Texas Business News

Texas Business News – including entertainment, finance, health and medical, non-profit, public policy and technology news from Texas, U.S.A. (TX), as issued by the Send2Press Newswire service.


Calling all bands in Texas to participate in the Battle of the Bands hosted by Hub Streat Plano and Texas Select Radio

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 13, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Texas Select Radio announces the 2018 Battle of the Bands at Hub Streat, a full service Culinary Entertainment Center, featuring hand crafted cocktails, craft beer, a menu for every taste from a scratch kitchen, live entertainment and a dog friendly patio.

MorVest Capital Offering $1.8B in GNMA Mortgage Servicing Rights

SUGAR LAND, Texas, Sept. 10, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — MorVest Capital, an industry leader in liquidity and balance sheet advisory services, is the exclusive agent for a $1.8 billion GNMA bulk mortgage servicing portfolio. The seller is an independent mortgage banker providing full reps and warrants. Portfolio characteristics include a 3.45 percent weighted average interest rate,

Transformational Mortgage Solutions’ Beth Ozenghar Honored by HousingWire’s 2018 Insiders Award Program for Excellence in Mortgage Advisory Services

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 4, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Leading mortgage industry management consulting firm Austin, Texas-based Transformational Mortgage Solutions (TMS), today announced that President and COO Beth Ozenghar has been honored by HousingWire (HW) magazine with the publication’s 2018 Insiders Award. This marks the third year the award program has recognized operational all-stars “who do the legwork and make the mortgage industry tick.”

Whiteflash Launches Next Generation Jewelry Care Plan

HOUSTON, Texas, Aug. 29, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Whiteflash Inc., specialists in ideal diamonds and fine jewelry, announced today an innovation in jewelry protection having just completed implementation of a ground-breaking program provided by JM Care Plan, Inc., a member of the Jewelers Mutual Group. The plan is the first to be rolled out by an e-commerce company and provides comprehensive jewelry care for three years from the date of purchase.

Kick-Off Festival for DFW Free Day of Yoga – Dallas, Texas, September 1, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DALLAS, Texas, Aug. 28, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Non-Profit Mission: DFW Free Day of Yoga’s mission is expand and enhance the practice of yoga, building a greater sense of community in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. The 12th Annual DFW Free Day of Yoga begins with the Kick-Off Festival in Farmer’s Market featuring the LARGEST COMMUNITY CLASS IN DFW opening the festival at 9 a.m.

Everhart Construction, a full-service design remodeling firm, specializing in commercial construction, build-outs, and residential remodeling, named Qualified Remodeler Top 500

HOUSTON, Texas, Aug. 24, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Everhart Construction, a design remodeling firm based in Houston, Texas, is the premier provider of commercial construction services throughout the Houston area. It has been named a Qualified Remodeler Top 500.

EPIC Insurance Brokers Honored by American Heart Association for Workplace Health Achievement

HOUSTON, Texas and NEW YORK, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that EPIC’s Houston office and New York-based Frenkel & Company – an EPIC Company have received Bronze level recognitions in the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index.

The Cooksey Team Included in Dallas Business Journal’s ‘2018 Best Places to Work’

DALLAS, Texas, Aug. 21, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Cooksey Team, a top producing retail branch of Mid America Mortgage, Inc., announced today it has been recognized for a second straight year by Dallas Business Journal as one of its “Best Places to Work.” The branch was one of only 100 companies recognized in this year’s list.

EPIC Insurance Brokers adds Anthony Craig Morelos in Austin TX

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 21, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced today that Craig Morelos has joined the firm’s Property and Casualty practice as a Principal, reporting to EPIC Managing Principal and Director Southwest Region, KJ Wagner.

EPIC Insurance Brokers adds Sam Siddons in Austin Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 21, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced today that Sam Siddons has joined the firm’s Property & Casualty practice as a Principal, reporting to EPIC Managing Principal and Director Southwest Region, KJ Wagner.

