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Giving back to FL

First Financial Merchant Services, Giveback Program has been helping nonprofits in all 50 states for over 15 years.

This week, we are featuring Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Largo, FL. 

The mission of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters is to “provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”

We thank Big Brothers, Big Sisters for all the good they are doing in their community and feel honored to help such a worthy organization through our Giveback Program.

To find out more about our Giveback Program, please watch this video with our CEO, John Eliason.

To learn more about the Big Brothers, Big Sisters or to find out how you can donate, click here.

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Giving back to Special Olympics

First Financial Merchant Services, Giveback Program has been helping nonprofits in all 50 states for over 15 years.

This week, we are featuring Special Olympics District of Columbia. 

The goal of the Special Olympics is to “to awaken everyone – and every community – to each person’s common humanity. Understanding brings acceptance; acceptance brings peace. This vision of inclusion starts at the local level. It’s expanding on a global scale.”

We thank Special Olympics District of Columbia for all the good they are doing in their community and feel honored to help such a worthy organization through our Giveback Program.

To find out more about our Giveback Program, please watch this video with our CEO, John Eliason.

To learn more about the Special Olympics District of Columbia or to find out how you can donate, click here.

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Giving back to CO

First Financial Merchant Services, Giveback Program has been helping nonprofits in all 50 states for over 15 years.

This week, we are featuring Young Life’s Colorado campus. 

The mission of Young Life is to “Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.”

We thank Young Life for all the good they are doing in their community and feel honored to help such a worthy organization through our Giveback Program.

To find out more about our Giveback Program, please watch this video with our CEO, John Eliason.

To learn more about Rady Children’s Hospital or to find out how you can donate, click here.

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Giving back to One Heart

First Financial Merchant Services, Giveback Program has been helping nonprofits in all 50 states for over 15 years.

This week, we are featuring One Heart Ministries in GA.

One Heart Ministries is a Christian ministry that attends to “people’s spiritual needs as it serves their human needs.”

We thank One Heart Ministries for all the good they are doing in their community and feel honored to help such a worthy organization through our Giveback Program.

To find out more about our Giveback Program, please watch this video with our CEO, John Eliason.

To learn more about One Heart Ministries or to find out how you can donate, click here.

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Happy New Year from the FFUSA team!

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Happy New Year from the FFUSA Team! We hope everyone has a great 2017. We are definitely looking forward to all the great things that are happening at FFUSA!

We celebrated the Holidays at our annual Christmas party last week, which included some white elephant gifts, great food and lots of laughs.

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the FFUSA team! We hope everyone has a great 2017.

Are you interested in joining the FFUSA team and getting in on the fun, visit our career page for a list of openings!

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A Peek Inside an Advisors First Deal

If you were to ask Charles Breese what he first expected when he started his career with First Financial, he would have told you how daunting the whole experience seemed to him, because of his lack of knowledge in the electronic card industry.

Charles first deal with First Financial challenged him, revealed his character and solidified that he was in the right place.

Charles felt connected with First Financial right away because he saw the many advantages that First Financial could provide him. He felt that First Financial would allow him to “prosper personally and professionally” and that few other companies would be able to match that type of opportunity.

One of the things that he most enjoyed about joining the First Financial team was that he was in the “driver’s seat the first day.” Charles feels that “sales is a profession that will reveal and challenge your character,” which is something he can testify to after his first deal. He was grateful to have his Agent Director, Mike Novitski guiding him through all the twists and turns that he was challenged with during the process.

Charles first deal was at a Vegan Restaurant in his community. He was able to connect with his prospect immediately by telling her that he was her neighbor and also a frequenter of her restaurant. 

Charles was able to connect with his client through common interests, like vegetarian food and establishing a healthy lifestyle. These basic, common interests helped Charles gain a long-lasting relationship with his customer.

Charles ended with saying, “First Financial is not a job to me. It is my personal journey to empowerment, professionally. It is my business, and I will treat it as mine personally.” He also mentioned knowing why you want First Financial to engage with you as a business owner is critical and to simply let the First Financial team show you the way.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the FFUSA team!

Happy Thanksgiving from the First Financial team! We hope you have a fantastic day with your loved ones. 

All last week the office was buzzing with reasons we LOVE Thanksgiving. Find out some of our teams favorite parts of Thanksgiving and also what yummy side dishes are our favorites.

Chad Churchill

Favorite Side Dish: Sweet Potato Pie and White Castle Dressing (see pictures below from Chad’s last Thanksgiving)

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Colin Kraker

Favorite side dish: Grandma’s buttered carrot recipe.

Favorite part of Thanksgiving: Passing out in a food coma, watching football.

Lynn Creighton 

Favorite side dish: Collard greens

Favorite part of Thanksgiving: Playing games with the kids (especially pie face) and of course, drinking.

John Lavrenz (Weasel) 

The food is great, but getting together with family is one of my favorite parts of thanksgiving.

Tim Severson 

Favorite side dish: Wine

Favorite part of Thanksgiving: Spending time with family

Mike Novitzki 

Favorite side dish: Uncle Ken’s stuffing (with Jimmy Deans sauce)

Favorite part of Thanksgiving: The Turkey Ball. The Turkey Ball is something that Mike’s friends family has been doing for the past 60 years on the morning of Thanksgiving. They rent the field at Sibley High School and hire refs for the game. The winner of the game wins a big bottle of alcohol as their ‘trophy.’ Good luck this year Mike!

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Chuck Fowler

Favorite part of Thanksgiving: Being able to spend low key, unencumbered time with family Favorite side dish: Sweet Potatoes

Theodore Pound (Joe) 

Being able to start cooking on Wednesday night and continuing to cook all day on Thursday. In the past, we have made pumpkin tortillas and chili sauce.

Amy Godlewksi 

Favorite part of Thanksgiving: Being with family                                                                                       Favorite side dish: Homemade dressing

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Favorite part of Thanksgiving: Having a full house                                                                                   Favorite side dish: Cranberry sauce

Allison Ramey

I love having my family all back under one roof and having a day where we all get to be together and indulge in stuffing and wine.

Kelli Staut 

Favorite side dish: Dressing

Favorite part of Thanksgiving: Every year, when her kids make a veggie tray in the shape of a turkey, that they can snack on while they wait for food to be done.

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Want your freedom? Here’s how.

Want your freedom? Here’s how.

When you play hard, you get what most never do; freedom.  

Play hard means:  

1) Be clear in your mind, fully intentional.

2) Go harder than anyone could ever make you.

3) 20% of everything you do is a new test, measure results, only keep what works best   and keep testing.

P.S. You can take short-cuts by modeling successful methods.  Find shortcuts