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  • Playfly Sports Emerges as New Player in College Sports Multi-Media Rights Game with Acquisition of OutFront Media Sports
    September 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Philadelphia, PA - Playfly Sports a full-service sports marketing company, is emerging as the newest player in providing top-tier management of multi-media rights solutions for universities, high school state associations, sports venues, conferences, teams and other properties.

    Playfly Sports, a Philadelphia-based company, through the acquisition and rebranding of OUTFRONT Media Sports LLC to Playfly Sports Properties, will use an innovative, digitallyenabled approach and turnkey media solutions to the growing collegiate multi-media rights (MMR) industry.

  • Regency Relief
    September 2, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Baltimore, MD - Access is extremely proud of the leadership at Regency for it’s efforts to give back to the community during these difficult times.

    The Regency Relief Mission is to provide compassion through action when pet families need it most. Thay are providing free dog and cat food at relief locations in the greater Baltimore/D.C. region from August 13 – Sept 11.

    If you’d like to help pet families in their time of need we are accepting donations. Give Now.

  • Access Holdings Promotes Andy Colmone and Michael Rodgers to Managing Director
    June 8, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    Baltimore, MD - Access Holdings Management Company LLC (“Access Holdings”) is pleased to announce the promotion of Andy Colmone and Michael Rodgers to Managing Director. In this capacity, Andy and Michael will be responsible for sourcing new platform investments, developing and managing relationships with new and existing partners and supporting the continued growth of the firm.

    Kevin McAllister, Partner and Founder of Access Holdings, commented: It gives me great pleasure to recognize the exceptional contributions that Michael and Andy have made to the growth and development of Access. Moreover, it’s with great confidence in their leadership and experience that we will continue to accelerate the growth of our portfolio companies and firm. It is only with an accountable, capable and authentic team that we will deliver on our promise of being genuine value add partners to our extraordinary entrepreneurial business leaders.

  • Access Holdings Welcomes Matt McLain
    May 18, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    Baltimore, MD - Access Holdings Management Company LLC (“Access Holdings”) is pleased to announce that Matt McLain has joined the firm as a Managing Director. In this capacity, Matt will be responsible for sourcing new platform investments, developing and managing relationships with new and existing partners and supporting the continued growth of the firm and our platform companies.

    Kevin McAllister, Partner and Founder of Access Holdings, commented: “Matt’s depth of experience will further enhance our ability to be accretive and thoughtful business building partners. His addition will allow us to continue to enhance our focused and highly engaged approach to scaling businesses and creating enduring value for our executives, employees, customers and investment partners alike. It’s with an exceptional team, executive partners and a purposeful research-based investment approach that we’ve built a reputation as a preferred partner with owners, management teams and investors. It’s with great enthusiasm that we all welcome Matt to the team.”

  • Foundation Partners Group Mobilizes Supplies, Equipment and Personnel to Prepare for Surge in Coronavirus Deaths
    April 8, 2020 at 7:00 AM

    Orlando, FL - While America's healthcare system struggles to keep pace with the surge in COVID-19 hospital admissions, funeral services professionals are challenged to prepare for the grim prospect of as many as 240,000 coronavirus deaths.

    Foundation Partners Group, operator of more than 135 funeral homes, cremation centers and cemeteries across the U.S., is prepared with the experience, resources and technology to safely care for grieving families during this unprecedented outbreak.

  • ACCESS HOLDINGS PARTNERS WITH COBBLESTONE AUTO SPA
    February 6, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    Baltimore, MD - Access Holdings Management Company LLC (“Access Holdings”), a Baltimore-based private investment firm focused on buy and build strategies in essential service businesses, announced today that it officially closed on an investment in and partnership with Cobblestone Auto Spa (“Cobblestone”).

    Cobblestone is the largest car wash operator in the Phoenix, AZ market with 27 locations and many more under development. Founded in 1997, Cobblestone is the Phoenix Valley market leader known for exceptional service, strong brand recognition and customer loyalty.

  • Kuvare Completes Acquisition of Lincoln Benefit Life Company
    January 6, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    Chicago, IL - Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. (“Kuvare”), a growth-oriented life and annuity business, announced today the completion of its purchase of Lincoln Benefit Life Company and its affiliates ("LBL") on December 31, 2019. With this latest acquisition, Kuvare’s pro forma consolidated assets are now valued at over $22 billion.

  • ACCESS HOLDINGS WELCOMES STEVE CHANG AND ANDY COLMONE
    June 2019

    Baltimore, MD - Access Holdings Management Company LLC (“Access Holdings”) today announced that Steve Chang and Andy Colmone have joined the firm.

    Kevin McAllister, Managing Partner and Founder of Access Holdings, commented: “The Access Holdings team has worked with Steve and Andy for many years. We are thrilled to welcome them to our strong and growing team.

