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Twang Partners LLC President and CEO, Elysia Gonzales Named 2023 Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer

Twang Partners LLC

We invite you to visit the Twang website at to learn more about the company and its products. We are thrilled to announce that Elysia Gonzales, President and CEO of Twang, has been selected as a 2023 Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer. This prestigious recognition highlights Gonzales’s exceptional leadership and contributions to the food industry, specifically in the category of Senior Level Executive. Progressive Grocer’s 2023 list of “Top Women in Grocery” (TWIG) will be unveiled in the upcoming June print issue and on the website by mid-June. The TWIG gala celebration and leadership development program will take place on November 8-9, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. As President of Twang, a San Antonio-based Latino-owned beer salt company, Elysia Gonzales has revolutionized the acceptance and popularity of beer salt across the United States, making "dressing your beer" a common practice. Overcoming stereotypes and challenges as a mother of four, Gonzales has persevered to graduate from college while successfully leading the growth of Twang. She considers Twang employees her second family and is deeply involved in her community. She supports various local charities, businesses, and initiatives such as food drives for the San Antonio Food Bank, school supplies drives, and the THRU Project, which provides foster youth with support and essential resources. Under Gonzales’s direction, Twang has earned recognition as one of the "Best Places to Work” in the San Antonio Business Journal for three consecutive years, with over half of the employees having been with the company for five years or more. She oversees a workforce of 60 employees at the company's 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in San Antonio and manages operations at their Mexico plant in San Luis Potosi as well. During her leadership, Twang has experienced remarkable growth, with sales nearly doubling over the past five years. Even during the challenges posed by the pandemic, Gonzales retained and paid 100% of their employees. Twang has also forged strategic partnerships with local organizations and national brands, including Heineken USA (Dos XX) and Boston Beer Company (Truly Seltzers). Elysia Gonzales is eager to discuss various topics related to her journey and Twang's success, including her community involvement, creating a positive work environment, managing company operations, driving sales growth, and the popularity of beer salt in Texas and beyond. "I enhance eating and drinking experiences, from dressing beers using Twang beer salts to unique flavorful rimming salts for margaritas and creating different flavors of all-in-one michelada cocktail mixes. Millions of our products are manufactured, sold, and distributed in over 20,000 store shelves across the country," says Elysia Gonzales. In 1986, Twang Founder Roger Treviño Sr. left his career after experiencing an epiphany while on a business trip in Mexico. Visiting a Mexican street vendor selling citrus salt, he was reminded of his childhood in San Antonio, with its abundance of Latino flavors. He returned home inspired to create a variety of flavored salts to share with friends and family. Launching the Twang business out of his family garage and together with the Treviño children to help, his first product (and claim to fame) was Twang Beer Salt, an integral product in the Southern trend of “dressing” beers and other libations. From these humble beginnings, the Treviños have since expanded Twang product lines into flavored salt for food, cocktail rimmer blends, michelada mix, and more to come! Contact Details Madison Baber +1 210-213-2426 Company Website

June 21, 2023 02:00 PM Central Daylight Time

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Revenue Management Solutions Announces Competitor Price Intelligence

