Pollex, Truex, drivers create magical evening for children at annual Catwalk for a Cause

first_imgSTATESVILLE, N.C. – For one night, the small Statesville Airport hangar transformed into a whimsical “Midsummer Night’s Dream”-themed wonderland for Wednesday’s ninth annual Catwalk for a Cause event. Drivers and industry personnel from different teams and companies came together to raise money and support for childhood and ovarian cancer through the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation.And for one magical, twinkly light-filled night, racing and points weren’t the focus among these drivers. Rather, it was the young cancer patients walking down the runway.“When we first started there were 50 people and we raised $7,000. And it was small – we had no idea it was ever going to get this big,” said Sherry Pollex, longtime girlfriend of Martin Truex Jr., co-founder of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation and ovarian cancer survivor. “There’s not anything else like this in the NASCAR community, where we have drivers that come together as a community and walk with the kids and people see where their money is going while they’re sitting in the audience. I think it’s important for the donors to be a part of that and this event is just all about the kids and it’s their night to show and it’s incredible to see it grow.”MORE: Social media roundup from eventSeveral drivers and their wives walked — in some cases, danced — with current and former childhood cancer patients down the runway, as country singer Cassadee Pope opened and closed the show. There was first-time runway walker Kyle Busch with his enthusiastic dancing, Noah Gragson rocking a flower crown during the “Coachella” set, and Clint Bowyer and wife, Lorra, with a choreographed finger-pointing move upon exiting the stage. Aric Almirola, Darrell Wallace Jr., Todd Gilliland and Ty Dillon also walked the catwalk with patients.At the end of the show, the children — called Catwalk heroes — took the now-darkened runway once more wearing glowing wings and head pieces. The crowd stood in applause as the patients held up signs depicting their dreams and aspirations, with “Won’t Back Down” playing in the background.The moments were sweet, rousing and impactful, especially for drivers like Bowyer with children of their own.“If you have a family and you have kids and you see and you meet these kids … that’s just when it really rings home,” he said. “You meet their parents, siblings … and you’re just like, ‘My gosh, this is reality, this could happen, this does happen.’ And then you come to an event like this and you see the awareness, you see the money that it generates, to support the cause, to support the families, to support the education, to support the research, the development, all those things that go toward not having those kids on that stage anymore. That’s the reason that this thing just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger.“It’ll tug at your heartstrings. … To see them enjoying their moment and shining on the stage and enjoying it and embracing it — the pride and excitement in their eyes, that’s the coolest thing about this event.”After the show concluded, Truex Jr. and Pollex came back onstage again to present Novant Health with a $1.2 million check that will go toward the formation of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Children’s Emergency Department in Huntersville, North Carolina, and the SherryStrong Integrative Medicine Oncology Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pollex received her own cancer treatment through Novant, so it’s a donation that is especially personal for the couple, Truex said.“I get chills when I think about it,” Truex said of the donation. “To be able to help the community here right in North Carolina where we live, to see the impact that it’s going to have. The emergency unit for the kids is going to be amazing. And then the integrative clinic in Charlotte that Sherry’s really leading up is going to be great because that was such a big part of her treatment and what she does to help herself heal. It’s such a big part of what’s made her healthy and being able to live life since she’s gotten diagnosed with cancer. That’s really, really near and dear to her heart.“For both of us, these are the things that really matter to us and it’s awesome that we’ve been able to raise enough money to make an impact this big and we’re very, very proud of it.”At one point during the announcement with Novant, Truex looked at Pollex and said of Novant, “You saved Sherry’s life.”RELATED: Martin and Sherry through the years“That’s where I had all my cancer treatments, that’s where my doctor is, my oncologist and my nurses are all there,” Pollex said. “So they’ve been an integral part of my whole cancer journey. … I can’t believe my name is going to be on a cancer clinic. But it’s just so cool to be a part of that and know that I can help teach other cancer patients all the integrative therapies that I used while I was going through my treatment because they helped me tremendously get through my treatment and have helped with life after cancer.”Life after cancer for Pollex this year has been one of much-needed self-care. And she feels great, she said.“I’m on a new maintenance drug that I started a couple months ago,” she said. “So far, I haven’t had any crazy side effects or anything, I feel great. I just have taken a little time for myself and to spend time with my family, so I haven’t been traveling as much. … I’ve been on the road for 17 years so it’s really nice to just take a break and be able to enjoy my life. The fans all think I’m not there because I’m not feeling well, but I actually feel great, so it’s been really nice.”The time away from the track has allowed her to focus on the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation — and work to make the impact on the community even bigger.“I’ve been putting a lot of my efforts toward the new integrative cancer clinic and toward the pediatric emergency center,” she said. “I’ve also been working with (Levine Cancer Institute) doing some things with the gynecological support system that they have there for patients like myself that have been diagnosed with ovarian or cervical cancer. …“We’ve kind of got our hands in a little bit of everything in the community and it’s allowed me to have more time to spend on that.”last_img read more

