In the age of technology, it is refreshing to find a business with employees that take time to help customers and give back to the community.

Chuck Hudson, Market Executive of First Commerce Credit Union in Marianna, is originally from the Malone area. After graduating with honors from Chipola College, and later graduating from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Accounting, Hudson aggressively pursued the world of financial institutions.

During the last 25 years, he has held the positions of loan collection manager, consumer loan officer, branch manager and vice president at several local financial institutions. During this time, Hudson continued his studies and graduated from Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida and Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In 2011, Hudson accepted the position of market executive at First Commerce Credit Union, and later the same year a Marianna office was opened at 4472 Lafayette Street.

As if there were any hours left in the day, Hudson has been giving back to the community while working and going to school. He has served on at least eight community service organizations and boards, often in the role of an officer or chairman.

As it turns out, Hudson is not alone in community involvement. First Commerce is known for their partnership, support and service in the areas such as the arts, education, youth and family to build community strength — which explains why Hudson is a good fit for the company and community.  

Hudson expressed his appreciation for the “reception received in Marianna and Jackson County.” He explained that First Commerce Credit Union is a “full service financial institution offering a full range of products, including consumer and commercial loans, mortgage loans, investment services, and consumer and commercial deposit products.” Hudson added his gratitude for financial service officers, Amy Proctor and Jimmy Turner, for providing friendly hometown financial service. Hudson went on to explain how he found it “very rewarding” to “help people fulfill their goals.” 

As for the future, Hudson smiled and added that he is “always looking forward to continued growth opportunities.”  Hudson and his wife Tamara, a social worker with Covenant Care, son Tripp and dog Tiny Elvis enjoy living in the area and being involved with the community.

Shop locally, support Marianna businesses and visit Hudson and his staff at First Commerce Credit Union Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Fridays 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 850-718-0081. Also, take time to visit their website at www.firstcommercecu.org.

Visit the City of Marianna’s website at http://www.mariannafl.city/335/New-Businesses-and-Other-Community-News to learn more about new businesses.

Kay Dennis, MBA, MPA, A.I.C.P., is the director of Municipal Development for the City of Marianna.

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