  • Angel Valley Funeral Home joins Foundation Partners Group family
    January 9, 2019 at 5:00 AM

    Orlando, FL – Foundation Partners Group, a leading provider of innovative burial, cremation, and cemetery experiences and products, has announced that it has acquired Angel Valley Funeral Home & Old Pueblo Crematory in Tucson, AZ. 

  • Foundation Partners Group Adds Edwards Memorial
    December 18, 2018 at 5:00 AM

    Orlando, FL – Foundation Partners Group, a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has announced the acquisition of Edwards Memorial Funeral Homes, Chapels and Crematories.  The acquisition of the firm expands Foundation Partners’ network in Washington’s South Sound area to seven locations.

  • Foundation Partners Group Adds Loyless Funeral Home and Florida Mortuary
    December 11, 2018 at 5:00 AM

    Orlando, FL – Foundation Partners Group, a leading provider of innovative funeral and cemetery experiences and products, has announced the acquisition of Loyless Funeral Homes located in Land O’ Lakes, FL and Tampa, FL and Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services in Tampa, FL. The acquisition expands Foundation Partners presence in Florida to 21 locations.

  • Heritage Memorial Joins Foundation Partners Group
    November 14, 2018 at 5:00 AM

    Orlando, FL – Foundation Partners Group, a leading provider of innovative funeral and cemetery experiences and products, has announced the acquisition of Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Warner Robins, GA.  With this acquisition, Heritage Memorial becomes the second Foundation Partners location in Georgia, joining Glen Haven Memoria...

  • Kuvare Chief: We Want to Build a Life and Annuity...
    April 20, 2018 at 4:00 AM

    Dhiren Jhaveri says he has a different strategy because he has a different type of investor.

  • A.M. Best Removes From Under Review with Developing ...
    April 19, 2018 at 4:00 AM

    A.M. Best has removed from under review with developing implications and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of United Life Insurance Company.

  • Riding a Wave of Opportunity
    April 10, 2018 at 4:00 AM

    Bermuda-based Kuvare Life Re, part of Kuvare Holdings, has completed some big deals and enjoyed rapid growth since it was formed. Dhiren Jhaveri, the chief executive of Kuvare Holdings, explains to Bermuda: Re+ILS why a confluence of factors in the US life insurance sector is creating opportunities.

  • Kuvare Completes Acquisition of United Life Insurance Company
    April 2, 2018 at 4:00 AM

    Completed acquisition expands offering of life and annuity solutions for the middle market April 2, 2018 – Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. (“Kuvare”), a growth-oriented life and annuity business, is pleased to announce the completion of its purchase of United Life Insurance Company ("United Life" or “The Company”). With this latest acquisition, Kuvare’s pro forma consolidated assets are now valued at over $3.7 billion.

  • Kuvare to acquire United Life Insurance Company
    September 19, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    Chicago, September 19, 2017 – Kuvare US Holdings, Inc. (“Kuvare”), a growth-oriented life and annuity business, is pleased to announce an agreement to purchase United Life Insurance Company ("United Life" or “The Company”), the life insurance company of United Fire Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: UFCS).

  • Utah Business: People on the Move
    September 16, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    Salt Lake City — RizePoint, a global leader in compliance management solutions, announces the appointment of Jesse Dowdle as Vice President of Technology. Dowdle will guide RizePoint’s engineering team, driving innovation and quality in the product suite.

  • A Conversation with Bob Bukala, CEO of Foundation Partners, and John McQueen, former Owner of Premier Care of Florida
    September 11, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    The announcement in mid-August surprised many in funeral service: Foundation Partners Group had acquired Premier Care of Florida, whose portfolio included Anderson-McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers, E. James Reese Funeral Home, ALife Tribute Funeral Care, Sunnyside Cemetery, Affordable Memorials and Pet Passages by Anderson-McQueen.

  • Foundation Partners Group Adds Anderson-McQueen to FPG Family
    September 1, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    Foundation Partners Group (FPG), a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has announced the acquisition of Premier Care of Florida.

  • From Finance Chief to CEO: A Conversation with Bob Bukala
    September 1, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    Some people would be intimidated by becoming a CEO for the first time. But not Bob Bukala.

  • Cremation Society of Minnesota Joins Foundation Partners Group
    September 1, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    Latest Acquisition Builds FPG’s Growing Portfolio of Cremation Operations Orlando, FL – Foundation Partners Group (FPG), a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has announced the acquisition of the Cremation Society of Minnesota and First Memorial Funeral Chapel.

  • Foundation Partners Group Adds Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home
    September 1, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    Orlando, FL – Foundation Partners Group (FPG), a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has announced the acquisition of Schneider-Michaelis Funeral Home in Jefferson, Wisconsin.

  • Sandy Journal: Students Awarded RizePoint Scholarships
    August 12, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    Sandy, Utah – Eleven-year-old Marianne Liu has a passion for learning about science, technology, engineering and math so when she heard about the scholarship to attend a STEM camp this summer offered by RizePoint for Canyons School District students, she jumped at the opportunity.

