PETALUMA, Calif., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Tangram Insurance Services, Inc. (“Tangram”), a Managing General Agency, and Markel Corporation on behalf of its affiliated insurance companies  (“Markel”) today announces the launch of a program to provide excess liability above Tangram’s current program in propane and fuel distribution niche.

Tangram’s program provides comprehensive insurance solutions for dealers and distributors of fuel oil, propane, diesel and gasoline. The additional excess liability capacity that Markel provides will make Tangram a one stop shop for this niche. With the additional capacity, Tangram’s program now has the ability to provide General Liability, Property, Commercial Auto, Workers’ Compensation, Environmental Liability and Excess Liability cover up to $15 million.

“Our downstream energy program is our fastest growing niche.  Tangram’s focus for the past 5 years has been to provide our specialty brokers with meaningful coverage and services from a single source.  With the addition of Markel’s capacity, commitment and experience in the energy space, our brokers and customers have an even more compelling reason to partner with us for the long term,” said Rekha Skantharaja, Tangram’s President & CEO.

Tracy Bernard, Tangram’s Head of Program Development noted, “We are excited to partner with an industry powerhouse like Markel to provide excess liability to this niche. By providing this additional capacity we continue to demonstrate our commitment to the Fuel Distribution industry, providing a full suite of coverages for our broker partners and insureds operating in these challenging times.”

“Tangram provides an excellent underwriting platform for risk analysis, and they have a long history in this insurance space. We’re looking forward to building a solid partnership with Tangram in this line of business and sharing in mutual success and profitability,” said Tim Pasik, Managing Director, US Excess Casualty at Markel.

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Virtual training and pay-as-you-go fitness platform partners with leading sports performance apparel brand to further promote the active lifestyle of its users

FlexIt and 2XU team up

FlexIt and 2XU team up to bring fitness and performance apparel together.
FlexIt and 2XU team up to bring fitness and performance apparel together.
FlexIt and 2XU team up to bring fitness and performance apparel together.

NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FlexIt, the platform that enables users to seamlessly access live, 1-on-1 virtual training with personal trainers and access fitness facilities all over the country, announces its partnership with 2XU, a proven leader in performance sports apparel. This collaboration will allow users to take full advantage of both products, providing both FlexIt users and 2XU customers with a well-rounded fitness experience.

Both 2XU customers and FlexIt users will benefit directly from this partnership. 2XU customers will receive custom access to FlexIt’s virtual training platform and its network of close to 3,000 partner fitness facilities across the United States. FlexIt users will be rewarded for completing specific fitness challenges (such as working out for consecutive days) with exclusive 2XU offers across the brand’s key product categories, which are all designed to help users prepare, perform and recover to improve their overall performance. Together, the two companies are giving their networks the opportunity to continue their fitness journeys through various initiatives, experiences and activations over the next year.

“FlexIt and 2XU are two like-minded companies in that both our missions focus on providing everyone with the tools they need to work out successfully, in a way that makes them feel comfortable, no matter where they are,” said Austin Cohen, CEO and founder of FlexIt. “We’re partnering to further these goals and make sure people can work out their way with premier fitness access and performance apparel.”

2XU is a global leader in sports

An executive from the Greater Houston Partnership spoke with Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce members about the struggle for economic recovery, with forces pulling the economy both in and out of the recession.

Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of the group, said Thursday the struggle was like a tug of war, with some factors pulling Houston’s economy into recovery, and others keeping the economy from progressing and bringing back jobs.

Some positives include consumer sentiment at its highest level since March; single-family home sales and car sales are back up, according to data from the US Census Bureau and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. Jankowski said an increase in automobile sales was a short-term indicator of consumer confidence, while home sales were a long-term indicator of consumer confidence.

Jankowski also said retail sales overall have risen since the pandemic first hit in March and April, according to census data, like how sales go up around hurricane season.


