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CEO/President of the California Black Chamber of Commerce, Jay King, Liaisons Critical Support for Small Business Landmark, Hawkins House of Burgers

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Not many small Black businesses can boast five generations of family operation. But more importantly, Hawkins House of Burgers, ( ) established in 1939, has maintained decades of community service to its surrounding neighborhood, Watts, CA. So, when current restaurateur Cynthia Hawkins found herself on the other end of a Caltrans state issued decree requiring the removal of part of their building, so a 500 square foot patch of land beneath it could be appraised and sold at public auction, her terror was palatable.

Having barely survived operations during Covid, to now being confronted with this challenge, was like the onslaught of facing another pandemic all over again. Fortunately for the Hawkins family business, former Compton resident A.K. King, got wind of the dilemma via social media and reached out to Jay King, the CEO/President of the California Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC)(

As the Chamber's CEO and president, King also sits on the Caltrans Small Business Council as the Chairman of the African American DBE Participation Committee for the California Department of Transportation. Staying true to the advocacy mission of the CBCC, King was able to reach out directly to Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. The pending order to demolish the Hawkins' building has been halted and everyone is working on various resolutions concerning the matter. A petition ( and GoFundMe ( has been set up to support the 82 year old community institution.

"Because Cynthia Hawkins is a small Black business owner, this issue could have been viewed as racially discriminatory, when in fact it was not. In fact, small businesses across the state and the nation even, face matters that are more about miscommunication and bureaucracy then perhaps race and gender. Many small businesses understandably operate in a bubble implementing their day-to-day survival so the California Black Chamber of Commerce, like most business chambers of commerce, are many times underutilized resources. We are here to provide service and support to our constituents and the Hawkins Burgers' situation provides an exemplary case study of how winning resolutions can be accessible for all," explains Jay King, CEO/President of the CBCC.

"So many people came out and promised support and help," cites Cynthia Hawkins, the youngest of 14 children, who runs the restaurant with help from her two daughters and three grandchildren. "But it was Jay King who made things happen and made them happen quickly! As a small business operator, I never realized I had access to resources like Jay King and the Chamber. I am deeply grateful and just humbled quite honestly. The matter is not fully remedied yet, but King's support is like an answered prayer and a miracle for my family."

"Caltrans is not the bad guy here. In fact, there are no bad guys. Caltrans has a small business council, so what we witnessed was the council at work. As a member and chairman of their ad hoc committee, I was able to directly reach out to CalTrans and they responded immediately and halted the declaration for demolition. The system works when organizations and agencies in place do their job. In this case the organization was the CBCC and it did its job as a resource center and liaison and we will continue to find a real resolution to the matter, because it's what we are in place to do," notes King.

The Hawkins House of Burgers was originally a malt shop back in the early 1940's. The business was one of many family-owned enterprises over the past decades, before eventually becoming a full throttle restaurant business in 1984. The family's motto has always been "Take care of your community and they will ALWAYS take care of you," and it is this tradition that has lasted over eight decades. Cynthia Hawkins has lovingly continued with service that includes feeding the homeless; supporting local families with food and funds; offering scholarships to neighborhood kids; providing food to grieving families when tragedy occurs, particularly to those effected by gun violence; and notably offering jobs and training to the community residents. The Hawkins House of Burgers even offers discounts to Caltrans workers!

As the largest African American non-profit business organization, representing thousands of small and emerging businesses, affiliates and chambers of commerce throughout California, the CBCC is extremely concerned about the aftermath of Covid-19 which has immobilized and shut down businesses around the entire world. California is a large and crucial market. The California Black Chamber of Commerce has over 4,200 registered small businesses throughout the state. A large percentage of these businesses consist of sole proprietors who rely on their businesses' income to survive. COVID-19 has had an unforgivable impact on this already marginalized and fragile, small business community. From the mom-and-pop eateries, barbershops and corner stores, to business professionals, the impact of this pandemic is projected to decimate this entire workforce.

The California Black Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping small businesses survive through these uncertain times. Contact the California Black Chamber of Commerce at, via email at or call at 916-467-8878.

