League of Southeastern Credit Union & Affiliates honors First Commerce Credit Union’s Michael Poucher as the 2020 Young Professional of the Year
ORLANDO, FLA (June 18, 2021) — The League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates (LSCU) is proud to present Michael Poucher with First Commerce Credit Union in Tallahassee, Fla. as the 2020 Young Professional of the Year!
The Young Professional of the Year award honors credit union employees age 40 or younger who show passion, dedication and enthusiasm for the credit union movement.
Mr. Poucher, a Senior Operations Administrator with First Commerce Credit Union headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida, is described by co-workers as “one of our brightest rising stars, positively impacting our industry in many ways.”
LSCU surprised Mr. Poucher with his award today, during the Southeast Credit Union Conference and Expo, held in Orlando, Fla. Another team member nominated him, but didn’t tell him.
During the pandemic, many Young Professionals Group (YPG) chapters stopped meeting; however, as the president of the LSCU YP Coordinating Council, Mr. Poucher quickly organized virtual meetings and events for the entire YPG to participate. The first-ever virtual Credit Union Game Night raised more than $1,300 for No Kid Hungry and the model was replicated by other leagues and organizations.
Michael also led the planning of 2 professional panels and transitioned the annual Young Professionals Think Tank conference to virtual, serving as emcee in a tuxedo (and shorts)!
Since his time with Board of the Tallahassee Chapter of Credit Unions the organization has raised $5,000 for the LSCU’s PAC and $5,000 for Habitat for Humanity.
Michael is a graduate of the 3-year Southeast CUNA Management School, serving as president and earning the Hugh Watson Award for exceptional leadership! Michael is also a graduate of First Commerce Credit Union’s Level 5 leadership development program.
Dedicated to giving back, his community service has included “Men In Labor” for the March of Dimes, leading his team to clean buses for the Wakulla Senior Center, and regularly facilitating FCCU Foundation financial literacy workshops.
“Recognizing young talent within our affiliated credit unions is crucial for the future of the industry. Michael established himself as a leader very early on with his credit union and the League. He is the epitome of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” and we’re proud to honor him with this prestigious award,” explains Patrick La Pine, LSCU CEO.