Revenue Management Solutions

Revenue Management Solutions (RMS), a world leader in data-driven analytics and tech-enabled solutions for restaurants, has launched its Competitor Price Intelligence solution. The competitive price platform includes a proprietary Restaurant Price Index (RPI) that analyzes menu price evolution so users can benchmark pricing across as many as 170,000 quick-service, fast casual, casual dining and fine dining locations. For the first time, restaurant operators can access clean, validated monthly price change data from a simple dashboard interface, revealing insights into the increasingly competitive pricing landscape. Using a proprietary AI technology, the solution continually compares menu prices for all restaurant segments across 50-plus brands in all US states and select countries internationally. Revenue Management Solutions developed the solution to address clients’ most significant concerns. “RMS developed our Competitor Price Intelligence and RPI based on nearly 30 years of menu engineering and pricing strategy,” said RMS Chief Client Officer Bob Donofrio. “With data exclusive to the restaurant industry, operators have a meaningful snapshot of price direction accessible through an easy-to-use, cloud-based platform, with actionable insights to drive pricing strategies, revenue and profitability.” Competitor Price Intelligence is much more than a pricing data dump. Leveraged on RMS’ expertise and combined with the user’s input, the solution delivers pre-categorized, like-for-like menu item comparisons. The dashboard includes comprehensive pricing data for in-store and delivery prices in any US region or market and for major brands internationally using local currencies. Updated monthly, the insights and data timeliness are unmatched by third-party sellers. Additionally, users can: ● Define their competitor set and menu categories ● Compare prices across targeted segments and cuisine types ● Easily tag and compare by location ● Filter by geography and menu category ● Understand how an item is priced ● Track industry and competitor pricing activity over time As mounting costs and inflation pressure the industry, RMS is previewing its Price Map insights with a monthly heatmap featuring the latest average prices for burgers, chicken sandwiches and pizza across all US states. “We asked the world’s leading restaurant brands, through client feedback and focus groups, what they needed to succeed in today’s highly charged environment,” said RMS CEO John Oakes. “The overwhelming answer was competitor pricing data. Timely data wasn’t accessible, and operators didn’t have the staff to make sense of it. Our Competitor Price Intelligence will change that.” Access the free Price Map or learn more about Competitor Price Intelligence at ### About Revenue Management Solutions Revenue Management Solutions (RMS) is committed to supporting restaurants through these ever-changing times. Today, more than 50 major brands in 40-plus countries trust RMS. Its data-driven analytics and tech-enabled solutions optimize sales, menus and a brand’s financial health. RMS provides actionable insights to more than 100,000 restaurant locations worldwide to help them make informed business decisions that drive profitability and combat inflation and rising wages. The company holds five US patents on menu pricing and customer segmentation and supports ongoing academic research efforts. For more information on how RMS helps its clients, visit Contact Details Tracy Henderson +1 720-989-3530 Company Website

June 21, 2023 08:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Royal Ascot Day 2: Best Free Bets and Betting Offers 2023

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Day two of Royal Ascot is sure to pick up where day one left off. Another seven action-packed races are set to get underway on day 2 of the historic racing event. In this article, we will go through all of the races happening, tips and some FAQs about this year's Royal Ascot. bet365 - Bet 10 Get 30 William Hill - Bet 10 Get 30 Betfred - Bet 10 Get 40 Betvictor - Bet 10 Get 40 Betway - 30 Matched Free Bet if your First Acca Loses 18+ Gambling Can Be Addictive. Please Play Responsibly. BeGambleAware GamStop Gambling Commission Day 2 Races Royal Ascot 2023 The Queen Mary Stakes - 2:30 pm. The prize fund is 115,000 across five furlongs. The Kensington Palace Stakes (Handicap) (Class 2) (0-105) - 3:05 pm. The prize fund for this race is 100,000 across an old mile. The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2) - 3:40 pm. The prize fund for this race is 225,000 across one mile. The Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Group 1) - 4:20 pm. The prize fund is 1,000,000 across one mile and 2 furlongs. The Royal Hunt Cup (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) (Open) - 5:00 pm. The prize fund is 175,000 across one mile. The Queen’s Vase (Group 2) - 5:35 pm. The prize fund for this race is 265,000 across one mile and six furlongs. The Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) - 6:10 pm. The prize fund is 100,000 across five furlongs. Racing Tips: Royal Ascot 2023 The Queen Mary Stakes Tips: the Queen Mary Stakes has seen some impressive displays of speed in recent years, especially Lady Aurelia’s win in 2016. The Kensington Palace Stakes Tips: two progressive candidates for the title of the Kensington Palace Stakes are HAZIYA and White Moonlight. Duke of Cambridge Stakes Tip: Prosperous Voyage looks to be one of the front runners in our mind for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes due to them being a group 1 winner over a straight 1m last summer, along with looking strong at Epsom. Prince of Wales’s Stakes tip: having won the Champion Stakes last time around, our tip for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes is Bay Bridge. Royal Hunt Cup Tip: our tip for the Royal Hunt Cup is DUNUM due to their strong credentials, and his trainer is in fantastic form this month! The Queen’s Vase Tips: The Queen’s Vase can be a guide for future Gold Cup contenders. With the Queen's own Estimate, along with Leading Light and Stradavarius, all being victorious in previous years. The Windsor Castle Stakes Tip: This is certainly one for the speed machines over five furlongs. This is often targeted by international raiders like Wesley Ward’s Yard. Strike The Tiger and Hootenanny are two previous winners. Conclusion Day two of Royal Ascot is bound to be just as action-packed and exhilarating as day one, if not more so! Hopefully, some of these tips help punters and racing fans alike root for the correct horse and increase their prize pots! FAQs When is Royal Ascot 2023? Royal Ascot 2023 will run from Tuesday, the 20th of June, until Saturday, the 24th of June. Are spectators allowed at Royal Ascot 2023? People wishing to attend Royal Ascot 2023 can do so on all five days to maximum capacity. This is in accordance with the Government guidelines. Where can I watch Royal Ascot 2023? All 35 races will be shown on TV, either on ITV or Sky Sports Racing. (ITV will show race 2 onwards on days 1,2,3,4 and race 3 onwards on day 5.) (Sky Sports will be showing every single one of the 35 races throughout Royal Ascot.) How many races are there at Royal Ascot 2023? Each day will consist of seven races across five days. This will total a whopping thirty-five races across the course of Royal Ascot 2023. Contact Details Acroud Media