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Dining Out Jersey’s First Annual Foodie Expo

PARAMUS, N.J. -- Dining Out Media LLC will be hosting the 1st Annual Dining Out Jersey Foodie Expo on Thursday July 15, 2021 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at The Terrace at Biagio's in Paramus, N.J. The event will feature North Jersey's best restaurants, gourmet food shops, BBQ, craft beer, wine, and spirits, as well as celebrity guests, music, and other food-related vendors.

The event will be held in the main ballroom as well as BBQ and grilling on the rooftop. Some food trucks are also scheduled to participate. Participating businesses are primarily from Bergen, Hudson, and Essex counties.

"We saw this as an opportunity to support local restaurants and small businesses that were adversely affected by the recent events while at the same time giving area residents an excuse to get out and enjoy themselves again," said Paul Turpanjian, Publisher of Dining Out Jersey Magazine.

With restaurants getting "back to business" and life becoming a little more normal, guests will enjoy the festivities which will include food tastings across a wide variety of cuisines from the area's top restaurants. Paid admission gives guests access to all.

"We are looking forward to giving local foodies an opportunity to get out once again and be entertained while enjoying the savory and sweet flavors that our many fine North Jersey restaurants are famous for," said Turpanjian. "The restaurant industry was the hardest hit during the pandemic. Now these businesses are hoping to gain more exposure and make up for what was lost, which makes this first big food festival a very important one."

Dining Out Jersey Magazine is North Jersey's preeminent lifestyle magazine focusing on dining out and other food-centric content.

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AJ’s on the Bayou to Host Free Firework Show at Stars and Stripes Celebration

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- The folks at AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar know that there's no better way to kick off the summer than with a live firework show along Florida's Emerald Coast. That's why it's excited to host a free firework show at AJ's on the Bayou, one of its four popular locations. The Stars and Stripes Celebration will take place on Saturday, July 3 at 9 p.m. and Black-Eyed Blonde will perform live music starting at 6 p.m.

Located at the base of the Cinco Bayou Bridge in Fort Walton Beach, AJ's on the Bayou is in a beautiful setting offering indoor as well as outdoor seating and dining on an open-air deck overlooking the Cinco Bayou.

During this special celebration, AJ's will also have walk-up dining options where people can grab a BBQ Plate which includes one of its delicious BBQ pork sandwiches served with fries, coleslaw and baked beans for $15. There's a kids special too - a hot dog and fries for $6.

A tent will be set up on site for people to visit to register for free giveaways. Get a flag, souvenir cup or "cool" treats for kids. Activities will include face painting, stilt walkers and more.

The address is: 200 NE Eglin Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, 32548.

Call for information: 850-226-7579 or visit:

About AJ's on the Bayou

Since 1984, AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar has been serving cold Gulf Coast oysters and cool libations. What began as a popular local hang out known for fresh oysters and cold beer has grown into one of the most iconic "hot spots" on Florida's Destin Harbor. From its humble beginning shucking oysters off the deck behind a small trailer on the Destin Harbor, its proud to have grown to four locations along Florida's Emerald Coast.


Rachael Green
Public Relations Director for AJ's on the Bayou

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Kiosk Association Exhibiting at Major Retail and Restaurant Events: NRF Retail Converge and NRN CREATE

DENVER, Colo. -- The Unattended Self-Service and Kiosk Association is participating in two major upcoming events for Retail and Restaurants in the next week - NRF Retail Converge and CREATE by Nations Restaurant News. Learn from speakers such as CVS, Walgreens, Macys, Alibaba and others at Retail Converge. CREATE speakers include Yum! Brands, Chipotle, McDonald's, Wendy's, Dominos and many more. Retail Converge begins next week and CREATE has just launched.

Noted sponsors for the Kiosk Association include:

* Olea Kiosks, Inc.
* KioWare
* Pyramid Computer
* Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc.
* Nanonation
* KIOSK Information Systems
* Kiosk Group
* 22Miles
* Vispero
* Zebra
* Panasonic Restaurant Solutions
* LG Electronics Business Solutions

In other news for the Association a resource page for Assistive Technology is now available listing provider companies, noted consequences for not providing and additional resources. A companion page covering the latest Legal News is now available. This page is a running log with personal commentary on legal, privacy and patent situations. We keep track of legal news that affects the unattended self-service market.

Examples this week include the lawsuit against McDonalds for improper use of biometric data and a class action suit against over 125 Wendy's franchisees for ADA violation. Learn about PPI which is how we abbreviate Prosecution Probability Index. Our new DOJ is expressing interest in cases never before expressed.

