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Kirk Morrison Helps Launch 29th Annual Kickoff to Rebuild Event During Super Bowl Weekend

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Rebuilding Together, a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to repairing the homes of people in need, partnered with Lowe’s, the Official Home Improvement Sponsor of the NFL, for the 29th annual Kickoff to Rebuild event during Super Bowl weekend. As part of the event, former NFL player, Kirk Morrison, teamed up with Rebuilding Together President and CEO, Caroline Blakely, and Lowe’s Home Improvement District Manager, John Sayre, on a satellite media tour to discuss the event and the important work being done nationwide. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/trwi5JJf4JY In neighborhoods nationwide, more than 2.6 million homeowners live in deteriorating, physically inadequate homes that threaten their health and safety, including those near Allegiant Stadium, the site of Super Bowl LVIII. Having a safe and healthy home is foundational to so many aspects of our lives, from a sense of community and safety to physical and mental well-being, to economic security and independence. Through its national network of affiliates, Rebuilding Together works proactively and collaboratively with community leaders, long-term residents, funders, and volunteers to foster dialogue and create safe, healthy communities across the country. Kickoff to Rebuild represents Rebuilding Together’s belief that every neighbor should have the opportunity to live in a safe and healthy home and community, and to remain in the places they call home. To date, through Kickoff to Rebuild, Rebuilding Together has made improvements to more than 176 homes, engaged 5,200 volunteers, and invested $6 million to communities in need. Lowe’s has partnered with Rebuilding Together since 2007, and has worked together to revitalize communities and improve the lives of thousands of our neighbors over the years. In 2023, Lowes announced a two-year, $6 million donation to Rebuilding Together to address urgent housing challenges by providing safe homes for veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and neighbors impacted by disaster. This year’s event was led by the nonprofit’s local affiliate, Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada, which has helped provide more than 7,800 Las Vegas families with safer community spaces and healthier homes over the past 30 years. As part of this project, volunteers, local contractors and members of the community came together to provide essential repairs including roof and door replacements, extensive bathroom upgrades, exterior painting, landscaping improvements, and new water heaters all at no cost to the homeowners. Additionally, the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada’s John C. Kish Club received a fresh coat of paint to its large gymnasium to provide a safe and enjoyable place for youth to play, learn, build relationships and grow. To learn more, and to find out how to get involved, visit rebuildingtogether.org Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

February 13, 2024 11:53 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Türkiye’s First Direct NYSE-Listed Company, Marti Technologies, Benefits As Ride Hailing Takes Off