June 21, 2023 02:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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DEEM Enterprises Signs First Strategic Construction Partnership With Northstar Technologies Group for Renaissance at Bader Field Project

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DEEM Enterprises today announced it has signed its first construction contract with Northstar Technologies Group, a pioneer of fiber reinforced polymer composite structural building systems, for its Renaissance at Bader Field redevelopment project. The strategic partnership is a crucial first step for the project, and marks the first large-scale sustainable project in the world utilizing advanced composite building technologies for energy efficiency, resiliency and sustainability. Northstar delivers sustainable, cost-effective projects for clients nationwide, across a range of market sectors and building types. It offers a unique portfolio of products focused on sustainable building structures and systems, creating stronger, ultra-energy efficient and smarter building structures. Utilizing Northstar’s pioneering energy efficient technology, the commercial and residential construction of Renaissance at Bader Field will facilitate eco-conscious developments while negating any environmental deficit, bringing transformative industry and progressive models for sustainability that push the envelope for emerging green technologies. The resilient and sustainable-planned community at Renaissance at Bader Field will be engineered to protect against natural threats, with the agility to adopt evolving technology. Renaissance at Bader Field will be built to LEED Platinum certifications standards, and act as a beacon of energy independence, integrating healthily and symbiotically with its natural and cultural surroundings. “The Renaissance at Bader Field project is more than a redevelopment; it’s a catalyst for transformation, and for the future of Atlantic City,” said Erick Feishtans, CEO of DEEM Enterprises. “I am incredibly excited for this partnership with Northstar as we move forward in our ongoing commitment to the New Jersey Green Economy, and I’m confident that our work together will be transformative across the board.” As part of its role in the redevelopment of Bader Field, Northstar will retrofit the current Skate Zone building into a 70,000 square foot temporary manufacturing facility, and upon completion of the project, Northstar will relocate to a permanent facility within the greater Atlantic City area. Per the terms outlined by DEEM Enterprises’ Memorandum of Understanding with Atlantic City, the SkateZone operation will also be relocated to an alternate site within Atlantic City. This move will be a boon for the local job economy. It will include minimum targets to utilize local companies and workers as well as WBE and MBE businesses during the construction phase, create thousands of substantial manufacturing and high-tech jobs, and provide training programs to various local labor unions participating in the project. For more information on the Renaissance at Bader Field Redevelopment Project, please visit For more information on Northstar products, please visit About Northstar As the pioneer in sustainable and tech driven building methods, Northstar Technologies is reinventing the construction industry by using its Patented Advanced Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite building systems which reduce construction costs, total cost of ownership and construction time. With all the natural disasters in the world today, high-performance building materials using reimagined construction systems and methods must be utilized to give us a fighting chance in protecting our loved ones, our environment & our global assets. As Mother Nature has shown us throughout our lifetimes, Homes and commercial buildings made with traditional materials like wood, steel and concrete are not equipped to survive natural disasters, degradation and natural processes over time and yet the construction industry has failed to utilize more resilient options. Northstar Technologies has shown that it can outlast traditional building materials, thereby lowering construction & maintenance costs over the life of the structure. About Renaissance at Bader Field Renaissance at Bader Field is a planned $3.2 billion dollar, net-zero carbon LEED Platinum community to be built upon Bader Field that will transform the Atlantic City, New Jersey economy. The fundamental design approach of this new community is rooted in resilient and sustainable design methodologies while our microgrid concept for energy generation and distribution, with the ability to utilize clean hydrogen, will serve as a model for future self-sustaining projects the world over. This new community will act as a catalyst for the financial rebirth of Atlantic City by attracting new job-creating industries, increasing the city’s tax base and diversifying future businesses in the city. Most importantly, this immense development will foster and promote the core values of equity and empowerment and will serve the citizens of Atlantic City. Contact Details Mike Adorno Hot Paper Lantern Company Website

