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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.

Whiteflash adds bridal designer A.JAFFE

HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 17, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Whiteflash Inc., international retailer of ideal diamonds and designer engagement rings, announced today that they have been chosen to become authorized resellers for A.Jaffe, the iconic American bridal designer with a 125 year heritage.

Transformational Mortgage Solutions (TMS) Founder David Lykken Names Beth Ozenghar President and COO

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 15, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Leading mortgage industry management consulting firm Austin, Texas-based Transformational Mortgage Solutions (TMS) today announced that it has named Beth Ozenghar its new president and COO. Ozenghar, whose mortgage career spans three decades, had been in the role of senior executive advisor with TMS since 2016. TMS Founder David Lykken will retain the title of founder and chief transformation officer, focusing on spearheading the firm’s management consulting engagements.

Top 40-selling Texas State Men and Boys Choir Bound for Carnegie Hall Performance

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 12, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Imagine performing at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York. That has long been the dream of members of the Top 40-selling Texas State Men & Boys Choir, who are currently celebrating their third anniversary. That anniversary will be marked by: the release of the choir’s fourth record, a four-city tour, and a magical Carnegie Hall performance.

EPIC and Qualified Plan Advisors Announce Collaboration Agreement for the Benefit of Ascende Wealth Advisor Retirement Plan Consulting Clients

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 2, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, the retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting subsidiary of EPIC Holdings, announced today a collaboration agreement between EPIC’s Houston-based Ascende Wealth Advisors, Inc. (AWAI) and Qualified Plan Advisors (QPA), a division of Prime Capital Investment Advisors. QPA is a federally regulated investment advisor with more than 30 years of specialized expertise in 401k planning advisory services and private wealth management advisory services.

Supreme Lending Branch Partners with May We Give for Love

DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 2, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Supreme Lending, a nationwide lender, has announced that its San Diego, California branch has partnered with May We Give for Love, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that provides financial contributions and volunteer support to several local charitable causes.

Michael Cooksey Named One of National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s ’40 Under 40′

DALLAS, Texas, Dec. 27, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Cooksey Team, a top producing retail branch of Mid America Mortgage, Inc., announced today that its founder Michael Cooksey has been named one of “The 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40” for 2017 by industry trade magazine National Mortgage Professional.

Midwestern State University Marketing Students collect OVER 800 Bikes and raise over $40K for Operation Santa Claus

WICHITA FALLS, Texas, Dec. 19, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — 24 Midwestern State University Marketing Students challenged themselves to collect OVER 800 Bikes and raised over $40,000 for the annual Operation Santa Claus to bring money and bikes to Houston Area effected by recent hurricanes, but also for the local Wichita Falls Community.

Midwestern State University and Wichita Falls Professional Firefighters Association team up with Houston Professional Firefighters Association for Operation Santa Claus

HOUSTON, Texas, Dec. 5, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls Texas, along with the Wichita Falls Professional Firefighters Association, head to Houston Area to meet up with the Houston Professional Firefighters Association to bring bikes for kids who lost their bikes in Hurricane Harvey.

The Littlest Wiseman – The 100-year-old Holiday Tradition Returns for 57th Consecutive Annual Run

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 4, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Fort Worth production of The Littlest Wiseman started as a modest junior high school play about the humble birth of Jesus. Now in its 57th consecutive annual run, the play has evolved into an elaborate production that is one of Fort Worth’s longest-running Christmas season entertainment events.

Sam Elliott Joins EPIC as Executive VP of Business Development and National Sales and Marketing Leader

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 30, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, the retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting subsidiary of EPIC Holdings, announced today that insurance brokerage industry veteran Sam Elliott has joined the firm to lead EPIC’s new business development efforts nationally.

EyeBuyDirect Launches Winter Whims 2017 Fall-Winter Collection

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 17, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The fastest growing online eyewear retailer, EyeBuyDirect, has launched its new collection, Winter Whims. The collection includes 21 frames that embody the colors, textures and feeling of winter. The new Winter Whims collection is available online now. It features chocolate-brown and cinnamon-red frames that invoke the smell and tastes of the holiday season.