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By Meg Flippin, Benzinga Ride-hailing is taking off in Türkiye, particularly in cities from Istanbul to Izmir to Antalya, as the middle class grows, the population increases and people trade private vehicles and public transportation for on-demand rides. Marti Technologies Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: MRT), the leading mobility app company hailing from Türkiye, is capitalizing on that growing demand. The company, which launched its app in 2019, matches riders with car and motorcycle drivers and operates a large fleet of rental e-mopeds, e-bikes and e-scooters. Marti Technologies reports that it became the number one mobility app in Turkiye in 2020, a year after its application launch, and has retained that position every year since. The company also reports that it has over 4.5 million unique riders on its application, and its ride-hailing service boasts 452,000 unique riders and 100,000 registered drivers. All of Marti’s offerings are serviced by proprietary software systems and IoT infrastructure. Trailblazing With Its U.S. Listing Another important milestone, one that's rare for a Turkish company, is a direct U.S. listing. But that’s exactly what Marti accomplished this past summer, debuting on the NYSE. Marti was able to pull off the U.S. listing by merging with Galata Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: GLTA). The deal was first announced in August of 2022, and Marti began trading about a year later. Marti reports that its NYSE debut was the first direct listing of a company in Türkiye, and it is expected to serve as a model for other companies in Türkiye and the region that want to tap the public markets in the U.S. The fact that Marti chose this pioneering financing model underscores the growth potential for ride-hailing in the country, particularly in the Turkish metropolises. Marti’s public listing was recognized as the International Equity Capital Markets Deal of the Year by Bonds, Loans, and ESG Capital Markets CEE (Central and Eastern Europe), CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) & Türkiye Awards 2023. McKinsey & Company, the consulting firm, estimates the taxi market size in Türkiye was between $9 billion to $12 billion as of 2021. By 2030, McKinsey & Co. forecasts that the ride-hailing market could grow to between $15 billion and $20 billion. Checking Off All The Boxes When the deal was first announced, Marti said the U.S. listing would help it go after the fast-growing Türkiye market, maintain its leadership position, expand its scale and reach to retain customers – and do all of it in an environmentally friendly way. “In its first four years, Marti has achieved significant traction for its mobility products, strong growth and best-in-class unit profitability,” Alper Oktem, Founder and CEO of Marti, said at the time. “We are privileged to have the support of top-tier investors and access to the U.S. capital markets following the closing of this proposed transaction, which will leave Marti well-capitalized to seek to become Türkiye’s first mobility super app by expanding into other attractive adjacencies, leveraging our growing and loyal customer base.” Since that announcement, Marti seems to have checked all those boxes and then some, showcasing growth that seems similar to ride-hailing leaders in the U.S. such as Uber Technologies Inc. (NYSE: UBER). Month-over-month in December Marti saw ride-hailing riders grow 19% and registered drivers grow 11%. Both areas grew faster than the company expected, underscoring how big of an unmet need it serves. Given the growth in riders and drivers, the company expects to have more than 700,000 riders and over 120,000 registered drivers by March 31, 2024. If Uber is any evidence, those double-digit growth rates may continue as Marti establishes itself as a leader in the region. For Uber’s third quarter, which it announced in November, the ride-hailing leader posted a 31% year-over-year increase in mobility gross bookings – and that’s in saturated markets. More importantly, it was able to achieve profitability in its ride-hailing business, the largest part of its operation. While Marti is currently in a legal battle with the taxi association of Istanbul, the notoriously poor quality of service of taxis in the city clearly suggests that an alternative solution is necessary. The UEFA Champions League final, soccer's most prestigious club event globally, took place in Istanbul in 2023, and the competition's governing body UEFA advised all fans and tourists visiting the city to not use taxis for transportation. The problems endemic to the taxi sector in Turkey range from not picking up locals to charging exorbitant unmetered fees to tourists to verbal and physical violence. Future Plans And Growth Potential Marti may be focused on ride-hailing for now, but the company plans to expand into other areas of mobility and services, which will increase sales and improve its bottom line. While it's sporting a market capitalization of around $40 million as of mid-January 2024, Marti recently launched a share buyback program, and there may be a lot of potential. One only has to look at the valuations of some of Türkiye’s successful online to offline services businesses including e-commerce giant Trendyol, grocery delivery company Getir and food delivery app Yemeksepeti, for evidence. Trendyol, which is majority-owned by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) – China’s leading e-commerce company, which is one of the country’s first decacorns with a valuation of more than $16 billion – while Getir sports a valuation of around $2.5 billion and Yemeksepeti was acquired by Delivery Hero in a $589 million deal. Türkiye is reportedly unique in that local players, not international ones, tend to lead in the market and grow organically through investments and via M&A. Over the years Alibaba has invested $1.4 billion into Türkiye and plans to invest as much as $2 billion more. Given Türkiye’s strategic location between Europe and Asia, Alibaba sees Türkiye as the perfect pit stop to fuel the e-commerce giant’s expansion in Europe. As a result, it has been investing to build up logistics and data centers in key locations in the country. It’s not just Alibaba that is eyeing Türkiye for expansion. Shein, the fast-fashion brand, recently started manufacturing in Türkiye, and in the fall, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) opened its first logistics center. All of that could fuel the rise of the middle class in Türkiye and the need for rides in cities, which means potentially more business for Marti. The ride-hailing market seems to be taking off in Türkiye, and Marti seems well-positioned to capitalize. It's already a leading app and has the name recognition of a U.S. listing and the backing of investors in U.S. markets. It doesn’t yet boast the market valuation of its larger rivals in the U.S. and can’t claim decacorn status in Türkiye, but that also indicates room to grow. Marti has the pedal to the metal and plans to stay in the lane for the years to come. Featured photo by Anna Berdnik on Unsplash. Benzinga is a leading financial media and data provider, known for delivering accurate, timely, and actionable financial information to empower investors and traders. This post contains sponsored content. This content is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Benzinga +1 877-440-9464 info@benzinga.com Company Website http://www.benzinga.com

