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inthisissue October 2006
Fueling Nascar’s Identity
A joint venture of International Speedway Corporation and Speedway Motorsports Incorporated, Motorsports Authentics comes from excellent gene stock. The company is responsible for acquiring, licensing, designing and bringing to market authentic driver merchandise. At the helm is Ruth Crowley, acquired from the merchandise division of Harley-Davidson, with a reputation for her refusal to compromise the integrity of the product.
[PokerTek, Inc.]
Betting on Technology
The PokerPro electronic poker table is revolutionizing the way poker is being played. Designed to increase casino revenue and security, it shuffles, deals, splits pots and generates side pots instantly. It’s the fastest and most accurate dealer in the world and increases poker room revenue by dealing 50-60 percent more hands per hour than a manual table.
[Mountain Funding, L.L.C.]
Disciplined Deals for Opportunistic Real Estate Investments
As one of the largest private lenders in the country, this commercial real estate funding firm backs opportunistic – and potentially risky – transactions nationwide, specializing in funding transactions with “hair,” an industry term referring to complications involving distressed debt or partnership buyouts, bankruptcy issues, borrower background issues, or the need for a quick closing.
[Wilson Air Center – North Carolina, LLC]
Customer Service, Comfort, Convenience
Word is spreading that there’s a new and improved FBO in Charlotte – one backed by a customer service philosophy developed by Kemmons Wilson, founder of Holiday Inn, and enthusiastically carried on by his son, Bob. In just one year, Wilson Air Center has transformed the FBO into one of the best in the nation, ranking 23rd among the thousands of FBOs in the United States.
[505th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy)]
Citizen Soldiers Deploy Their Expertise – One Year Later
A year after its citizen soldiers bid farewell to their families, and nearly 11 months into its deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom, the North Carolina Army National Guard’s 505th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy) can look back on significant and lasting contributions throughout northern Iraq as the decisive engineer effort.
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A Disturbing Absence of Business and Economic Leadership
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