Fortera Announces NIL Partnership with APSU Athletes

Fortera Credit Union is excited to announce the launch of a new partnership with Austin Peay State University Athletes. To date, Fortera has signed three athletes to serve as social media influencers for the Fortera brand. Jalen Ware (Men’s Basketball), Yamia Johnson (Women’s Basketball), and Drae McCray (Football), have all entered into partnerships with the Credit Union. Fortera is the first business to sign APSU athletes to agreements under the new Name, Image, Likeness legislation.

Fortera connected with these athletes through the Stacheville Exchange. The Stacheville Exchange site provides an avenue for student athletes interested in NIL agreements to engage with partners throughout Clarksville.

“Fortera is thrilled to partner with these outstanding student athletes,” said Ryan Windham, Vice President of Marketing. “They represent themselves admirably in their respective sports, as well as in the classroom and throughout the community. We look forward to welcoming spring sport athletes to our partnership in the coming weeks.”

Fortera’s NIL initiative strengthens its strong relationship with Austin Peay which includes the naming rights to the APSU Football Stadium. “As champions of educational opportunity and financial well-being for all, Fortera is deeply committed to our partnership with Austin Peay State University. Through these and other athletics partnerships, academic scholarships, contributions, and support of university initiatives, it is our desire that these investments not only provide meaningful resources for students, but also inspire a belief in success,” said Jennifer Ventimiglia, President and CEO of Fortera Credit Union.

In July 2021, the NCAA determined Division I athletes could use their stature to make money under the Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) legislation.

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About Fortera Credit Union
Established in 1954, Fortera Credit Union is a full-service financial cooperative with over 79,000 members and $870 million in assets. Headquartered in Clarksville, Tennessee, the Credit Union now serves members worldwide and within their primary service regions in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Arkansas. For more information, visit

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