February 13, 2024 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Sail Into The Season of Love and Friendship with Norwegian Cruise Line

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Travel Expert and Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic, Colleen McDaniel, teamed up with Norwegian Cruise Line on a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss top cruise destinations, tips for planning, and much more. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/uPu9vc9Oo8c Love is in the air, and this February it's all about reconnecting with those we cherish most. Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with your romantic partner, or Galentine’s Day, the celebration of female friendships founded by the legendary, but fictional Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation, with the heroines in your life, February is a reminder of the extraordinary connections with friends, family and partners. There’s no better way to reconnect with the important people in your life than by disconnecting from the whirlwind of daily responsibilities and embarking on a new journey together. Cruises provide the perfect setting for couples seeking a romantic escape, where they can indulge in exquisite restaurants, multiple bars and lounges, relaxing spa treatments, and adult-only areas for the ultimate dreamy getaway. Couples looking to splurge on their vacation can stay in The Haven by Norwegian®, NCL’s ship-within-a-ship luxury, keycard access only complex with a private restaurant, bar, lounge, 24-hour butler, and concierge service. The Haven offers couples a truly private experience when they want to be alone, as well as easy access to all of the excitement and attractions of the rest of the ship. And for those looking to celebrate their friendships – cruises are a great way to nurture those cherished connections and maximize the time spent with those most important. Finally, cruising is an easy way to explore popular destinations like Europe and Hawaii. NCL offers a great variety of immersive European itineraries visiting multiple countries in one voyage with few sea days and an average of 10.5 hours in port that allows for guests to bond and indulge in culturally rich destinations. In 2024, NCL will have 10 ships in the region, including the newest ships, Norwegian Prima and Norwegian Viva, offering couples and groups of girlfriends an array of itineraries sailing through the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Greek Isles. NCL is also the only cruise line to offer exclusive seven-day inter-island Hawaii cruises —one of the most sought-after voyages featuring nearly 100 hours of port time. The award-winning sailing visits the idyllic islands of Oahu, The Big Island; as well as two overnight stays in Maui and Kauai making it the perfect way to honeymoon with your partner or the most photo-worthy trip with your girls. Visit ncl.com to learn more about available itineraries and the best deals to start planning your ultimate vacation at sea. About Colleen McDaniel Colleen McDaniel is Editor-in-Chief of Cruise Critic, the world’s largest online cruise resource. She considers cruising to be a true passion, having traveled the world by water – from Alaska, the Caribbean and Hawaii, to Europe’s rivers, Antarctica and Africa – on ships of all shapes and sizes. She’s regularly quoted as a cruise expert in media outlets across the country, including outlets like The Associated Press, Good Morning America, CNN, FOX Business, CNBC, The New York Times, Travel + Leisure and Skift. Cruise Critic is the world’s largest cruise reviews and information site, offering a comprehensive resource for cruise travelers -- from first-time cruisers to avid cruise enthusiasts. The site features more than 50M+ opinions, reviews & photos and hosts the world's largest online cruise community. Cruise Critic is a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc. About Norwegian Cruise Line As the innovator in global cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for 57 years. Most notably, the cruise line revolutionized the industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their preferred schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Today, its fleet of 19 contemporary ships sail to 450 of the world's most desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company's private island in the Bahamas and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize. Norwegian Cruise Line not only provides superior guest service from land to sea, but also offers a wide variety of award-winning entertainment and dining options as well as a range of accommodations across the fleet, including solo-traveler staterooms, club balcony suites, and The Haven by Norwegian®, the company's ship-within-a-ship concept. For additional information or to book a cruise, contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit www.ncl.com. For the latest news and exclusive content, visit the NCL Newsroom and follow Norwegian Cruise Line on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok and YouTube @NorwegianCruiseLine; and Twitter @CruiseNorwegian. Norwegian Cruise Line is a wholly owned subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH). To learn more, visit www.nclhltd.com. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