“Think back about after Harvey hit the region and how regional sales surged because people were having to replace everything that was lost,” Jankowski said. “People weren’t able to shop early on in the pandemic, so now you’re starting to see this increase in retail sales.”

There are still some factors holding back economic recovery, he said, including the still present risk of COVID-119, turmoil in the stock market, high unemployment claims and the lack of a new economic stimulus package.

At the worst part of the great recession in 2009, there were about 600,000 unemployment claims weekly, he said, while the highest the U.S. has seen during the pandemic was 7 million weekly, but that

NOTE: This story contains spoilers from Tuesday night’s episode.

“This is the beginning of the end,” designer Alison Victoria foreshadows of her beleaguered partnership with contractor Donovan Eckhardt in the latest episode of “Windy City Rehab,” airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday on HGTV. It’s the dramatic twist that has been teased for months as the dubious business relationship has played out since the home renovation series debuted in 2019.

The show’s stars have continually been at the center of countless lawsuits, neighborhood complaints and stop-work orders from the city of Chicago on a number of the dozen-plus properties they have acquired with the intent to rehab and sell to local buyers.

Spoiler alerts!

But now in the fourth episode of Season Two, Victoria seems to mean it when it comes to finally dissolving the partnership. At the crux of the episode is a tension-filled “all-hands-on-deck” business meeting with Eckhardt, contractor Ermin Pajazetovic and Victoria’s director of purchasing/business manager where the four go “line by line” over financial statements to uncover some of the potential budget issues with a very ’80s-inspired two-level, four-bed, three-bath condo they’ve have under construction at 200 E. Delaware Place in the Gold Coast neighborhood.

“There’s so many money issues on projects and so many questions I have … I have to get the answers. I just want to know where the money is going,” Victoria asserts. After internal audits allegedly reveal that Eckhardt invoiced for $180,000 in payments to a pair of his companies, Victoria notes that is “nearly half the renovation budget.”

When pressed about the early payouts — which negates an alleged operating agreement between Eckhardt and Victoria to split profits 50/50 upon completion of the project and sale of the residences — Eckhardt claims he invoiced for “general conditions,” including time dealing with

LAKE CHARLES, La., Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Breaux Petroleum Products and CITGO have announced a partnership that has supplied frontline workers with a truckload of Mystik Bar & Chain Lubricant and Mystik JT-4 Lawn & Garden 2 Cycle Engine Oil as part of their continued effort to support relief and recovery efforts from the impact of Hurricane Laura.

CITGO Logo (PRNewsfoto/CITGO Corporation)
CITGO Logo (PRNewsfoto/CITGO Corporation)

Breaux Petroleum is partnering with CITGO to aid massive, ongoing clean-up efforts in the wake of the category 4 storm, which came ashore August 27th. Breaux Petroleum will distribute the lubricant and oil donations to local fire departments in Lake Charles, Westlake and Sulphur, and other non-profit relief organizations including the Cajun Navy, a volunteer operation of private boat owners who participate in rescue and recovery efforts in the area. Surplus lubricants and oil are reserved for equipment like chainsaws, trimmers, and blowers that local utility and tree service companies use to clean up debris and speed up the recovery process.

“Our goal is to provide emergency responders with the products they need to work toward relief and recovery from Hurricane Laura,” said Blake Breaux, executive vice president of Breaux Petroleum Products. “We are grateful for this partnership with CITGO that will enable us to distribute supplies at no charge and to help our community get back on its feet more quickly.”

About Breaux Petroleum Products

Founded in 1922 in Lockport, Louisiana, Breaux Petroleum Products is an established distributor of quality fuels and lubricants for the energy, automotive, marine, industrial and agricultural sectors. In addition to quality products, Breaux Petroleum offers a wide variety of services including delivery, oil analysis, lubrication optimization and management, filtration, varnish mitigation, hurricane preparedness and more. Breaux Petroleum has supplied essential workers with fuel after past