Nemecheks to make NASCAR history at ISM Raceway

first_imgDouble the Nemechek. Triple the fun.For the first time in NASCAR history, a father-son duo will race in all three of the national series in one weekend. John Hunter Nemechek and his dad, Joe, are set to run the tripleheader at ISM Raceway.“It’s pretty cool to be able to compete against my dad at the top level of this sport,” John Hunter said last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. “I feel like there’s not many other sports that fathers and sons can say that. … Being able to make history together and run all three together is pretty special.”RELATED: Full schedule for ISM RacewayThe Nemecheks will be in Friday’s Lucas Oil 150 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1/Fox Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, Saturday’s Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the Xfinity Series and Sunday’s Bluegreen Vacations 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, MRN) for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.Joe and John Hunter have competed against each other before including several times in both the Xfinity and Gander Trucks Series. Texas was their first time in a Cup Series event together.“This is what my ultimate goal was when I started racing,” the elder Nemecheck said. “And since he started racing, this is what his goal was. He wants to get into Cup.”Said the younger Nemechek: “I didn’t know when I would be going to the Cup Series. But with dad, I knew that he wasn’t going to retire any time soon, so I knew he was going to be around for a while.”John Hunter finished 21st in his first career start, taking over the No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford as Matt Tifft is sidelined for the rest of the season due to medical reasons. Joe was further back in 29th, driving the No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet as a substitute.This weekend, John Hunter will be in the same car and Joe will be in Premium Motorsports’ No. 27 instead.The last time a father and son race together in NASCAR’s premier series was 2005, when Bobby and Bobby Hamilton Jr. placed 30th and 39th, respectively, at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The best a pair has even done was Bobby and Davey Allison in the 1988 Daytona 500 or Lee and Richard Petty at Lakewood Speedway in June 1959 and at Heidelberg Speedway in July 1960 – both families crossing first and second in order of names.“He could care less where I’m at,” Joe said. “Our spotters all keep up with that.”Joe has been in the sport for 31 years now. He started in the Xfinity Series in 1989, had his first Cup Series showing in 1993 and then did Gander Trucks Series in 1996. Anything he does now is part time. Joe is actually three starts away from tying Richard Petty’s all-time 1,185 record, meaning he’ll do so once the Cup Series race goes green.John Hunter had his Gander Trucks Series debut in 2013, went to the Xfinity Series in 2018, and made his Cup Series debut this year.Now, here they are, racing in all three together.“I’m sure it was a dream he had,” John Hunter said. “It’s not something that I’ve necessarily dreamt about. But looking at the scenario right now, it’s history for our sport, so it’s pretty amazing.”last_img read more

Big Move: Chicago Schools To Buy Antibiotic-Free Chicken

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBig news this week on several fronts: against the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and for healthier food for school children. The Chicago Public Schools announced that its main food-service company, Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality, will begin buying and serving chicken drumsticks from birds raised in the local area without antibiotics. The deal will bring 1.2 million pounds of chicken to 473 schools per year.The third-largest school district in the country will purchase meat from a company where birds were raised without routine use of antibiotics in their feed. The drugs normally make it possible for animals to survive in crowded conditions, but also breed vast amounts of bacteria that is highly antibiotic-resistant as a consequence.(READ the full story in Wired)Photo: Flickr/HermitsMoores/CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Signature Theatre Announces Resident Playwrights’ Productions for 2020-2021 Season