June 20, 2023 10:44 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Minuteman Press Franchise in Huntersville, NC Has Grand Opening for Brand New Location

Minuteman Press International Inc

Neha Katrodia is the owner of the brand new Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise located at 9606 Sherrill Estates Rd., Suite A, Huntersville, NC 28078. After opening their doors in March of 2023, Minuteman Press in Huntersville held their official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 2, 2023. The event was hosted by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce and was attended by Huntersville Commissioner Dan Boone. Neha shares, “The Huntersville community has been very welcoming and interested in learning more about our business. I'm so thankful to everyone who came to support us during the grand opening and showed interest in growing together.” She continues, “Owning my own business means taking on my father's path to becoming an entrepreneur. Most importantly, I feel a sense of personal fulfillment and I look forward to seeing this new venture grow and succeed while helping other local businesses with all of their printing and promotional needs.” Joining Neha in the business are two key staff members: Denis Vargas, graphic designer/production; as well as Neha’s husband Mehul Katrodia, marketing agent. While Denis provides clients with custom creative designs and a sharp eye for details, Mehul manages the marketing side including Google and social media accounts. Neha, meanwhile, has already jumped into several networking groups to become active in the community, including the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce as well as the Huntersville BNI group. She says, “I feel it’s important to get out there and engage with clients in person and also market our business online. Once clients come to us, we enjoy working with them to bring their visions to life and delivery high quality products and service. Our staff is ready and willing to welcome clients to Minuteman Press in Huntersville with open arms.” Prior to buying the business, Neha always had wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and become her own boss. She explains, “I have a healthcare and medical billing background; however, I grew up in the business environment. My father has been a businessman from my early childhood years and has owned various businesses from then to now. I also helped him run some of them due to the language barrier he had at times.” Neha further shares why she chose to own a Minuteman Press franchise, stating: “The continuous local support that Minuteman Press offers is amazing; The B2B hours of operation allow me to balance my business and personal lives; Minuteman Press allows me to follow my passion for creating something so unique with every project or job.” She adds, “The training program was extremely informative and allowed me to feel confident in front of clients. Now, the local support to lean on here in my region has been so helpful with advice and guidance on unique projects. We also use the Minuteman Press FLEX software made available to us as a key marketing tool for growth.” Following the successful grand opening, Neha is excited for the future of her new business. She concludes, “At Minuteman Press, we love working with other local businesses and organizations. I look forward to supporting them with our personalized products and services as we are all in this together.” Minuteman Press in Huntersville is located at 9606 Sherrill Estates Rd., Suite A, Huntersville, NC 28078. For more information, call 704-594-8699 or visit their website: Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and read Minuteman Press franchise reviews at Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 Company Website

June 20, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fine Hygienic Holding Sets World Record Speed on Tissue Machine at Abu Dhabi Mill

