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Reds’ Zach Cozart Teams with USO for ‘Message in a Bottle’ Program, Autograph Signing in Oakley

Coca-Cola Consolidated and Kroger Team up with Zack Cozart for “Message in a Bottle” Program

 

CINCINNATI, OH (June 20, 2017) – Coca-Cola Consolidated, Kroger, and The United Service Organization (USO) are teaming up with Cincinnati Reds’ Shortstop Zack Cozart for the “Message in a Bottle” program to  support our military personnel and veterans. Participating fans will have a chance to meet Zack Cozart and support our troops at the July 15th event.

 

“We are deeply grateful for the sacrifices our service men and women make for our country every day,” says Brian Outland, Cincinnati Vice-President of Sales for Coca-Cola Consolidated. “The Message in a Bottle program is a heartfelt way for the community to show our sincere gratitude.”

 

The campaign will collect hundreds of written messages from residents of the greater Cincinnati area. Employees at the local Coca-Cola branch will write and insert the messages into Coca-Cola bottles to be distributed via the USO to active-duty military around the world.

 

Message in a Bottle will kick off with a Meet & Greet and autograph signing by Reds’ Shortstop Zack Cozart on Saturday, July 15th, from noon to 1:00 P.M. at the Oakley Station Kroger: 4613 Marburg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209.

 

Fans are invited to the Kroger store between 11:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. to write messages to the troops, enjoy ice, cold refreshing Coca-Cola beverages, and enter to win signed Zack Cozart memorabilia and Coca-Cola giveaways. Fans can also meet Mr. Red Legs and Rose Red during this time.

 

“Kroger, Coca-Cola and the Reds have a long-history of recognizing and providing support for the men and women of our military and their families,” said Tim Brown, president Kroger, Cincinnati/Dayton division. “Message in a Bottle is one small way to honor them for their service.”

 

In addition to the USO of Central and Southern Ohio’s support in distributing the messages, Coca-Cola Consolidated also plans to distribute a portion of the bottled messages to more than 600 active-duty military and their families during a special event at Smale Riverfront Park, to be announced later this summer.

 

“The USO’s mission is about connections to family, home and country. Message in a Bottle is one more way we can provide a connection to home for our military service members, both locally and abroad,” says Sherry Ems, Executive Director of the USO of Southern & Central Ohio. “The USO of Central and Southern Ohio is grateful for the partnership with Coca Cola and Kroger. It is through this partnership that we can continue to be the Force Behind the Forces.””

 

About Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

Coke Consolidated is the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Our Purpose is to honor God, serve others, pursue excellence and grow profitably. For 115 years, we have been deeply committed to the consumers, customers, and communities we serve and passionate about the broad portfolio of beverages and services we offer. We make, sell and distribute beverages of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors across 16 states to over 50 million consumers.

 

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Coke Consolidated is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol COKE. More information about the company is available at www.cokeconsolidated.com. Follow Coke Consolidated on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

About the USO of Central and Southern Ohio (USO-CSO)

The mission of the USO is to keep America’s service members connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. The USO-CSO covers 65 counties in Central and Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and West Virginia. We provide a touch of home with our lounges at Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus Airports and the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).  We recently opened a new USO Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  In addition to our wonderful lounges, we also support our military through various programs and events, such as marriage retreats, singles retreats, kids camps, family camps, unit events and much more. Serving the troops since 1966, the USO-CSO is a civilian registered 501c3 receiving no government or military funding and is not a part of the Department of Defense. We are financially independent from USO, Inc. With your donation to the USO-CSO, we are able to continue our mission of supporting our service members and their families, right here in Ohio, Northern Kentucky and West Virginia. It is through the generosity of individuals, corporations and organizations that we are able to accomplish our mission.  For more information, please visit www.usocso.org.

 

About Kroger

Kroger Cincinnati/Dayton Division employs more than 20,000 associates, who serve customers in 109 supermarkets (including 16 Marketplace stores), warehouses and offices in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Indiana, and Dayton areas.  With more than 3,000 groups participating in the Division’s Community Rewards Program, $4 million was donated back to local non-profit organizations in 2016. The division focuses its charitable efforts on hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, visit http://www.kroger.com.

