Raised by a single mother, Josenna Clowney, who worked double shifts at a local Frito-Lay factory, Jadeveon Clowney has an easy smile and enjoys pulling pranks on Texans teammates. That includes sticking pencils in the seat of middle linebacker Brian Cushing in the linebacker meeting room, retaliation, he says, for Cushing hiding his belongings.
Nicknamed everything from JD, an abbreviation of his name, to Doo-Doo after an old rap song his mother liked, to simply being called by his last name, Clowney grew up in rough circumstances. His mother worked tirelessly to put food on the table, shoes on his feet and clothes on his back, nurturing her son while he became a legendary high school player who excelled as an unusually tall tailback while doubling as an uncommonly dominant pass rusher.
Sumichrast likes to tell friends he has four kids in Charlotte, and that his fifth child lives in Houston. He characterizes Clowney as an old-school Southern gentleman.
“I don’t make a nickel off of anything I do for him. I’m just scared to death about athletes getting take advantage of. I’m the gatekeeper. I’m the guy who says, ‘No.’ I’ve told him, ‘JD, I want you to be the smartest guy in the locker room when it comes to business.’ I think JD has the potential to be a hell of a businessman. JD has got that it factor when he walks into a room. He has that $100 million smile.”
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“Another wonderful move for Kure Corp. This company continues to drive growth and this is an incredibly great first result for its Franchise business”. – Martin Sumichrast, Chairman, Level Brands.
Leading Vaporium & Lounge Retailer Signs Agreements For 22 New Locations Within First Month
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — It didn’t take long for interest in KURE franchises to heat up.
KURE Vaporium & Lounge franchises are taking the vape store mainstream by offering an up-scale, coffeehouse-like environment that offers free samples of more than 90,000 e-juice flavor combinations, free Wi-Fi, snacks and beverages, as well as vaping products and hardware, including KURE’s own premium line of vapor hardware and e-Juices. KURE lounges feature “industrial-chic” decor as well as a welcoming and knowledgeable staff of “Kurators.”
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David Peterson, CEO of KURE Corp. comments, “We are thrilled to be working side by side with Best Buddies International. It is a truly worthy cause that has positively affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide, and we as a company want to continue to spread its mission and growth. We envision providing not only monetary support, but also job experience training or full time positions to individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities and a successful chance at a good living, with exemplary equal opportunity to thrive in a good work environment.”
“I have personally known Anthony Kennedy Shriver since we were in elementary. He’s a very dedicated individual to his organization, and it shows in the success of Best Buddies,” comments Marty Sumichrast, Chairman and CEO of Level Brands Inc.
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“Dave Peterson and his team have demonstrated within a very short period of time how they are able to successfully execute on their business plan with clear vision and focus. This is becoming an increasingly competitive market riddled with uncertainty in regulation and consumer opinion. However, KURE has gone above and beyond those challenges by continuously innovating its products and customer experience. In our opinion, KURE has cleared one of the most difficult market obstacles by bridging adoption by all types of consumers”, said Marty Sumichrast, Chairman of Level Brands Inc.
The capital raised will be used primarily to expand KURE’s retail store expansion in the United States. Currently, KURE has successfully opened KURE Vaporium stores in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and in Boca Raton, Florida. Three additionalCharlotte area stores are currently in the build-out stages and are scheduled to open within the next three months. The Boca Ratonstore, which opened early May of this year, has its grand opening party set for June 13th.
KURE has completely elevated the meaning of consumer experience in the vaping industry and effectively created a new category with its unique, up-scale Vaporium lounges. KURE Vaporium & Lounges feature “industrial-chic” decor, a welcoming and helpful staff of “Kurators” – all well-stocked with the most recognized brands in vaping products including KURE’s own premium line of vapor hardware and e-Juices.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — KURE Corp (“KURE”), announced today that it has successfully opened its first KURE Vaporium & Lounge in Gastonia, North Carolina on December 26, 2014. KURE Vaporium & Lounge in Gastonia has been under construction since October of last year. It features a custom designed interior that creates a modern yet very welcoming atmosphere for its customers.
“This industry is facing explosive growth and consumer adoption, and we are excited to support KURE in becoming an industry leader in this space within a very short period of time”, says Martin Sumichrast, Chairman and CEO of Level Brands.
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Charlotte NC, January 14, 2015 – KŪRE Corp (hereinafter referred to as “KŪRE”), a leading global vapor brand, announced today that it has successfully completed $4.25 million in expansion capital financing from institutional and accredited investors.
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Marty Sumichrast is the Chairman and CEO of Level Brands Inc, where he is responsible for the management and strategic initiatives of all special purpose and private equity funds of the firm. In addition, Mr. Sumichrast serves as a Trustee and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Babson Capital Growth – Short Duration High Yield Fund, Inc. (NYSE: BGH) and the Babson Capital Funds Trust, Inc. Marty Sumichrast also serves as Managing Director of Washington Capital, LLC, and is an executive director of the Jadeveon Clowney Help-In-Time Foundation, a not-for-profit charity helping children of incarcerated parents.
Marty has been a successful entrepreneur for most of his business career. In the early nineties, Martin Sumichrast co-founded the Czech Fund which raised money to invest in the privatization process in the new Czech Republic. The Czech Fund, which later became Czech Industries, purchased the hotel Fortuna in Prague which became the first hotel to be flagged under the brand Quality Hotel (Choice Hotels International, Inc.,) in all of Eastern Europe. Marty helped transform the Czech Fund into an international brokerage operation where he expanded to provide services in financing, financial services, and merchant banking activities.