first_imgDominique Morisseau (Photo by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) Signature Theatre has announced plans for its upcoming 2021-2022 season. Tony nominee Dominique Morisseau’s Confederates will make its New York premiere and Anna Deavere Smith will continue her residency with Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, which was originally scheduled to play this past season prior to the Broadway shutdown. The theater will also present three world premieres: Annie Baker’s On the Uses of Pain for Life, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Grass and Samuel D. Hunter’s A Case for the Existence of God. Dates will be announced later.Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud) brings Confederates to the New York stage with Kamilah Forbes directing. Leaping through time in order to trace the identities of two Black American women, this new work follows Sarah, a savvy slave turned Union spy, and Sandra, a brilliant professor in a modern-day private university, and how they’re facing similar struggles even though they live over a century apart.Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 will be directed by Taibi Magar and follows what happened after the police officers’ acquittal in Rodney King’s police brutality case in 1992. Having interviewed over 350 Los Angelinos, Smith dives deep into the historical moment and its cultural impact.On the Uses of Pain for Life, which tackles the eros of illness, marks the third and final play of writer and director Baker’s residency at Signature.Grass, written and directed by Jacobs–Jenkins, tells the story of how an eviction notice leaves an out-of-work actor no choice but to move in with his father and the hilarity that ensues.Tony winner David Cromer (The Band’s Visit) will direct Hunter’s A Case for the Existence of God, which tells the story of two men struggling to balance the confounding terms on a loan through the lense of human resilience.Signature Theatre also announced continued commitment to SigSpace, which is virtual programming created in 2020 in responnse to the pandemic. Resident writers Jacobs-Jenkins, Morisseau and Hunter along with Quiara Alegría Hudes, The Mad Ones and Lynn Nottage are set to participate in the upcoming season. These events will offer virtual access as well as physical distancing at The Pershing Square Signature Center. View Commentslast_img read more

Bernie Sanders pushes prescription drug importation bill to lower costs

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced legislation Tuesday to lower the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs by allowing Americans to import safe, low-cost medicine from Canada. Representatives Elijah E Cummings (D-MD) and Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) introduced a companion bill in the House. Both measures would authorize the secretary of Health and Human Services in two years to allow importation from other advanced countries.In Canada and other major countries, the same medications, manufactured by the same companies, in the same factories are available for a fraction of the price compared to the United States. In 2014, Americans spent $1,112 per person on prescription drugs while Canadians spent $772 and Danes spent $325.While five major drug manufacturers made more than $50 billion in profits in 2015, nearly 1 in 5 Americans adult could not afford the medicine they were prescribed. “I am very proud to join with Sens. Booker and Casey and Reps. Cummings and Doggett and many, many others in the Senate and the House to introduce this critical legislation to lower the outrageous cost of prescription drugs,” Sanders said. “I say to President Trump: Talk is cheap.  If you really have the guts to take on the pharmaceutical industry, tell your Republican friends in the House and the Senate to pass this legislation. Do it tonight in your address to Congress. Or admit to the American people that you were lying to them during the campaign.” “After he was elected, President Trump said he would bring down drug prices. He also warned that the pharmaceutical industry is ‘getting away with murder,’ and he was absolutely right,” Cummings said. “So, if the President really means what he says, he will support our efforts, and he will encourage his Republican colleagues to do the same.”“This is common-sense legislation that will allow middle class families and seniors access to safe, affordable prescription drugs through importation,” Casey said. “No family should lack access to prescription drugs simply because of the cost; this legislation will increase competition and help more patients access life-saving drugs.”Booker said, “Life-saving medications will only save lives if people can afford them. Our common-sense legislation is a step forward, allowing for the importation of prescription drugs under a set of strong and effective standards necessary to ensure consumer safety. Since my days as Newark’s mayor, I’ve been working to find ways to help more people afford prescription drugs, and this bill will do just that.”“Prescription price gouging threatens both the health and financial security of too many Americans – overpricing is not limited to one pharmaceutical manufacturer, one CEO, or one class of drugs,” Doggett said. It extends throughout an industry that regularly demands all that a sick or dying patient will pay to recover or just to survive a little longer. From EpiPens to insulin, from cancer to hepatitis C, families and taxpayers bear the burden of others’ greed. Today, we say, Mr. President, ‘We are calling you out: stand by your campaign promise.’ Act now against price gouging. Restoring some competition by allowing Americans to import more affordable drugs that meet safety standards is one step toward progress.”“Americans have the safest prescription drug supply in the world, but struggle to afford the exorbitant cost. Consumers should not have to choose between prescription drug safety and affordability. This bill is designed to address this disconnect and ensure that Americans can access safe and affordable medication,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), who joined the other members at a press conference to introduce the bill.The legislation, the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act, introduced in the Senate and House, would instruct the secretary of Health and Human Services to put forward regulations allowing wholesalers, pharmacies and individuals to import qualifying prescription drugs from licensed Canadian sellers. After two years, the secretary would have the authority to permit importation from countries in the Organizations for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with standards for the approval and sale of prescription drugs that are comparable to those in the United States.The bill includes detailed provisions outlining safeguards and consumer protections that ensure the safety of imported drugs, including FDA certification of foreign sellers, a clear definition of what drugs may be imported and supply chain security requirements. Legally imported drugs under the bill must be purchased from an FDA-certified foreign seller and must have the same active ingredient, route of administration and strength as drugs approved in the United States. The new agreement also cracks down on rogue online pharmacies.Allowing the importation of safe and affordable prescription drugs is overwhelmingly supported by the American people with 71 percent in favor of allowing Americans to buy prescription drugs from Canada.Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) Angus King (I-Maine), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-C.T.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) are original co-sponsors of the legislation in the Senate.Original co-sponsors in the House include: Reps. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.), Robert Brady (D-Penn.), Ro  Khanna (D-Calif.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Ed Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) and Jim Langevin (D-R.I.).Organizations supporting the bill include: Alliance for Retired Americans, American Federation of Teachers, Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA), CREDO, DailyKos, Economic Policy Institute, Justice in Aging, MoveOn, NAACP, National Center for Health Research, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, National Organization for Women, PharmacyChecker.com, Prescription Justice, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, RxRights and Social Security Works.For a summary of the bill and background, click here(link is external).To read the bill, click here(link is external).Source: WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2017 – Senator Bernie Sanderslast_img read more