February 12, 2024 12:39 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Crypto Analysis Platform yPredict Completes All 8 Rounds of Presale Successfully, Expands Team to Accelerate Growth

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yPredict, an AI-powered crypto analysis platform, today announced it has completed all its presale rounds to develop its platform further. The additional capital will support yPredict's continued growth as it evolves into a fully-fledged asset analysis platform. "We are thrilled to complete this last presale round, which demonstrates strong investor confidence in our vision," said Raj Sharma, CEO of yPredict. "These funds will enable us to accelerate the development of our AI-driven platform as we scale our capabilities to empower crypto & stocks investors with actionable, data-backed insights." With the presale complete, yPredict is expanding its team by hiring for several key roles, including Product Manager, Digital Marketing Specialist, Technical Stock Chart Analysis Content Writer, and Crypto Content Writer. These hires will be instrumental as yPredict cements itself as an industry-leading crypto analysis solution. yPredict leverages advanced AI and machine learning to analyze financial market data and identify profitable trading and investment opportunities. The platform delivers personalized, easy-to-understand analytics to help traders of all skill levels make smarter investment decisions. "We are at the forefront of leveraging AI to democratize access to sophisticated crypto market analysis. Our technology enables anyone, not just seasoned professionals, to trade with confidence," continued Raj Sharma. "With our strong funding base and expanded team, we are poised to take yPredict to new heights in 2024 and beyond." For more information on yPredict and its AI-powered crypto investing platform, visit ypredict.ai. About yPredict yPredict provides AI-powered crypto market analysis platform designed to uncover predictive insights and enable high-probability trading. Built by a team of AI and finance experts, yPredict helps crypto investors of all experience levels make smarter trading decisions through advanced analytics and machine learning. The company is based in Wilmington, DE. Contact Details yPredict Ankit Singh +1 302-597-6768 team@ypredict.ai Company Website https://ypredict.ai/

February 11, 2024 05:25 AM Eastern Standard Time

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HIBBETT X JORDAN RELEASE SECOND ‘CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF’ EPISODE FEATURING FLAG FOOTBALLER, AJA JOHNSON

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Hibbett, Inc., (NASDAQ:HIBB), an athletic-inspired fashion retailer with more than 1,158 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores nationwide, today announced the release of the newest Cleared For Takeoff, an uplifting digital series created in partnership with Jordan Brand to amplify stories of young athletes who are winning both in sport and in life. Fans can watch the new episode when it launches here and on the Hibbett YouTube channel beginning on Saturday, February 10 th at 12pm Central. The newest Cleared ForTakeoff episode is an exhilarating compilation of moments spent with south-side Chicago native, female flag footballer, dancer/choreographer, model, actor, sneaker enthusiast and Jordan Women’s Collective alumni, Aja Johnson. A talented artist and athlete, Johnson has been breaking barriers both on stage, in television, as a dance teacher and on the field playing with a successful co-ed flag football league in Chicago. Johnson met with the Cleared For Takeoff crew during a photoshoot in her hometown of Chicago, where she talked about how her determination and being a strong female, has led her to success on and off the field. “What I love about playing coed flag football is that I get to train with people that played in the NFL and played college ball. I’m getting like first-hand top-notch training and discipline in the sport and seeing my progress over the years,” said Aja Johnson. “I think one of the most important aspects of being an athlete is being a team player, it’s what makes you excel in a sport.” “ Cleared for Takeoff has been a hit with the sneaker community, since its debut last December, and we’re thrilled to release our second episode featuring flag footballer, Aja Johnson,” said Sarah Sharp-Wangaard, VP Marketing, Hibbett. “Our commitment to community involvement remains at the forefront of our projects and for this episode, we had the privilege of hosting a local high school female flag football team from Las Vegas, for an engaging event at Hibbett filled with tons of surprises. We are grateful to our partners at Jordan for helping us bring this series to life as we aim to spotlight the stories of people like Aja, who prove that girls can accomplish anything.” To mark Super Bowl weekend and the Jordan Flight Path experience, the Cleared For Takeoff crew headed to Las Vegas to capture an engaging celebration with 30 female varsity flag football players from the Bishop Gorman High School Gaels. The private event took place at the Sahara Hibbett store in Las Vegas and included a surprise appearance and meaningful conversation with NFL Linebacker, Devin White of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Aja Johnson. During the energizing event, the women were treated to full Jordan looks, professional make-up, custom jerseys branded with Team Johnson and Team White, media training, a photoshoot and $500 gift cards with a private shopping experience, courtesy of Hibbett and Jordan. Johnson continued, “I would like the next generation of female football players to really believe in themselves and trust themselves, trust their talents. Whatever desires and dreams you have, it’s your duty to follow them.” Continuing the celebration, Jordan Brand designed an exclusive ‘takeover’ of the Hibbett store located at 4620 West Sahara Ave in Las Vegas, featuring the exclusive Jordan Flight Path. The elevated branding and merchandise backdrop featured athlete signage and new product, bringing the entire Flight Path experience to life for the public. Fans can look forward to more Cleared For Takeoff episodes coming later in 2024. About Hibbett, Inc. Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1,158 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores, located in 36 states nationwide. Hibbett has a rich history of convenient locations, personalized customer service and access to coveted footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike, Jordan, and adidas. Consumers can browse styles, find new releases, shop looks and make purchases online or in their nearest store by visiting www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and X. Contact Details Wendy Yellin pr@hibbett.com Company Website https://www.Hibbett.com

