2021 Annual Business Meeting

The 2021 Annual Business Meeting of First Commerce Credit Union is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at our RWF Administrative Facility, 2073 Summit Lake Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32317.

The business meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m., and during the meeting we will announce the 2022 Board of Directors. 

BOARD ELECTIONS

Board members are elected from the membership of the credit union and serve three-year terms. The Board guides the activities of the credit union for the benefit of all members.

The nominating committee has chosen three, highly qualified candidates, for the three open positions: Kathy Arrant, John M. Grayson, and Casey Stoutamire. All three candidates are incumbent members of the Board of Directors.

WHO CAN VOTE?

To be eligible to vote, members must be at least 16 years old and in good standing according to the credit union’s policy as of April 1, 2022.

ELECTION PROCEDURES

If there is more than one candidate for a seat, and a ballot-based election is necessary, members may vote at credit union offices, by absentee ballot by mail prior to the meeting, or by ballot at the meeting. Ballot boxes and printed ballots will be available in each credit union office from March 30 – April 3, 2022.

Members wishing to cast an absentee ballot must request an absentee ballot by writing to the Executive Assistant to the CEO of the Credit Union, P.O. Box 6416, Tallahassee, FL 32314. Requests for absentee ballots must be received by March 15, 2022, and ballots must be returned to the credit union by April 5, 2022.

Ballots and ballot boxes will be available at the annual meeting for members who have not already voted. All voting must be completed before the beginning of the meeting. The Audit Committee will oversee the election tellers, who are responsible for the ballot boxes and the integrity of the vote. The votes will be tallied by the tellers at the meeting, and the results will be announced during the meeting. The tellers will ensure that each person voting is eligible to vote and keep a record of those who voted.

NOMINEES FOR THE 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kathy Arrant

Kathy Arrant has served on the Board of Directors of First Commerce Credit Union since 2007. She is the Elder Law Coordinator for King & Wood Law Firm. Ms. Arrant has also served as Executive Director of the Tallahassee Bar Association, the Legal Aid Foundation, and CEO/President of Elder Care Services, all local non-profit organizations dedicated to helping people in our community.

Ms. Arrant’s knowledge of the legal system, her experience with non-profits, and leadership abilities are a great benefit to the credit union. She is a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class XII and Curriculum Co-Chair for Class XV, and also is a member of Sunrise Rotary of Tallahassee serving four years as Treasurer.

She enjoys and believes in advocating for the credit union movement. Ms. Arrant has been a member of First Commerce Credit Union since 1984 and is honored to be working with dedicated staff and volunteers who truly are committed to “The Power of You.”

John M. Grayson, CPA, CFE

John Grayson has served on the Board of Directors of First Commerce Credit Union since 2010. He is owner of Grayson Accounting & Consulting, P.A., a certified public accounting firm located in Tallahassee, Florida. Grayson Accounting & Consulting provides accounting, auditing, attestation, tax and consulting services to individuals, small businesses, government, and not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Grayson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bethune-Cookman University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1995.

Before operating his accounting practice full-time in 2003, he was employed as the Inspector General for the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). He is a charter member of the Association of Inspectors General and while at the PSC earned the Certified Inspector General designation. Mr. Grayson is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and a licensed private investigator.

Mr. Grayson serves on the Board of Directors of Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce.

Casey Stoutamire 

Casey Stoutamire has served on the Board of Directors of First Commerce Credit Union since 2017. She has been with the Florida Dental Association (FDA) since December 2012. Ms. Stoutamire is currently the Director of Third Party Payers and Professional Affairs where she, among other things, assists members with Insurance issues including PPOs, Medicaid and Medicare, represents the FDA in front of the Board of Dentistry, and serves as Parliamentarian for the Board of Trustees and Association.

Born and raised in Monticello, Florida, she graduated cum laude from the University of Florida where she majored in Criminology and Russian. She then received her Juris Doctor cum laude from Stetson University College of Law in 2009 and is a member of the Florida Bar.

Before joining the FDA, Ms. Stoutamire worked as a lobbyist for the LeadingAge Florida, which represents nursing homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Affordable Housing for Seniors around the state. She also worked at a non-profit association in Clearwater handling Medicare and Medicaid compliance issues, such as Special Needs Trusts, Medicare Set Asides and Medicaid Lien resolutions.