Sample News Posts

* Kiosk Tradeshow Update - NRF Retail Converge and NRN CREATE
* New Digital Signage Solution with the Universal Landscape/Portrait Kiosk
* Legal News - McDonalds Sued for Improper Use of Biometric Data in Drive-Thru
* Legal News
* Assistive Technology For Kiosks and more
* DMV Now Kiosk - Motor vehicle kiosks offer more services
* McDonalds Restaurant Kiosks Deployed in Switzerland
* Member Spotlight: Unattended Card Payments (UCP) Joins Retail Solution Providers Association
* Custom Touch Screen Manufacturer - Member Brochure
* How To Use Self-Service to Enhance the Customer Experience
* Friday Wrapup - Self-Service News from News Roundup
* Perspectives on Unattended Self-Service
* What's Next? Interviews with 22Miles and Panasonic from SCN
* Large Format Display Touchscreens Gain Interactive Signage Solution Market Share
* Payment Kiosk Options and Grocery Omnichannel Payments

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Owner of AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar Ranked as one of the Country’s Most Influential Restaurant Executives

DESTIN, Fla. -- In 2020, readers of "Nation's Restaurant News" had a chance to weigh in on who they considered leaders in the restaurant industry. The people have spoken and Florida's own Alan Laird, owner of AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, ranked number 37 out of 500 submissions in the category for "Most Influential Restaurant Executives in the Country" on its "Power List 2020."

"Nation's Restaurant News" released its selections for its annual "Power List Reader Picks" in February 2021 and Laird was thrilled and honored to be recognized and to join some of the top players in the restaurant industry. This year's list focused on leadership and nominees ranged from restaurant CEOs and chefs to store managers who are making an impact through innovation.

So, what's Laird's secret to success? It's a pretty simple formula. Laird believes that it all hinges on good communication between staff and being polite to customers and each other.

"When customers come in, say 'hello.' Thank them for coming in when they're on their way out and ask if they enjoyed everything. Invite them to come back in," he says.

Laird has remained true to this basic philosophy since opening his doors in 1984 and apparently, it's paid off.

"I wouldn't be here today without this great team behind me," he says. "I appreciate that they have helped me to continue to stand out among restaurant executives across the country."

Laird, a Florida native, was born and raised in the state's panhandle, and has worked in restaurants all his life. In 1984, he opened the first AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar. It started out as a small burger and oyster joint that sold beer. Today, he has four restaurant locations and a 55-acre farm where he raises Black Angus, Waygu cattle and seasonal produce that he uses in these restaurants. The latest addition is a public market in Destin, AJ's Specialty Meats and Gourmet Market, that sells locally-sourced meats and produce.

Laird has also broken out into beverage branding over the past few years and is excited about AJ's branded vodka and two different beers brewed exclusively for AJ's by Props Craft Beer. These products are available at all AJ's locations, as well as local restaurants and stores in the panhandle.

About AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar

AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar serves the freshest seafood and mixed drinks along the beautiful Emerald Coast. It has live entertainment seven days a week and has been recognized on many local lists that include "Best of the Emerald Coast," and "Best of South Walton." It's also received national recognition from "Nightclub and Bar Magazine" as one of "America's Top 100 Nightclubs in the United States."

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Kiosk Association Restaurant Kiosks and Menu Boards

DENVER, Colo. -- National Restaurant Association has launched Show To Go and the Kiosk Association is a participant. The online show runs thru August 2021. We have eight showcases online: QSR Self-Order, Touchless Controls, Outdoor Menu Boards, ClearConnect full suite solution, Restaurant Kiosks, gigantic digital signage (LVCC), large digital signs and touchscreens. April 21 is a casual "Ask An Expert" web session for ADA and PCI, and there are Special Offers as well. For reference, we are also doing NRF Converge Retail in June which will be interesting.

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Data Reports -- this month is the lengthy 2021 Self-Service Market Research report [140 pgs], the NRA 2021 State of the Industry [26 pgs], and the NRN Top 200 report. Contact any of our Gold sponsors for a copy of any: Olea, KioWare, Pyramid Computer, Frank Mayer, Nanonation, KIOSK Information Systems, KioskGroup, Vispero, Zebra, AUO, 22Miles, Honeywell, and LG Electronics Business Solutions, and Panasonic Restaurant Solutions.