February 10, 2024 06:19 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Bumble’s 2024 Dating Trends

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Bumble, the women-first dating and social networking app, recently released its annual dating trends for 2024. The popular dating app garnered insights from more than 25,000 singles on Bumble around the world to identify trends that will define dating and relationships in the year to come. Recently, Bumble’s Sex and Relationships Expert, Shan Boodram, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the trends and share tips on dating in 2024. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/tA1Q2D6PV6A Heading into 2024, there is an air of optimism and clarity for the ‘year of self’ as Bumble’s research shows that more than half (57%) of women surveyed are going into the new year with a clear view of what they want from their romantic lives. According to Bumble, this year will bring about: 1. Betterment Burnout: In recent years, we’ve seen a rise in ‘self-optimization’ which has led the majority of singles (55%) to feel pressure to constantly look for ways to better themselves, leaving 1 in 4 (24%) feeling unworthy of a partner. Looking ahead to 2024, singles are rebelling against the constant self-improvement with more than 2 in 3 women surveyed (68%) taking active steps to be happier with who they are here and now. 2. Timeline Decline: People, especially women, continue to feel a constant pressure to follow traditional relationship timelines. But in 2024, women are choosing to actively build their own path, with 1 in 3 (31%) women saying they are no longer focused on adhering to traditional timelines and milestones such as dating>marriage>kids. 3. Gen(erational)-Blend Romance: This year, people are doubling down on casting a wider net, age included. For 2 in 3 (63%) people, age is not a defining factor when dating with more than half (59%) of women saying they are now more open to dating someone younger than them. Below are some tips for those looking to kickstart their dating journey in 2024: ● Create a “to feel” list rather than a “to be/to have” list. Focusing on things you want a partner “to be” or “to have” like a specific height or a specific career can lead to a match that isn’t necessarily the kind, lasting connection you’re looking for. Instead, think about what you would put on your “To feel” list: ‘I want to feel safe, I want to feel respected, I want to feel protected.’ Creating this list can help you find and understand what is most important to you beyond physical attributes. ● Date smarter, not harder. In a recent Bumble survey, 1 in 4 U.S. daters shared that they feel short on time and want to make dating as efficient as possible. If you’re finding it hard to prioritize dating with your busy schedule - you’re not alone! Bumble’s data also shows that Monday between 7:00-8:00 pm is the most popular day and time on Bumble in the US. Capitalize on Bumble’s peak Monday time by using features that help you find more relevant potential partners, faster, like Bumble’s Advanced Filters feature, which allows you to filter for various values and lifestyle choices. ● Choose quality over quantity. Dating doesn’t have to be a numbers game. In fact, more than half (52%) of women recently surveyed about dating in 2024 said they are focusing on quality of dates over quantity. For more information, download the Bumble app via the App Store or Google Play. About Shan Boodram Shan Boodram is a certified sex educator, dating coach and intimacy expert. Boodram is host of the top podcast, "Lovers and Friends," the best-selling author of “The Game of Desire,” resident expert on Netflix's “Too Hot to Handle,” and host of The Marriage Pact on the Roku Channel. She is an ambassador for AIDS Healthcare Foundation and WomensHealth.gov, and a member of the American Sexual Health Association. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. About Bumble Bumble, the women-first dating and social networking app, was founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd in 2014. Bumble connects people across dating (Bumble Date), friendship (Bumble For Friends) and professional networking (Bumble Bizz). Bumble is built on the importance of equitable relationships and how crucial they are to a healthy, happy life. The app is built with a focus on kindness, respect, and equality – and the community plays an important part in that. Bumble holds its users accountable for their actions and strives to provide them with an experience free from hate, aggression, or bullying. The app is free to download and is widely available in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the web. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