Fine Hygienic Holding

Fine Hygienic Holding, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality hygiene products and the MENA region’s largest paper producer, has made history after setting a new record-breaking pace of productivity at its Al Nakheel Paper Mill in Abu Dhabi. The mill set a world record related to production speed on its tissue machine manufacturing 13.2 grams per square-meter (gsm) at 2,222 meter per minute for 24 hours – running with an efficiency rate of 96.5 per cent. The achievement was made possible due a combination of factors, including the exceptional capabilities of the team, a steadfast ‘run-to-target’ culture, and the Valmet Advantage DCT Tissue Technology. FHH has always been committed to delivering consistent and superior quality and quantity, and the new world speed record showcases the company’s dedication to pushing boundaries to the limit in combination with achieving excellence. The Advantage DCT technology seamlessly integrates the specific needs of tissue makers with extensive technical expertise and application know-how, culminating in a state-of-the-art tissue-making process. The advanced technology ensures efficient production of high-quality tissue products, using virgin pulp with exceptional efficiency. Wolfgang Lied, Chief of Operations, Product Development, and Engineering at Fine Hygienic Holding, expressed immense pride in the achievement: “I am very proud of this extraordinary performance – simply fabulous. To achieve a world record demands two major things: A world class team and world class equipment. The team showed that a dream can come true when you are focused, engaged, passionate, and skilled.” Samir Masoud, UAE Supply Chain Director at Fine Hygienic Holding, highlighted the instrumental role played by the machine: “The Advantage DCT machine has performed in a very stable and reliable manner during the journey to gear up the machine speed from normal 2,000 meter per minute to where we are today. The fact this great achievement was reached with 96.5 per cent efficiency is just amazing.” The record-breaking achievement was made possible due to the leadership of Khalil Shorbaji, Al Nakheel’s Operation Manager, and Abdelhadi Alhader, Al Nakheel’s Technical Manager. It took place on an Advantage DCT 200 machine, a tissue production line with a design speed of 2,200 m/min. The machine measures 5.6m in width and incorporates stock preparation systems and auxiliary equipment. The Al Nakheel mill in Abu Dhabi has now established a new benchmark for high-speed production and efficiency. Known for its ability to produce conventional tissues in cost- and energy-efficient ways, the Advantage DCT concept has become a world standard to produce conventional tissue paper. It offers sustainable production of high tissue quality with low energy and water consumption, as well as high efficiency and reliability at low operational costs. The concept is available in various models and sizes to meet specific production demands. The world record follows FHH’s recent achievement of receiving the Excellence in Sustainability Environmental Certificate from CHEP, a global provider of supply chain solutions. This recognition is testament to the company’s significant efforts towards sustainable practices and minimising its environmental impact. Fine Hygienic Holding (FHH), one of the world’s leading wellness groups and MENA’s leading manufacturer of hygienic products, serves consumers in more than 80 countries around the world. Originally established as a paper manufacturer, FHH has transformed into a wellness company dedicated to enhancing global health and wellbeing. Fine Hygienic Holding offers a diverse array of award-winning products, including sterilized facial tissues, napkins, kitchen towels, toilet paper, baby diapers, adult briefs, and jumbo rolls. It also offers away-from-home products to accommodate all types of private and public institutions in addition to its long-lasting germ protection solutions. FHH also brings innovative nutritional supplements and longevity drinks including eon and Motiva to the market. Contact Details FINE HYGIENIC HOLDING Pragati Malik +971 54 531 5575 Company Website

June 20, 2023 08:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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America’s fastest-growing sport unites retired professional athletes from baseball, hockey, football, and basketball to create PBX Pickleball

PBX Pickleball

The Sports Facilities Companies (SFC), the nation’s leading manager of sports and recreation facilities, have teamed up with sports industry leaders, and retired professional male and female athletes to launch PBX Pickleball. Advisors for the new organization include 3x MLB All-Star Kevin Youkilis, 4x World Series Champ Tino Martinez, 2x MLB All-Star Brad Penny, 18-year MLB veteran Kent Mercker, NHL Player, Coach, GM and Team President Paul Holmgren, 4x Stanley Cup Champ Kris Draper, NFL Pro Bowler and Super Bowl Champ Golden Tate, former CEO of USA Pickleball Stu Upson, and more. PBX Pickleball will attract top retired professional athletes from all major sports, including baseball, hockey, football, and basketball, and has entered a partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) and the NHL Alumni Association. Additional partnerships will be announced. PBX Pickleball will incorporate retired players’ charities and other nonprofit organizations nationwide. PBX Pickleball will consist of four experiences: PBX Tour will bring together retired sports stars turned avid pickleball players, starting with athletes who previously competed at the highest levels of their sports. Each player will represent their respective sports in PBX Pickleball tournaments for audiences watching in person, via television broadcasts, and through digital media. PBX Pro-Ams will allow amateur pickleball players to play with and against former male and female stars of major sports teams. PBX Pickleball Pro-Ams will align with professional pickleball tour stops and occur adjacent to these events, including the PBX Tour. PBX Dream Weekends will offer the ultimate pickleball experience for amateur participants. Pickleball enthusiasts will learn from professional pickleball players and interact with dozens of retired athletes. PBX Corporate Experiences will be fully customizable with turnkey services to support corporate meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions. Retired professional athletes will be part of the experience. “The pickleball explosion in America continues to attract players and spectators at a rapid pace,” said Jason Clement, CEO of The Sports Facilities Companies. “Passionate participants now include hundreds of professional athletes who found pickleball in retirement. PBX Pickleball will harness the talent and competitive spirit to offer excitement and experiences that fans will love.” With over 45 SFC-managed venues that represent the SF Network, the Sports Facilities Companies will leverage relationships nationwide to book and market PBX Pickleball events. Notable participants, event dates, venues, broadcast partners, and sponsors will be confirmed in the weeks ahead. “So many sports heroes from baseball, hockey, football, and basketball have become exceptional pickleball players,” said Youkilis. “As one of those retired athletes who picked up the game myself, I’m excited to see PBX Pickleball allow us to scratch our competitive itch, interact with our fans, and continue our playing careers through a sport that is so much fun to play. We’ll also make pickleball a blast to watch on TV.” “Pickleball has not only served as the fastest-growing sport in the country for the past three years, it has been elevated to a social phenomenon,” said Justin Maloof, USA Pickleball Chief Operating Officer. “With that in mind, PBX Pickleball’s vision to interweave other great American sports, while engaging with top pro athletes, will create even more unique and amazing experiences for both pickleball participants and spectators.” PBX Pickleball is currently exploring a multi-year strategic partnership with USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for the sport in the United States. Fans can sign up for PBX Pickleball news at or follow @pbxpickleball on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. About The Sports Facilities Companies The Sports Facilities Companies (SFC) are the nation’s leading resources for the management and development of sports, recreation, wellness, and events facilities. As a turn-key solution for community leaders and developers alike, SFC services span the gamut of sports and recreation needs from sports tourism & recreation master planning, program planning, and feasibility through professional facility management services. Our 45+ managed venues and 2000+ team members, represented by the SF Network, welcome more than 25 million guest visits and produce over $300 million in economic impact each year. To learn more, please visit and About USA Pickleball USA Pickleball is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of pickleball in the United States. Its mission is to promote the development and growth of the sport while sanctioning events and providing annual members with premier tournaments, educational opportunities, player rankings, official rules and other exclusive benefits. USA Pickleball is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that is governed and operated by a Board of Directors and a national office staff, who provide the guidance and infrastructure for the continued expansion of the sport. Contact Details Eric Nemeth Company Website