ADA Accessibility News -- New court decision on Winn-Dixie web accessibility + background on Coca-Cola drink station decision and case.

* ADA Kiosk Lawsuits - Legal Judgement Reasons To Be Accessible

* Web Accessibility Lawsuits - How to prevent and how to react. Winn-Dixie website verdict.

PCI and EMV -- We've fielded several questions regarding PCI Compliance for CATs and kiosks so it seems a good time for us to provide some updated info. Thanks to Rob at UCP and Bruce with Ingenico.

We are also covering the benefits and drawbacks of using QR codes for payment (Ingenico blog series)

Latest Posts:

* Portable Pizzeria Powered by Robots

* Ghost Kitchen Kiosks in Walmart - Cloud Kitchens rationale and logic

* Interactive 50″ Drive-Thru Real Person On Video Inset Taking Order - Bite Ninja

* Taco Bell Kiosk - Times Square Full Digital Location Review

* New Member - SuzoHapp Global - Gaming, Amusement, and Sports Betting

* PCI Kiosk Update - POS Credit Card Readers for Kiosks

* Massive Digital Signage LED Wall Installation for LVCC

* Digital Menu Boards - Panasonic ClearConnect(tm) Restaurant Solutions

* Smart Locker System - GRUBBRR & Frank Mayer Smart Pickup Smart Curbside

* ADA Webinar U.S. Access Board March 2021 Wrap - Kiosk Access

* Wayfinder Kiosk - Improving the Visitor and Employee Experience

* Restaurant Kiosk - National Restaurant Association Show To Go 2021

* ADA Kiosk 2021 Update - Kiosk Lawsuits - Reasons To Be Accessible

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* Updated McDonalds Menuboards Failures - Isotropic-like failures -- sometimes it is as simple as NOT changing a filter

McDonalds News

* Robotic Delivery by Chick-fil-A in California Being Tested

* New article on "Fully Digital" Times Square Taco Bell - QSRMagazine

* By this summer, only 150 McDonald's will remain inside Walmart stores

* H-E-B is partnering with Texas A&M University to provide grocery delivery to people who live on its main and West campuses in College Station, Texas.

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Singing Dog Vanilla Introduces Organic Double Strength Pure Vanilla Extract for the home user

EUGENE, Ore. -- Singing Dog Vanilla is introducing an Organic Double Strength Pure Vanilla Extract to the retail market for use in making ice cream and boosting the vanilla flavor in baked goods. Until this launch, Singing Dog Vanilla's double strength vanilla extract was only available in commercial volumes for ice cream manufacturers and large food manufacturers.

The company decided to release a 4-ounce retail version of their double strength vanilla extract after it was recommended by Tyler Malek in his new book "Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook" When homemade ice cream fans read the book, they started emailing and calling Singing Dog Vanilla asking to purchase their double strength vanilla extract. In response, they quickly made it available on their website with a plain-white label and then went to work preparing for a proper launch.

"We are grateful to the Salt & Straw folks for mentioning us in their book. It was a nice surprise when people started calling," said Marty Parisien, Co-founder of Singing Dog Vanilla. "We had to move quickly to get this product on the market because of the demand from fans of the book."

Standard single strength vanilla extracts, also called single-fold, are made with 13.35 oz of vanilla beans per gallon of 35% alcohol. Double-Fold vanilla is preferred by ice cream manufactures because it has twice the vanilla beans within the same 35% alcohol, thus reducing the amount of liquid per ice cream batch.

For more information about Singing Dog Vanilla's Organic Double Strength Pure Vanilla Extract, visit:

About Singing Dog Vanilla:

Founded on April Fool's Day in 2004, Singing Dog Vanilla has offices in Eugene, Oregon and Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. They partner with over 400 vanilla-growing families in Indonesia to bring organic vanilla products to food manufacturers, bakeries, scoop shops, restaurants, and breweries. Singing Dog Vanilla also has a full line of retail products sold in natural grocery stores across the USA and internationally. Profits are shared with their vanilla farmers and employees.

The Singing Dog Vanilla motto is "Silly Name ... Serious Vanilla."