February 09, 2024 11:42 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Hammer & Nails Celebrates 2023 Achievements and Unveils Ambitious Plans for 2024 Expansion

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Hammer & Nails Grooming for Guys, a leading name in the men's grooming sector, is excited to highlight its significant accomplishments in 2023 and unveil ambitious plans for further expansion in 2024. During the last decade, there’s been a pivotal shift in how self-care for men is prioritized. According to data gathered by market insight company Statista this year, the global male grooming market is estimated to be worth about 115 billion dollars by 2028. Aaron Meyers, CEO of Hammer & Nails, states, "The modern man is craving a place that is just for them. A place that treats them with respect and helps them look and feel their best. They are tired of impersonal take-a-number chop shops. Hammer & Nails addresses this underserved market by offering flexible, budget-friendly membership options while delivering a luxury experience.” In September, Hammer & Nails achieved a significant milestone by opening its second shop in Connecticut. This strategic move placed the brand in the heart of the popular Darien Commons/Noroton Heights area, solidifying its regional presence. Florida also became a focal point for Hammer & Nails with the signing of strategic multi-unit expansion plans. This visionary move aims to establish new Hammer & Nails establishments in key Floridian markets, including Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, showcasing the brand's commitment to growth and excellence. The Lone Star State witnessed the debut of Hammer & Nails in San Antonio, Texas, as well, with the opening of its 29th U.S. location in December 2023. Elsewhere in the state is a significant strategic statewide expansion plan led by seasoned area developer Frank Muller. The plan includes enhancing the brand's presence in all major Texas cities. Rounding out the 2023 openings included new locations in South Reno, Nevada, and Lewis Center, Ohio. These remarkable achievements underscore the robust demand within the men's grooming sector, propelling Hammer & Nails into a rapid expansion phase. With over 70 licenses actively in development and 31 existing thriving locations nationwide, the brand continues to be a trendsetter in the industry. Looking ahead to 2024, Hammer & Nails is poised for further growth. New locations are set to open across the country and the brand expects to double in size again in 2024. Hammer & Nails is recognized for its commitment to excellence by industry publications. It has received recent accolades as a franchise business in the grooming sector by Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 and Franchise Business Review's Top 200 Franchises. Hammer & Nails is a distinguished grooming destination dedicated to providing men with an exceptional grooming experience in an upscale environment. With a focus on quality, relaxation, and rejuvenation, Hammer & Nails has become synonymous with luxury in the grooming industry. Visit https://hammerandnailsgrooming.com/ to learn more. Contact Details Madison Baber +1 210-213-2426 madison@rprfirm.com Company Website https://hammerandnailsgrooming.com/

February 08, 2024 12:10 PM Eastern Standard Time

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First-Ever Risk Retention Group for the Cannabis Industry Launches with CLIC RRG

