s 501(c)(3) non-profit subsidiary, the credit union offers free financial literacy workshops and programs for schools, businesses, and community organizations across 40 counties in North Florida and South Georgia. If your organization is interested to learn more, visit and


About First Commerce Credit Union

First Commerce Credit Union is an award-winning, full-service, #LocalStrong financial institution dedicated to empowering generations and transforming the communities it serves for over 80 years. First Commerce received the Credit Union National Association’s highly competitive 1st place Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service award back-to-back for its #LocalStrong COVID pandemic initiative in 2020 and the #FlamingoChallenge for breast cancer patients in 2021. The credit union serves more than 70,000 consumer and business members across North Florida and South Georgia and has more than $1 billion in assets. First Commerce offers best-in-class consumer and business products and services. The credit union also offers free financial literacy resources in person and online through the FCCU Foundation, as well as comprehensive financial planning and investment services through its subsidiary Six Pillars Financial Advisors, and commercial and personal insurance through First Commerce Insurance Agency. For details, visit or call 850.488.0035 or 800.533.5772. Insured by NCUA. Equal housing opportunity lender.


Kriss Vallese
Director of Marketing
First Commerce Credit Union
(850) 410-3561

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