  • Women Tech Council Announces 2016 Award Finalists
    July 29, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    SALT LAKE CITY, June 29, 2016,/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Women Tech Council (WTC) announced today the finalists for the ninth annual Women Tech Awards, a prestigious honor recognizing technology-focused women who are driving innovation, leading technology companies, and are key contributors to the technology community.

  • Canyon School District Students Receive STEM Scholarships
    June 19, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    Butler Elementary student Savanna Moursal wants to learn how to hack into a computer if she should ever be locked out. So the fifth-grader decided to apply for a RizePoint STEM scholarship to attend the camp Girls Go Digital to learn more about coding.

  • RizePoint Sending 20 Utah Students to STEM Summer Camps
    May 23, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — RizePoint, a management software firm based in Cottonwood Heights, awarded scholarships to 20 Canyons School District students for stem summer camps. The recipients — nine girls and 11 boys — are in fifth through 10th grades. The awards cover the cost of summer camps in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, with camps focusing on fields such as robotics or marine science.

  • Hotel Business: Software to Help Protect a Brand
    March 21, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    SALT LAKE CITY—Food safety may not be top of mind for travelers, but it should be for any hotelier worth their salt. A failure to have a brand standard in place for food hygiene and occupational safety can put a hotel property at risk of being the latest subject of a Twitter rant or critical review online.

  • PE funds back Kuvare to invest in insurance companies
    March 9, 2017 at 5:00 AM

    Altamont Capital Partners, Makena Capital Management and Access Holdings committed capital to Kuvare Holdings. Based in Chicago, Kuvare is a growth-oriented platform for investing in insurance companies.

  • World-Class Investors Back Kuvare to Bring Life Insurance & Annuities to the Middle Market
    March 9, 2016 at 5:00 AM

    CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kuvare Holdings, a growth-oriented insurance platform, is proud to announce the backing of investors Altamont Capital Partners, Makena Capital Management and Access Holdings, a group that collectively manages more than $20 billion of capital on behalf of stable, long-term oriented investors. Kuvare will deliver diversified annuities, life insurance, and supplemental products to the middle-income and mass-affluent consumer segments through its acquisition-led growth strategy.

  • Kuvare Activates Platform with Closing of Gilico Acquisition & Formation of Reinsurance Co.
    October 6, 2016 at 4:00 AM

    Chicago – October 7, 2016. Kuvare Holdings LP (“Kuvare” or “The Company”), a growth-oriented insurance platform, is pleased to announce the completion of its purchase of Guaranty Income Life Insurance Company (“GILICO”) and, separately, the establishment of a new reinsurer, Kuvare Life Re Ltd. (“KLR”), and execution of a closed-block reinsurance transaction with a highly rated insurance company.

  • Brad Rex: Private Equity Involvement Is Good for Funeral Service
    May 16, 2016 at 4:00 AM

    Since Access Holdings, a private investment firm became Foundation Partners Group’s new financial backer a year ago, the company now has “significant new, long-term capital to make acquisitions and grow our business.”

  • Steton picks up $7.5 mln from Access Holdings
    November 3, 2015 at 5:00 AM

    SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 3, 2015,/PRNewswire/ — Steton Technology Group, Inc., the world’s leading provider of compliance auditing SaaS technology, today announced the completion of a $7.5 million Series B financing backed by Access Holdings, a private equity firm based in Baltimore and Toronto.

  • Guaranty Income Life Insurance in Baton Rouge being acquired by Kuvare Holdings
    October 9, 2015 at 4:00 AM

    Baton Rouge-based Guaranty Income Life Insurance Co. is being acquired by Kuvare US Holdings Inc. for an undisclosed price. The deal, which is subject to approval from the Louisiana Department of Insurance, is set to close in several months. GILICO will remain based in Baton Rouge, along with its management team and staff, and the company name and organizational structure will remain the same, Kuvare said. GILICO, founded in 1926, is licensed to do business in 31 states, marketing individual fixed annuities and universal life products. It has about 20 employees.

  • Access Holdings Completes Purchase of Foundation Partners Group
    June 25, 2015 at 4:00 AM

    ORLANDO, Fla., June 25, 2015,/PRNewswire/ -- Foundation Partners Group, LLC (FPG) announced today the completion of its sale to Access Holdings, a private investment management firm committed to forward-thinking growth and innovation. The acquisition by Access Holdings will accelerate Foundation Partners' ability to fund expansion through acquisition and reinvent the funeral industry.

  • Steton Partners with Access Holdings to Fuel Growth and Innovation
    October 22, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    October 22, 2014, St. George, UT—Steton announced today that it has partnered with Access Holdings, a private equity firm with offices in Baltimore and Toronto, in order to continue its rapid growth as the industry leader in quality management and business intelligence software.

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