Union Bankshares reports increase in net income for Q1

first_imgUnion Bank,Vermont Business Magazine Union Bankshares, Inc (NASDAQ:UNB(link is external)), the parent company of Union Bank based in Morrisville, today announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2017. Consolidated net income for the first quarter of 2017 was $1.9 million, or $0.43 per share, compared to $1.8 million, or $0.39 per share, for the same period in 2016. Net interest income was $6.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared to $5.9 million for the same period in 2016, an increase of $367 thousand, or 6.2%. A regular quarterly cash dividend $0.29 per share was also declared.The positive trend in net interest income was supplemented by a reduction in the provision for loan losses of $75 thousand and an increase of $47 thousand in noninterest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  These positive variances were partially offset by an increase in noninterest expenses of $238 thousand, or 4.2%, for the comparison periods.Total noninterest income amounted to $2.23 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $2.19 million for the three months ended March 31, 2016.  The increase in noninterest income over the comparison period is primarily attributable to an increases of $40 thousand in loan servicing income, $24 thousand in mortgage servicing right income, and $20 thousand in overdraft fee income.  These increases were partially offset by reductions in service charges on deposit accounts of $26 thousand and $13 thousand in income on life insurance.Total noninterest expenses were $5.9 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $5.7 million for the same period in 2016.  Increases of $110 thousand in salaries and wages, $73 thousand in occupancy expense, $25 thousand in equipment expenses, and $94 thousand in other expenses occurred during the comparison periods.  These increases were partially offset by a reduction in pension and employee benefit expenses of $64 thousand.Total assets increased $35.6 million, or 5.6% to reach $676.5 million as of March 31, 2017 from $640.8 million as of March 31, 2016.  Total loans increased $21.2 million, or 4.1% to $541.0 million as of March 31, 2017 compared to $519.8 million as of March 31, 2016.  Sales of qualifying residential mortgages to the secondary market totaled $28.5 million for the first three months of 2017 compared to $22.9 million for the same period in 2016. Total loans serviced, which includes loans on the balance sheet as well loans that have been sold with servicing retained, has grown to $1.0 billion as of March 31, 2017 compared to $936.0 million as of March 31, 2016.  Total deposits reached $582.1 million compared to prior year of $559.0 million, or growth of $23.1 million, or 4.1%.  The Company had total capital of $57.2 million with a book value per share of $12.81 as of March 31, 2017 compared to $54.7 million and $12.26 per share as of March 31, 2016.On April 19, 2017, the Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend $0.29 per share payable May 10, 2017 to shareholders of record as of April 29, 2017.About Union Bankshares, Inc.Union Bankshares, Inc., headquartered in Morrisville, Vermont, is the bank holding company parent of Union Bank, which provides commercial, retail and municipal banking services and asset management services throughout northern Vermont and New Hampshire.  Union Bank operates 17 banking offices, three loan centers, and multiple ATMs throughout its geographical footprint.Source: MORRISVILLE, Vt., April 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Union Bankshares, Inclast_img read more