 

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We’re Hiring! Account Coordinator

The Eisen Agency, a full service public relations and marketing firm, is seeking a part time public relations account coordinator to assist with the public relations, social media, and marketing needs of the agency’s diverse client base. The position will involve such tasks as writing and distributing press announces and media alerts, crafting and positioning pitches to the media to secure interview opportunities, coordination of interviews with clients and media outlets, social media management, and long form article writing. The successful candidate has a degree in public relations, marketing or journalism and is familiar with media relations cloudware. The position is ideal for a public relations executive that would rather not labor in an office for 40 hours/week, or an entry level professional looking to break in to the industry at a leading agency. 20 hours a week to start, excellent pay/benefits, along with flexhours/flextime and generous bonus structure. Apply by sending resume to Info@TheEisenAgency.com.

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Cleveland Food Tour: Medina’s Corkscrew Saloon

If you haven’t gone to Medina to spend a day walking around this quaint city, you’re missing out. What an absolute gem we have right in our backyard. I could go on an on about the nifty things to see but of course, this is the food tour and you could probably do an entire series just on Medina restaurants — which we just may do that! As you drive into Medina from route 57, you’ll notice a grand Victorian mansion that is now home to the Corkscrew Saloon. The home was built in the 1850s and was the Durham Mansion, where he made his fortune manufacturing time pieces. The space is just jaw dropping as this home was converted into a restaurant some time ago and apparently has been home to several over the years — the latest incarnation being the Corkscrew. Not sure why it’s called that, I didn’t gather that it was a “wine” place although it did have a nice selection. The bar area was small but well equipped and stocked with the usual suspects. The menu (we did lunch) was clever and had a number of interesting options of entrees and appetizers, and there are many selections that would please the most discerning of palate down to some grub for the kiddos — although I would suggest leaving the little darlings at home for this place. It’s elegant, and pricey but worth every cent.

We opted to start off with a pair of appetizers — fried calamari and scallops Rockefeller. The main entree was ahi tuna, with asparagus and fried rich. The calamari (much like the memorable calamari at Whistler’s) was fresh, vibrant and fantastic. Beautifully breaded and fried, it was not greasy or rubbery, but rather fresh and firm, with a fantastic coating. The sauce, however, was to die for. I don’t know exactly what it was, but on the calamari, it was utter perfection. The scallops were also amazing. Beautifully presented on the shell, they cooked perfectly and were loaded with flavor. The entree was a lesson in how to prepare ahi tuna. The pepper coating was seared in, leaving the center raw and giving a taste sensation that was out of this world. It was meaty, juicy and melted in your mouth. The black bean and corn salsa topping paired beautifully with the tuna and what can you say about the big asparagus, also seared to perfection with the right amount of snap.

Highly recommended, this is a great stop for lunch or dinner. The patio is beautiful as well, and features a large pond and waterfall, so a great stop for a cocktail after work or that special dinner. Five out of five stars, this is worth the trip!

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Flamingo Air’s Worker Bee Division Now Offers Drone Repair Training and Service

Flamingo Air’s Worker Bee Division Offers Drone Repair Service

 

CINCINNATI, OHIO – JUNE 6, 2017 –  The Worker Bee Division of Flamingo Air has announced a new drone repair service at its facility at Cincinnati’s historic Lunken Airport.

 

The Worker Bee Division will now not only fix drones, but also teach others to repair them with its new sUAS Drone Repair and Maintenance Course.

 

“The drone industry is poised to rival the development of the cellphone is terms of cultural impact,” states Flamingo Air’s president, Captain Dave MacDonald. “However, drone mechanics are few and far between. And mechanics qualified to repair drones are overwhelmed by demand as commercial usage of these devices takes off.”
Worker Bee’s five-day Drone Repair and Maintenance certification program includes basic and advanced theory, tools and troubleshooting, a drone maintenance lab and instruction on building a DJI drone from basic components.

 

“The repair field is hiring, and educational institutions are responding with programs geared to the technology,” adds Captain McDonald. “Flamingo Air’s Worker Bee Division continues to be on the cutting edge by offering this drone maintenance, operation and repair course. The demand is there, as is good pay.”

 

Flamingo Air and its divisions also offer Flight Training, Avionics Training, and the company operates the largest Aircraft Dispatch Certification School of its kind in the world. Young and old alike can profit handsomely by taking advantage of this wildly growing field.