FinKube Publishes New Digital Lending White Paper, ‘Simplifying the Digital Mortgage Process’

DALLAS, Texas, Aug. 14, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FinKube, a company that provides AI-powered Platform-as-a-Service solutions for a range of industries, announced today that it has published a new white paper entitled “Simplifying the Digital Mortgage Process.” The new paper outlines some of the risks lenders face when making choices about the technologies they employ on the front ends of their mortgage origination processes.

Express Information Systems Named to Accounting Today VAR 100 for Second Consecutive Year

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Aug. 7, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For the second consecutive year, Express Information Systems, a leading provider of business software and consulting for growing businesses in Texas and beyond, has been included in the Accounting Today VAR 100.

Mid America Mortgage COO Kara Lamphere Repeats as One of MPA Magazine’s Elite Woman in Mortgage

ADDISON, Texas, July 25, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mid America Mortgage, Inc. (Mid America) announced today that Chief Operating Officer Kara Lamphere was named by Mortgage Professional America (MPA) magazine to the publication’s list of 2018 Elite Women in Mortgage. This is the second consecutive year that Lamphere has received this recognition.

Express Information Systems Named to Software Industry Guru Bob Scott’s 2018 List of Top 100 VARs

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, July 17, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Express Information Systems, a leading provider of business software and consulting for growing businesses in Texas and beyond, has announced its inclusion on Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs 2018 published by Progressive Media Group.

Big Changes for Texas Plumbing Company – A New Location and New Website for Reliant Plumbing

AUSTIN, Texas, July 16, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Reliant Plumbing’s premium plumbing expertise and services are now available to the greater Austin and Texas Hill County areas. Reliant was founded by Max Hicks, an expert plumber with nearly two decades years of experience in the plumbing industry.

MorVest Capital Hires Ruth Lee as Executive Vice President for Expansion of Mortgage Liquidity and MSR Advisory Services

SUGAR LAND, Texas, July 16, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — David Fleig, CEO of MorVest Capital, LLC, a financial services advisory firm specializing in mortgage banking liquidity and capital solutions, today announced its addition of Executive Vice President Ruth Lee.

EyeBuyDirect Launches its New ‘Catch of the Day’ Summer Collection

AUSTIN, Texas, July 9, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — At the beach or by the pool, EyeBuyDirect’s new Catch of the Day summer collection, released today, aims to highlight an individual’s personal style. As the fastest-growing online prescription eyewear retailer, the collection marks the beginning of EyeBuyDirect’s #ItsHowYouFrameIt campaign, which focuses on bright colors, limitless expression and positivity.

Capitol Fence Presents a Residential Fence Buying Guide and Tip Sheet

AUSTIN, Texas, June 26, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The type of fence that residential homeowners decide to use will not only play an essential role in the house’s exterior design, but also provides one of the most basic human needs – protection. Capitol Fence and Deck of Austin, Texas shares their tips for homeowners to buy the right fence between wrought iron, chain link, or wood.

Lykken on Lending June 25 Podcast Features Black Knight EVP Shelley Leonard on Mortgage Servicing in the Digital Age

AUSTIN, Texas, June 25, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Lykken on Lending, the mortgage industry podcast created by mortgage lenders for mortgage lenders, is pleased to announce that its June 25 episode welcomes Shelley Leonard, EVP and Chief Product Officer for Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI).

Two Tech Startups to Debut Technology at NEXT Mortgage Conference

DALLAS, Texas, June 14, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — NEXT Mortgage Events LLC, creator of the only mortgage technology conference for women executives, has announced that startup tech firms ProxyPics and Zipwhip will debut their technology to the mortgage industry at the second biannual NEXT mortgage technology conference, which takes place on June 21-22, 2018 at Hotel ZaZa in Dallas.

At NRF Protect EPIC’s Kevin Ach and Walter Palmer to Moderate Executive Afternoon Session on Loss Prevention

HOUSTON, Texas, June 11, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that EPIC’s Kevin Ach, vice president of Risk Assurance and Walter Palmer, practice leader of Integrated Risk Solutions will moderate the Executive Afternoon session on loss prevention at the National Retail Foundation’s “NRF Protect” Conference.