Week 7 football predictions: SM East faces a test on the road

first_imgThe Lancers entered the field at Rockhurst for the first time since 1982.Shawnee Mission East (5-1) at Lawrence (5-1)This is by far, without question, the best matchup in the state. The Lancers and Chesty Lions come in tied for the Sunflower League lead at 5-0 with their lone losses coming in Week 3 to teams on the other side of the state line. SME fell to Rockhurst, 26-20, while Lee’s Summit West held Lawrence to a touchdown in its 28-7 win. These two teams didn’t meet last year and Lawrence ended up winning the league because it defeated Olathe North, while East fell. Both offenses can put up points and both defenses can shut it down. Something will have to give. East scores 50.1 points per game while allowing only allowing 14.2 points. Lawrence, in contrast, scores 38 points per game while allowing 17.3 per contest.Register to continuelast_img read more

Overland Park police looking for men who robbed AT&T store at 91st and Metcalf

first_imgOverland Park police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying four men who broke into the AT&T store at 9101 Metcalf earlier this month.On September 10, 2017 the Overland Park Police Department responded to the 9100 block of Metcalf reference a commercial burglary which occurred around 3:42 am.  The suspects forced entry through a glass door. While inside the business, four black males took cell phones and electronic devices.If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8743 or contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.last_img

Cavan Commercial leases 7.5 acres at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

first_imgCommercial Properties, Inc. (CPI) announced the land lease of approximately 7.5 acres for the future development of approximately 100,000 SF multi-tenant industrial buildings located on the corner of Sossaman Road & Velocity Way and just south of the airport terminal. Leroy Breinholt and David Bean of CPI’s Tempe Industrial Group represented both Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Cavan Commercial, and will retain the lease listing of the completed project.Michael Merk, Director of the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Authority commented, “Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is one of the fastest growing regional hub airports in the U.S., flying over 1.45 million passengers annually.  Currently it’s home to Allegiant Airlines, Arizona State Polytechnic University, Chandler Gilbert Community College.”Breinholt and Bean are working closely with Cavan Commercial consulting on the proposed designs of the multi-phase industrial project which is starting construction in early 2015.  LGE Design Group is going to design and build the project which includes more expansion options in the future.Merk added, “According to population and growth estimates from the Maricopa Association of Governments, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and surrounding areas will boast over 100,000 new jobs by 2035, making it one of the largest employment centers in the state of Arizona.”Dale Cavan, of Cavan Commercial, commented, “We are excited to expand into this rapidly growing submarket in Arizona which needs new product to meet increasing demand.  We identified the need for more manufacturing space as available inventory continues to shrink and rental rates climb higher.  Along with the prospect of bringing more jobs, this project will offer new tenants industrial/office suites with truckwells, secured storage yards, and large grade level doors, which are highly sought after in this product type.”last_img read more

Beck/Arnley Promotes Ken Adams to Customer Support Manager

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  SMYRNA, TN — Beck/Arnley has announced the promotion of Ken Adams to the position of customer support manager. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Adams brings many years of management experience, as well as an in-depth knowledge of Beck/Arnley operations, to his new position. He has worked in supervision at Beck/Arnley since June of 2000. To learn more about Beck/Arnley, go to: www.beckarnley.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more