June 20, 2023 08:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Always excited to test its products at the highest level, ENEOS Motor Oil will again join brand ambassadors Dai Yoshihara and Evasive Motorsports at the annual Race To The Clouds. The legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) takes the team to the 14,115ft summit, tackling 156 challenging turns over the 12.42-mile course. Previous attempts saw the team claim the 2020 Unlimited Class win with its 900hp ENEOS Racing / Evasive Motorsports Toyota 86. It then set the fastest time for an EV in 2022 with the Turn 14 Distribution / Yokohama Tire / ENEOS / Evasive Motorsports Tesla Model 3 Pikes Peak. Constantly seeking new challenges, the team is returning to Colorado this year with the Evasive Motorsports / ENEOS Oil Honda S2000RS. It’s the racing sibling of the team’s recently announced Honda S2000R resto-mod and is based on a 2004 S2000. It was selected because the company has extensive experience racing and tuning the sports car, becoming very familiar with its attributes and strengths. As part of the team's development program, the S2000RS was campaigned in Time Attack races during the 2022 season, where it showed impressive potential. Among its key attributes are nimble handling, thanks to the combination of a lightweight chassis, premium suspension components and high-speed downforce. The Honda also has a healthy power to weight ratio, thanks to its heavily modified Honda F20 four-cylinder motor developing 650hp in a vehicle weighing 2400 lb. POWER To catapult the Evasive Motorsports / ENEOS Oil Honda S2000RS up Pikes Peak, the F20 engine capacity has been increased from 2.0 to 2.4 liters with a 12.5:1 high-compression Toda Racing bore and stroke kit utilizing 87.5mm pistons, I-beam chrome moly fully floating connecting rods, and a 99mm dynamically balanced crankshaft. To help the enlarged engine breathe at altitude, it has a big-valve Toda cylinder head with sports camshafts, Bosch throttle body and RZCrew billet intake manifold ingesting pressurized air from the HKS GT6290 ball-bearing turbocharger. Just like all its previous Pikes Peak attempts, Evasive Motorsports is again using ENEOS Racing 0W-50 synthetic lubricants, which provide superior performance at higher temperatures while protecting critical engine components. And although the previous Tesla Model 3 racer didn’t require engine oil, the car did help to develop the new line of advanced ENEOS EV Fluids that contributed to lower friction and superior cooling. With the engine developing 650hp, the team wanted to evolve the two-seat sports car’s handling by widening the track and improving the aerodynamic downforce. These goals were achieved with a Voltex Circuit Version 3 aero body kit from Japan, which was supplemented by a high-downforce front splitter and rear wing. A carbon fiber Mugen hardtop was also installed to smooth the airflow over the cockpit. In addition to the aero properties, the body modifications improved engine cooling and allowed the team to widen the Honda’s footprint, squeezing 280/650 R18 Yokohama A005 racing slicks under the wider fenders on 18x11” Titan 7 T-P5 forged racing wheels. The team also spent months dialing-in the handling with KW suspension, StopTech brakes and a new Bosch ABS system. A major addition for 2023 is the OS Giken OS-7 sequential transmission with Hollinger pneumatic shifter kit. It provides paddle shifts, allowing Dai to keep his hands on the wheel in the 156 turns. An IP 8.8 differential kit with OS Giken limited-slip internals helps to maximize cornering traction. “We’re extremely optimistic about our chances this year,” said Mike Chang, CEO at Evasive Motorsports. “With years of experience working on the S2000 chassis and the intensive development we put into both our S2000R project and now the S2000RS for Pikes Peak, we’ve set our sights on the Open Class. We’d love to be the first Japanese tuner car to finish under 10min because it’s never been done before. Of course, there are so many things that can go wrong under the pressure of competition, but we feel the 2023 race presents another opportunity to bring home the silverware!” DAI YOSHIHARA Best known for his highly successful Formula DRIFT career, during which he claimed the 2011 PRO Championship title, the Japanese driver is remarkably adaptable behind the wheel. Currently participating in the TC America racing series in a Honda Civic Type R, Dai also has extensive experience in Time Attack, GT racing, driver training and more. The 101st running of the PPIHC will mark Dai’s fifth