Whiteflash Named 2018 BBB Pinnacle Award Winner

HOUSTON, Texas, May 18, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Whiteflash Inc., top tier retailer of ideal diamonds and fine bridal jewelry, has just been named winner of the prestigious Better Business Bureau 2018 Pinnacle Award – the BBB’s top honor for excellence in quality control, customer care, and community service. The annual competition involves retail jewelers from all across the greater Houston area, the fourth largest market in America. Whiteflash has now earned the top honor from the BBB for an unprecedented three out of the past seven years.

AlgEternal Technologies Introduces AlgAllure AlgaRiche, a Breakthrough Microalgae-Based Skin Care Line

LA GRANGE, Texas, May 18, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — AlgEternal Technologies, LLC, a leading producer of naturally and sustainably produced microalgae-based products has introduced its AlgaRiche range of AlgAllure high-performance, luxury age-defying skincare products. The AlgaRiche line is rich with PhycoDerm, a patent-pending, proprietary marine red microalgae extract.

Mid America Mortgage to Offer Warehouse Lines of Credit on Seasoned and ‘Scratch and Dent’ Loans

ADDISON, Texas, May 14, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mid America Mortgage, Inc. Owner and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bode today announced that the firm has expanded its relationship with Spectrum Mortgage Holdings, LLC to offer warehouse lines of credit in conjunction with its Whole Loan Purchase program. This will provide sellers the flexibility to finance loans being sold to Mid America, including seasoned and ‘scratch and dent’ loans.

The Cooksey Team’s Brandon Findley Cracks the Top 200 of Best Mortgage Lenders’ 2018 List of Top Texas Loan Officers

DALLAS, Texas, May 10, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Cooksey Team, a top producing retail branch of Mid America Mortgage, Inc., announced today that Best Mortgage Lenders has ranked Cooksey Team loan officer (LO) Brandon Findley at No. 198 in Texas based on the total number of loans closed in 2017. Specializing in the Dallas market,

Darren Lovell of The Cooksey Team Ranks Third on Best Mortgage Lenders’ 2018 List of Top Loan Officers in Flower Mound, Texas

DALLAS, Texas, May 10, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Cooksey Team, a top producing retail branch of Mid America Mortgage, Inc., announced today that Best Mortgage Lenders 2018 has ranked loan officer (LO) Darren Lovell at No. 3 in Flower Mound, Texas, based on the total number of loans closed in 2017. Lovell also placed at No. 226 statewide according to the rankings, which are published in conjunction with Ask a Lender and Scotsman Guide Media.

EyeBuyDirect Announces ‘Buy 1 Give 1’ Initiative, Will Donate a Pair of Glasses with Every Order

AUSTIN, Texas, May 9, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EyeBuyDirect, the online prescription eyewear retailer, announced today a “Buy 1 Give 1” Program that donates a pair of prescription glasses to someone in need worldwide for every transaction made through the online retailer. As a part of the Essilor Group, this new initiative directly supports Vision for Life, a social impact fund giving access to vision care to the most underserved communities worldwide.

EPIC’s Suzanne McGarey and Kenneth Powell to Present on The Affordable Care Act at Gulf Coast Symposium in Houston

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and HOUSTON, Texas, May 7, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today Managing Principal Suzanne McGarey and Compliance Consultant Kenneth Powell will present at the Gulf Coast Symposium on Thurs., May 10 at 4 p.m. at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas.

Mid America Mortgage CEO Jeff Bode to Share eMortgage Insights at Texas MBA and MBA Secondary Conferences

ADDISON, Texas, May 1, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mid America Mortgage, Inc. (Mid America) announced today that its Owner and CEO Jeff Bode will be sharing his expertise on digital mortgage origination and securitization at two upcoming industry conferences.

Best Mortgage Lenders 2018 Ranks Wesley Ryan Grubbs of The Cooksey Team as the No. 1 Loan Officer in Flower Mound, Texas

ADDISON, Texas, April 30, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Cooksey Team, a top producing retail branch of Mid America Mortgage, Inc., announced today that its loan officer (LO) Wesley Ryan Grubbs has been ranked No. 1 in Flower Mound, Texas, based on total number of loans closed in 2017, according to Best Mortgage Lenders 2018. The rankings, which are published in conjunction with Ask a Lender and Scotsman Guide Media, also placed Grubbs at No. 157 statewide.