 

About Flamingo Air

Since 1991, Flamingo Air has been taking future professional and hobbyist pilots on their next adventure. Located at Cincinnati’s historic Lunken Airport, Flamingo Air is home to Sightseeing Tours, Flight School, the world-class Airline Ground Schools and Worker Bee Drone Training. Visit www.flamingoair.net. Call 513-321-7465.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

 

Rodger Roeser, The Eisen Agency

RRoeser@TheEisenAgency.com

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Whistle a Happy Tune: Cleveland Food Tour at Whistler’s in Avon

Located right at a very busy corner of Avon on Detroit Avenue and 611 sits Whistler’s Wood Fire Grill. Sort of a strange looking front as you drive by as it sort of resembles a shabby shack or old barn, but in reality it used to be an ice cream place — as we understand it. The front section is well lit and most likely this was added to put the actual 700 degree wood fire oven in, and it features a quaint little bar that seats four and about 5 or 6 tables in the space, which also leads out to a front patio.

The side entrance (main entrance) is the main dining room with a much larger bar. Why did we start with the decor? Well, for as amazing good as the food and service is, the actual decor and design of the place is at best confusing and at worst, really, really dated and kinda shabby, particularly when you look at the menu and corresponding prices — dinners are priced the same as much, much, MUCH higher end establishments. Now, having said that the food is good is an understatement — the food (and service) were fantastic. But, when it’s 5 p.m. on a Friday night and we are the only two folks in the place, there’s a sign.

Whistler’s is suffering from a brand identity crisis and is in desperate need of clarifying the message while updating the space to fit the menu and the cool factor of the wood fire grill. A bad website, awful decor, furniture from a cheap diner, yet the prices for a steak rival or if not more than Morton’s or Ruth’s Chris. It was strange, here you are in a rather expensive restaurant, yet you have sports on several TVs and really old WWII stuff, which made no sense at all? A bit of advice, hire a marketing professional to give you a little image makeover and a redesign of the front of house and the website, a clarified brand and message as to “what you are,” better and smarter promotions on social media and our bet is this place would be packed. Because…

The food is excellent. It’s fresh. It’s well crafted and thought out, and everything was absolutely cooked to perfection in that amazing wood fire grill.

The second bar in the front room had a few beers on tap and a nice wine and spirits selection. And, you can actually watch the wood fire grill from there, so it was a cool place to sit. We ordered the shrimp crostini and fried calamari as an appetizer, and both were very good — flavorful and fresh. The calamari was not frozen, it was hand cut, hand dipped and fried fresh and you can definitely tell the difference. Dinner was a 12 oz NY strip and lobster tail, which came with fresh zuke salad and a baked spud. Absolutely wood fired to perfection, flavorful, juicy and a perfect medium rare. The lobster was tender and moist, bursting with lobster awesomeness, and the sides were well prepared. In all, absolutely fantastic food. Great service, but I felt kinda bad for the cook and the waitress there on a Friday night hustling for tips with two whole customers.

Give Whistler’s a try, you’ll be glad you did. But, be prepared, it’s pricey (one dinner, two apps and a couple beers was over $100). I don’t mind paying for a good meal and good service, I just didn’t expect a $100 meal from a place that looks like really dark Flo’s Diner. Update the look, find your brand voice and this place — because of the cook and server — is a definite home run.

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Cincinnati Networking Events

Here are some events taking place this week, April 10-14, 2017:

The Cincinnati Business Courier presents 40 Minutes with Debbie Bowman, Wednesday, April 12, 8-9:30 a.m.

Join the Business Courier for its sixth year of showcasing some of the past Forty Under 40 honorees. Come spend “Forty Minutes” with Debbie Bowman, Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope, and a 1998 Forty Under 40 honoree. Register for this event.

The Cincinnati AMA is holding several events this week, including:

  • Digital Marketing SIG, Wednesday, April 12, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Networking Happy Hour, Wednesday, April 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Coffee & Conversation, Thursday, April 13, 9-10:30 a.m.

Check out the details and registration information.

Join Network After Work at Ivy Lounge Wednesday, April 12, 6-9 p.m., to meet executives and business professionals and make great connections in a relaxed, upbeat atmosphere. Register for the event.

There’s more happening throughout the month so check back often.

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Kick Off Q2 with Networking, Learning

It’s April. The beginning of the second quarter. Start it off right by checking out some of Greater Cincinnati’s networking events, as well as professional development opportunities.

Here are some events that are taking place this week, April 3-7, 2017:

The Cincinnati Business Courier Classroom Series presents LinkedIn for Business Development on Wednesday, April 5. If you’re looking for fresh strategies for marketing yourself and your company, as well as finding prospects, shortening the sales cycle and getting results, this one is for you. There’s still time to register for this event.

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce presents the 2017 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Luncheon on Wednesday, April 5. This event recognizes several outstanding women of Northern Kentucky. Register for the luncheon

There’s more happening throughout the month so check back often.

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