Race To The Clouds. His first was in 2019 at the wheel of the ENEOS Racing / Evasive Motorsports Toyota 86. A differential problem ended his aspirations, but he returned to claim the Unlimited Class win the following year. In 2021, the team switched to the Turn 14 Distribution / Yokohama Tire / ENEOS / Evasive Motorsports Tesla Model 3 Pikes Peak. The electric power delivery and handling balance demanded a new driving style, and while electrical gremlins scuppered his 2021 ambitions, the team’s efforts were rewarded last year with the fastest climb set by an EV, helped by a wet track. “We’ve had mixed fortunes at Pikes Peak but I feel we have a real chance for a good result this year,” Dai told us. “We’re competing against a lot of fast cars in the Open Class with a 2004 Honda four-cylinder, but I feel really comfortable in the Evasive Motorsports / ENEOS Oil Honda S2000RS. It’s faster than our previous cars and the handling is excellent. The stock S2000 is one of the best handling Japanese sports cars and Evasive has enhanced it with top components, so we’re hoping for a sub-10min time this year – ideally close to 9:50. However, you never know what the weather will do, so it's always a lottery. We’re taking Yokohama slicks and rain tires to ensure we’re prepared, as long as it doesn’t snow!” The 101st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place on June 25. The Evasive Motorsports / ENEOS Oil Honda S2000RS will also participate in the Pikes Peak Fan Fest, which takes place in downtown Colorado Springs on June 23 from 5-9PM. The team will be meeting fans and handing out swag. SPECIFICATIONS EVASIVE MOTORSPORTS / ENEOS OIL HONDA S2000RS Engine: F20 four-cylinder, bored and stroked to 2.4-liters with 12.5:1 high-compression Toda Racing bore and stroke kit utilizing 87.5mm pistons, I-beam chrome moly, fully floating connecting rods and bearings, 99mm dynamically balanced crankshaft, big-valve Toda cylinder head with uprated springs, Beryllium seats and Toda camshafts, HKS GT6290 ball-bearing turbocharger, MoTeC M150 engine management, Origin Fab exhaust manifold, EVS Tuning side-exit exhaust, Bosch throttle body, RZCrew billet intake manifold, ENEOS Racing 0W-50 high-performance synthetic motor oil Transmission: OS Giken OS-7 sequential unit, Hollinger pneumatic shifter kit, IP 8.8 differential kit with OS Giken limited-slip diff internals Chassis: KW three-way dampers, Wisefab spherical arms, subframe reinforcement, AST air jack system Brakes: StopTech six-piston front calipers and 14” rotors, four-piston rear calipers and 12.9” rotors, CSG brake pads, Bosch Motorsports ABS Wheels & Tires: 18x11” Titan 7 T-P5 forged racing wheels, 280/650 R18 Yokohama A005 racing slicks Exterior: Voltex Circuit Version 3 aero body kit with high-downforce front splitter and rear wing, Mugen carbon fiber hardtop Interior: MoTeC C127 dashboard display and Power Distribution Module, Bride seats, Sparco harnesses EDITOR’S NOTE High-resolution images of the Evasive Motorsports / ENEOS Oil Honda S2000RS are available here for editorial use: ABOUT EVASIVE MOTORSPORTS Established in 2002 and based in Southern California, Evasive Motorsports has been dedicated to the best quality performance parts at very competitive prices. With years of experience in the aftermarket automotive industry, our staff is knowledgeable about the products we sell. We also aim to provide the best customer service possible. Evasive focuses on vehicle balance, not solely on horsepower, as reflected by the wide variety of brands and specific areas of functionality offered on the website. Evasive Motorsports also offers race preparation, wheel alignment, corner balancing, suspension installation and tuning, and general maintenance. The company has track-tested an extensive range of parts, so don’t hesitate to call if you’re looking for recommendations. For more information visit ABOUT ENEOS MOTOR OIL Established in 1888 and headquartered in Tokyo, ENEOS is Japan’s largest oil company, with manufacturing and sales facilities throughout the world. With a unique position in its home market, ENEOS has worked with Asia’s automakers and leading race teams for decades, creating advanced lubricants with their vehicle engineers to provide optimum fuel economy with maximum power and long-term protection. ENEOS also recently announced a new line of products for future electric vehicle applications, helping to ensure the newest EV technology is operating as efficiently as possible. For more information, please visit Contact Details The ID Agency Greg Emmerson Company Website