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Cornerstone Risk Solutions, a subsidiary of IMA Financial Group, today announced the launch of CLIC Risk Retention Group Inc. (CLIC RRG), the first and only risk retention group designed specifically for the unique needs of the burgeoning cannabis industry. The member-owned insurance solution is now available to cannabis-related businesses (CRBs) nationwide. “We are very proud to announce the launch of CLIC Risk Retention Group. We are the first and only insurer in the cannabis space that is owned exclusively by its policyholders,” said Chris Payne, founder of CLIC RRG. “This allows us to offer risk management and profit-sharing opportunities that are unavailable anywhere else in the industry.” The product represents a significant step toward comprehensive insurance solutions tailored to the needs of CRBs across the United States. CLIC members gain access to general liability and product liability coverage from anywhere in the nation, which until now has been out of reach in this high-risk, heavily legislated sector. Tris Felix, Managing Director of Cornerstone Risk Solutions, highlighted the product’s significance: “A member-owned insurance solution is a game-changer for CRB owners whose growth has been historically limited by lack of liability coverage. CLIC RRG owners can build — and benefit from — products that meet the industry’s unique needs, leveling the playing field in a competitive and evolving industry.” As the cannabis industry continues to grow, Cornerstone and CLIC RRG are committed to assessing market responses and potentially introducing additional cannabis industry-specific insurance solutions. “Historically, CLIC RRG coverage lines have been profitable for carriers, yet restricted the policyholders,” said IMA Vice President and Cannabis National Practice Leader Michael Hennessey. “By coming together in a risk retention group, cannabis businesses set their own direction and claim their due benefit.” About Cornerstone Risk Solutions and IMA Financial Group Cornerstone Risk Solutions, a subsidiary of IMA Financial Group, specializes in providing innovative insurance and risk management solutions. IMA Financial Group, a North American insurance brokerage firm, is renowned for its commitment to protecting assets and making a difference in the lives of its clients, associates and communities. About CLIC Risk Retention Group Inc. (CLIC RRG) CLIC Risk Retention Group Inc. (CLIC RRG) is a private insurance company owned by and operated solely for the benefit of participants in the legalized cannabis industry. The company serves businesses and individuals involved in the sale, manufacture, cultivation, transportation and testing of legalized cannabis-based products. The company’s operations are controlled by policyholders who are licensees in the cannabis industry. Contact Details CLIC Risk Retention Group Inc. Chris Payne +1 858-260-9000 chris@clicrrg.com IMA Financial Group Sean Hanft +1 203-313-3205 Sean.hanft@imacorp.com Center Reach Communications Alexandra Campbell alexandra@centerreachcommunication.com Company Website https://cornerstonerisksolutions.com/

February 08, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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CIA WINE & BEVERAGE SUMMIT RETURNS TO NAPA

Culinary Institute of America

For the first time in four years, the Culinary Institute of America’s Wine & Beverage Summit —a three-day gathering of the beverage industry’s best and brightest—returns to the CIA at Copia May 5-7. Featuring everything from immersive tastings to in-depth dialogue on the state of wine education, innovative career paths, and increasing both business savvy and financial fluency, the conference will welcome recognized wine experts and rising stars alike. It is ideal for junior and mid-level industry professionals looking to grow their knowledge and advance their careers. “We are thrilled to bring back this incredible event with a focus on professional development,” said Maryam Ahmed, consulting program director. “Attendees can expect a truly enriching experience. Unlike larger conferences where one-way presentations are the focus, this summit was deliberately crafted to be a smaller, more intimate gathering so attendees can interact directly with the presenters and each other during breakout sessions and receptions.” Among the esteemed beverage experts and presenters are: Emily Wines, certified master sommelier, and vice president of wine experience at Coopers Hawk Winery and Restaurant; Erik Segelbaum, founder and chief vinnovation officer at SOMLYAY, LLC; TJ Douglas, CEO and founder of the Drink Progressively Group; and Andrea Robinson, master sommelier, author, and consultant to Delta Airlines and Norwegian Cruise Line. The conference also serves as one of the residency sites for CIA Wine and Beverage Management master’s degree students, who will attend as part of their program. For more information or to view the full program schedule, visit ciabevpro.com. About The Culinary Institute of America Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate, bachelor’s, and master's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. For more information, visit www.ciachef.edu. Contact Details Amanda Secor +1 845-451-1457 amanda.secor@culinary.edu

February 08, 2024 08:45 AM Eastern Standard Time

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