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SuiteAmerica Named Move For Hunger 2020 Corporate Housing Company Of The Year

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. -- During the 2020 CHPA Tower of Excellence Awards, SuiteAmerica was named Move For Hunger's 2020 Corporate Housing Company of the Year. SuiteAmerica considers it a great honor and is deeply humbled to be able to provide for those in need.

SuiteAmerica's Move For Hunger Coordinator, Michael James, says, "We are so proud and honored to have received this award again from Move for Hunger! While 2020 caused us to not be able to do typical in-person food drives, our team was still able to come together virtually and exceeded our fundraising goal during Hunger Action Month."

SuiteAmerica has been partnered with Move For Hunger since Move For Hunger started in 2014. Move For Hunger is a nonprofit dedicated to reducing food waste and fighting hunger. Their goal is to eliminate food waste during the relocation process. The Move For Hunger team will pick up any unopened, nonperishable food items and deliver them to a local food pantry.

Over 50 million Americans face hunger every day, including one in four children. The COVID-19 Pandemic has only worsened food insecurity in the United States. In 2020, over 3.7 million pounds of food were donated to food banks, making 2020 Move For Hunger's most impactful year to date.

"SuiteAmerica would also like to send a big thank you to all of our fellow corporate housing companies that help champion Move For Hunger's mission every year. We look forward to collecting even more donations in 2021 and continuing to raise awareness about food insecurity," says James.

If you are in a place to consider donating, please visit

About Move For Hunger

Move For Hunger is a (501(c)(3) national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs.

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Newly-Passed Restaurant Revitalization Fund and Restaurant Tax Relief Strategies by Ace Plus Tax Resolution

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- James Cha, a CPA and a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist from Ace Plus Tax Resolution, underlines the newly enacted restaurant revitalization fund, recent tax challenges the restaurant industry is facing, and tax relief strategies.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund and Grants

Along with small and medium enterprises, the restaurant industry has also been severely impacted by the pandemic. However, the governments have been trying to ensure that tax reliefs are provided to help the restaurant industry. This has been effectively encapsulated in the Restaurant Revitalization Act signed on March 11. Certified Tax Resolution Specialist James from Ace Plus Tax Resolution recommends that "restaurant owners that are financially struggling must strategize and receive the full benefit of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund."

$5 billion of the fund will be available to eligible restaurants with gross receipts during 2019 of $500,000 or less.

In addition, the crux of this particular tax relief regime provides grants to restaurant applicants of up to $10 million. This is mainly to compensate them for the pandemic-related revenue loss. In this aspect, all restaurants are declared as eligible for the program, with some exceptions, like restaurants that are operated by a state or a local government or are owned by a publicly-traded company. However, it is to be noted that the grant that would be awarded to the entity is not supposed to exceed an aggregate of $10 million and should be limited to $5 million per physical location.

The grant amount will be based on the pandemic-related revenue loss. If the entity was in business for 2019, either entirely or partially, the loss is calculated as the 2020 average monthly gross receipts multiplied by 12, subtracted from 2019 average monthly gross receipts multiplied by 12. A different calculation method is to be applied if the business newly opened anytime between January 1, 2020, and the enactment date of the bill, March 11, 2021. The grant will be reduced by the 7(a) SBA loans received, including PPP loans.

Under this particular act, there are certain expenses that are eligible for restaurants. They mainly include payroll costs, paid sick leaves, mortgage, rent and utilities, maintenance, supplies, food and beverage expenses, operational expenses, and any other expenses SBA deemed essential. In the same manner, the grant is supposed to be used for expenses that fall within the covered period between February 15, 2020, and December 31, 2021.


Restaurant Revitalization Grants that are received are not subject to income tax. In the same manner, the exclusion will not result in the denial of a deduction reduction of tax attributes or a denial of increase in basis. This implies that these businesses are not supposed to include the grant amount as a gross income in the tax return.

Tax Problems for Restaurant Owners

James denotes, "Restaurant Revitalization Grant has been a much-needed life support for the troubled industry. Followed by the pandemic, the restaurant industry was perhaps the most impacted by lockdowns, with the ongoing burden of having to remit tax payments. Payroll taxes, for one, continue to be a pressing cause of concern for the restaurant industry".