June 20, 2023 08:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Founders of Kettlebell Kings Sue Factory 14, Razor Group for Fraud and Breach of Contract

IL Ventures, LLC - a Kettlebell King Series

Kettlebell Kings, a leading manufacturer and seller of kettlebells and fitness equipment, recently filed a multi-count lawsuit against both Factory 14 and Razor Group, alleging fraud, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment among eight counts. The lawsuit alleges that the founders of Kettlebell Kings and the company have been damaged by the failed purchase of Kettlebell Kings by Factory 14 and Razor Group. Kettlebell Kings, which has been in operation for more than a decade, successfully grew from a startup to generate annual revenue of more than $5 million in 2021. In November 2021, the founders agreed to be acquired by Factory 14, a United Kingdom-based company that claimed to have the vision and resources to help develop the brand into a $20 million company. However, shortly after the acquisition, problems began to arise. According to the lawsuit, two of the founders, who continued to run the business under the new ownership, determined that the purchase terms of the agreement were regularly violated. They were unable to purchase inventory, even using their own sales revenue. Despite promising ambitious agreements and profit-sharing arrangements, the new ownership failed to adequately support the brand. To the founders' surprise, Factory 14 had simultaneously engineered another transaction in which it was purchased by Razor Group, without disclosing this to the plaintiffs. According to the legal complaint, the founders believe that this transaction was part of a pattern of acquisitions intended to bolster Factory 14's financials solely for additional capital raises and investments. Factory 14 is alleged to have misrepresented the role of the founders of Kettlebell Kings in the sale to Razor Group and made false representations using their business reputation and success to enhance its value in the transaction. All the while, Factory 14 never disclosed its intention to depart from the agreements made with Kettlebell Kings. The lawsuit states that as the business relationship deteriorated further with Razor Group, it became apparent that the new owners lacked experience in the direct consumer market and had no infrastructure to support Kettlebell Kings. Payments required by the consulting agreement were not made on time, inventory was not purchased, and the founders were denied crucial information about the business's operation. Some payments remain unpaid. Razor Group's actions damaged not only the founders of Kettlebell Kings but also the longstanding business relationships the company had developed. According to the lawsuit, Razor Group ceased all inventory purchases, stopped paying manufacturers and vendors, and damaged customer relationships. The lawsuit also alleges that Razor Group misled both Kettlebell Kings and its investors by representing itself as profitable and successful while claiming Kettlebell Kings was struggling. The plaintiffs assert that Razor Group focused more on fundraising rather than effectively managing the businesses it owned. On its website, Razor Group states that it is trusted by leading investors Blackrock, Victory Park Capital, and Fortress among others. The eight-count lawsuit includes allegations of fraud, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment, among others. The plaintiffs argue that they have suffered irreparable damages, and the actions of Razor Group will make it nearly impossible for them to conduct business in the fitness industry in the future. In another case, Razor Group GMBH is currently being sued for fraud and breach of contract in Massachusetts by fitness company Tribe WOD in a lawsuit with a similar fact pattern to the Kettlebell Kings Texas case. The Kettlebell Kings lawsuit was filed in Texas by IL Ventures, LLC - a Kettlebell King Series and its founders Chad Price, Jay Perkins, and Nehemiah Heard against defendants Factory 14 UK Acquisition VI, Factory 14 UK Acquisition VII, and Razor Group GMBH. The lawsuit can be downloaded here and at Contact Details John P. David +1 888-859-6637

June 20, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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