EPIC Adds KJ Wagner as Principal and Director of Southwest Region Property and Casualty Operations

DALLAS, Texas and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 26, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a leading national retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced the addition of insurance industry veteran KJ Wagner as Principal and Director of Property & Casualty Insurance Operations for the firm’s Southwest Region.

Dallas Moving Company Honored for Fighting Childhood Hunger by National Non-Profit Move For Hunger

DALLAS, Texas, April 11, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Move For Hunger today announced that Imlach & Collins Brothers, an Atlas Van Lines agent, has been named its “Mover of the Year.” In 2017, Imlach & Collins Brothers delivered more than 100,000 lbs. of food to the North Texas Food Bank – which is enough to provide 85,500 meals. The award was presented at the American Moving & Storage Association’s 2018 Education Conference and Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

FinKube Launches New Website for Innovative Chatbot

DALLAS, Texas, April 11, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FinKube, a company that provides AI-powered Platform-as-a-Service solutions for a range of industries, announced today that it has launched a new website for its intelligent, conversational chatbot, ELSA. The arrival of the new site, which can be found at elsabot.com, coincides with FinKube’s expanding role as an AI provider for industries beyond US financial services.

Worldwide Broker Network, Member Host EPIC Announce 58th Global Conference in San Antonio Texas

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 5, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Worldwide Broker Network (WBN), the world’s largest fully integrated international network of independent Property & Casualty and Employee Benefits brokers, has announced its 58th Global Conference on April 11-14, 2018 in San Antonio. Partnering with Member Host EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, the 2018 Global Conference will include more than 300 brokers, carrier sponsors, and speakers from more than 100 countries.

San Antonio Podiatrist Washes Away Tough Cases of Heel Pain with Water

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 26, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dr. Ed Davis, San Antonio podiatrist, states that heel pain is often caused by plantar fasciitis which is an inflammatory condition of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a tough fibrous band of tissue that starts in the heel bone and goes forward across the arch to attach to the bases of the toes.

Sokal Media Group Opens Dallas Office

RALEIGH, N.C. and DALLAS, Texas, March 9, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Sokal Media Group has opened yet another new pristine office in Dallas, Texas. Hired as the new VP of Operations, John McKay will step in to his new role as the agency continues to expand. Accumulating years of experience, Mr. McKay previously worked as the General Manager of Spectrum cable (formerly Time-Warner cable) in Raleigh, and most recently in Dallas.

EPIC Insurance adds Maurice Edwards, Walter Palmer and their Risk Solutions Team

HOUSTON, Texas and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Feb. 26, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a leading retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today the addition of Enterprise Risk Management veteran Maurice (Moe) Edwards, retail Loss Prevention expert Walter Palmer, and their team of Risk Assurance and Asset Protection professionals.

The Cooksey Team Founder Michael Cooksey Recognized by Mortgage Professional America in 2018 Hot 100

ADDISON, Texas, Feb. 8, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Cooksey Team, a top producing retail branch of Mid America Mortgage, Inc., announced today its founder Michael Cooksey has been honored by housing industry trade magazine Mortgage Professional America (MPA) on its 2018 Hot 100 list.

Mid America Mortgage CEO Jeff Bode Recognized by MPA in ‘2018 Hot 100’

ADDISON, Texas, Feb. 8, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mid America Mortgage, Inc. (Mid America) announced today that owner and CEO Jeff Bode has been honored by Mortgage Professional America (MPA) magazine in publication’s sixth annual Hot 100 list of mortgage industry professionals who have made a notable impact over the past year.

MIAVINO Sensual Introduces Wine Flavored Edible Massage Oils in Time for Valentine’s Day

HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 26, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Just how far can the nation’s growing taste for wine go? The owners of MIAVINO Sensual, Frank and Miranda Brown, decided it also had to go into their premium edible massage oils. Houston, Texas-based, MIAVINO Sensual has introduced an exclusive line of ultra-lightweight, premium, edible massage oils in four palate-pleasing, full-bodied wine flavors designed to take your entire sensual massage experience to a whole sexy new level.