When their business struggles, restaurant owners are tempted to use these funds to cover the business expenses. The IRS takes late payroll tax payments very seriously because it wasn't the business owners' money to begin with. If the IRS thinks that if an individual was responsible for filing or paying taxes but did not, then he or she becomes liable for the unpaid taxes.

Business owners must realize that the IRS has the power to close their business, come after the owner personally by asserting Trust Fund Recovery Penalty, levy bank accounts, or seize income sources and properties in an attempt to collect back taxes. Also, their passport may be revoked or declined to issue or renew by the U.S. Department of State.

Tax Reliefs for the Restaurant Industry

In the case where the business is approached by the IRS for back taxes, the best possible course of action might be to adopt an approach to tactfully deal with the issue, without panicking.

James believes "The best course of action is to see if they qualify for any tax relief options." However, this can only be done after delinquent tax returns have been filed and all current income tax and payroll tax deposits have been paid.

Businesses or individuals can settle their taxes for substantially less than they owe through an Offer in Compromise if they qualify. Financial inability to pay is the most common reason an Offer is accepted, but it must be supported by and verified with well-prepared financial documents and statements.

Or, through an Installment Agreement, businesses or individuals may set up an affordable payment plan to pay off the back taxes. If they qualify for a "Partial Payment" Installment, they will not be paying off the full amount, as the balance left at the end of the payment term will be forgiven. Strategizing is crucial when submitting an application in order to maximize the benefit.

Also, they may be able to halt IRS collection actions by declaring a Currently Not Collectible status. To qualify for this status, they must prove they have a dire financial situation and none to very little income. The IRS will put a pause on their attempt to collect payment until the financial situation improves.

The Final Words

The current day and age are quite challenging for almost all business owners. In this regard, it is imperative for businesses to be fully aware of all the taxes that they owe, as well as the options that are available to them. There are numerous tax relief options that are put forth by the government, but business owners should seek a certified tax relief specialist to clearly understand their options and eligibility, so that they can strategize, take full advantage, and save considerable sums of money as taxpayers.

Ace Plus Tax Resolution provides permanent solutions to taxpayers with IRS and state tax problems to individuals and businesses struggling with unmanageable IRS tax problems. If you're struggling with payroll tax problems, contact their tax professionals for a free consultation.

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James Cha is a CPA and Certified Tax Resolution Specialist(r) at Ace Plus Tax Resolution, has been representing his clients and dealing with the IRS for over 30 years. His practice is in Los Angeles, but his clients are across the nation. Contact him at (213) 600-7388 or

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Jeremy Lawson Joins EPIC Contingency Risk Practice as Managing Practice

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced today that Jeremy "Jez" Lawson has joined the firm as Managing Principal of its expanding Contingency Risk Practice group.

In his new role, Lawson will act as the key executive overseeing the operations and strategic direction of the firm's industry-leading contingency insurance practice. This practice provides risk management and specialty insurance brokerage services to a broad range of live entertainment promoters, venues, festivals, touring artists, agencies and production services companies.

Reporting to Roger Sandau, Contingency Practice leader based in Austin, Texas, Lawson will work closely with the firm's Entertainment & Sports practice. In addition, he will collaborate with its EPIC Select practice, which provides financial protection for successful individuals and their families. Lawson will provide support for this critical coverage need, particularly in today's environment.

Lawson has over 20 years of experience in the global live entertainment and television production fields. He previously spent the past 16 years with Live Nation, most recently as COO North American Touring Division and SVP Touring Risk Management. He was responsible for redesigning and managing North American event cancellation insurance programs across Live Nation's U.S. concert portfolio of stadium, amphitheater, arena and theater shows. In addition, Lawson designed and placed coverage, and adjusted claims for the tours produced by Live Nation Global Touring.

"I am excited to join Roger Sandau and the EPIC team with whom I have worked over many years," commented Lawson. "This is an exciting time to be involved in the event and touring insurance business, given the changing landscape in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. While touring has been put on hold for the past twelve months, it is poised to return stronger than ever."

"We are very excited to have someone of Jez's caliber join our team," said Scott Davis, President, National Specialties. "His expertise will help us expand a strong contingency practice in partnership with the specialty teams within EPIC."

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About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has more than 2,600 team members operating from more than 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients. For more information on EPIC, visit:

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