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Northern White Sand Consortium: Rystad Energy Study Links Sand Proppant Type to Decreased Oil and Gas Production and Profitability

HOUSTON, Texas -- The Northern White Sand Consortium (NWSC), a subgroup of industry participants, formed under the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association, announced today that a report by Rystad Energy examining 800 Shale Oil wells completed using in-basin sand, across 7 operators in the Permian basin, indicates close to 50% have seen a negative economic impact compared to wells completed using Northern White Sand (NWS).

Up to 85% are nearing negative impact in less than 1 year of production. Upfront savings doesn't appear to offset the impact in just the first year of the well's life.

The impact is not limited to investors, continued short-term economic thinking will affect long-term energy independence, American jobs, and billions of dollars for investors & mineral rights holders.

Accelerating decline rates in shale wells have drawn attention. Many theories have been posed such as well spacing, reservoir pressure drawdowns etc., but one clear potential cause has been virtually ignored since the hydraulic fracturing revolution began, Proppant Type.

Over the past several years, industry observers have recognized well production decline rates are accelerating at a higher rate than ever. The quickening decline rates have occurred simultaneously with the migration away from higher quality proppants. (A Proppant is a granular solid material, typically sand, intended to keep well fractures open.)

The incentive for the switch is understandable since proppant sand cost usually makes up 10% of the completion costs of a horizontal well. High quality Northern White Sand (NWS) is often railed or barged to the play. By avoiding these shipping costs, operators can save $300-$500k per well initially, (around 3-5% inclusive of drilling costs).

According to findings in the Rystad Energy study, what looked like a good business decision may have ended up causing significant negative impact on outcomes, should well productivity rates continue to rapidly decline. NWSC believes this indicates that the fundamental impact that proppants have on hydrocarbon flow and production are the single most significant factor.

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Last Week to Nominate for a Free Roof – Open to Travis County Residents

AUSTIN, Texas -- Austin Roofing and Construction has been giving away free roofs since 2015. Roofing damage does not discriminate and we have had some bad storms this year.

If you know a homeowner who has found themselves in dire straits and in need of a roof, or if that homeowner is you, please nominate at 512-629-4949 or

Nominations are being taken through the month of June with the recipient being released on July 15, 2020. Work will be completed within the following few weeks. All nominations will receive consideration for their property's needs. Christine has already recommended 2 nominees to Rebuilding Together Austin which remodels the exterior and interior of homes, especially making them handicapped accessible.

This program is run by Cindy Spackman; it helps seniors, the disabled and veterans to stay in their homes. This amazing organization is just one of the partners that Austin Roofing has fostered to best assist our community in every way they can.

Tim was born in Texas, he found Christine in Colorado and in 2012 they moved to Austin with their 2 sons. Austin Roofing and Construction started in their South Austin master bedroom in 2013. Tim comes from a construction background where Christine was trained in hospitality. Combining their training produced a company with strong professional knowledge delivered with world class customer service.

Texas style they decided to set the bar high, aiming to change the industry, and to be the kind of contractor you actually want to call. Creating a culture that provides great experiences for clients & also for their teams, they believe in paid time off & benefits, items almost unheard of for a residential roofing salesperson. World class customer service experiences start with a work culture that cares for its team.

World Class Customer Service Experiences Start with a Work Culture that Cares for Its Team

Tim & Christine found a passion in helping to house the homeless in Austin through a partnership with Community First! Village, a small-house community in East Austin, for the formerly homeless. They gave back over $35K in 2019, donating 11 metal roofs in the new construction phase which is building 300 more small houses for the future "formerly homeless" over the next few years.

"Helping some of our most vulnerable citizens create a new life with purpose and meaning makes our everyday work worthwhile," said Tim Bowen, President of Austin Roofing and Construction.

If you do own your home you know that home-life can be pretty peaceful, that is until something puts a hole in the roof. Home improvement needs can come out of seemingly nowhere, so to assist more broadly in these times, they have increased access to home improvement financing. They are able to fund the highest amount of financing requests due to funding scores as low as 500 with many lenders. These loans have interest rates as low as 4.99%, terms of 2 - 12 years and fund as fast as 24 hours. Keeping your home safe & secure while keeping the budget intact. Wanting everyone to have a healthy and safe place to shelter, especially right now.

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New Internet Radio Station Founded by ‘Dream Team’ of Radio Personalities

20-0625s2p-tncradio-live-696x522.jpg -- TNCRadio.LIVE announced today that some well-known radio personalities along with others have come together to help create a new Internet Radio and Mixed-media company focused on those who spend their day driving the streets of Houston.

TNCRadio.LIVE an Internet Radio station launching July 1, 2020, provides Houston TNC, delivery, repair service and other full-time drivers up-to-the-minute details they need to be safer, smarter, and more successful. They do this by providing accurate and timely traffic, weather, and emergency information along with driver-designed programming throughout the broadcast day.

Managing Partner, Tom Kelley said, "This team came together in a remarkable way. We have IT professionals, social media experts, and finance support all focused on the same goal. We are also excited that several radio personalities have joined the team. As a mixed-media information distribution company, we hope to disrupt the Houston Internet Radio market in a way that is positive for our listeners and our advertisers."

Kelley went on to discuss some of the on-air personalities who have joined the company as partners. Jim Kovacik, Vice President of Programming (formerly, 'Jimbo,' 97.9 The Box) has been a ratings leader in the Houston market for years. Author, on-air personality and mixed-media journalist, Shelley Johnson is the Vice President of Business Development. Additionally, Houstonians will recognize the strong and trusted voice of Vice President of Operations, Ron Samuels.

"Combined, that's nearly 100 years of broadcast experience right there. It is a real 'Dream Team' of radio broadcasters moving into the new world of Internet Radio and mixed-media communications. As the market moves to an Internet based format, these radio greats have kept up with the times and made the move as well," said Kelley.

Jim Kovacik, who also manages the station's strategic business relationships, announced the new station has developed partnerships with a variety of companies. "We have teamed with WAZE to power our Traffic Navigation Center. Plus, we are working closely with TranStar and other digital broadcasters to create a system that provides information and entertainment across multiple formats focused on our core audience."

Shelley Johnson said, "We are positioned to be a strong leader in the Houston Mixed-media advertising market. It is not like the old days at all. While our goal is to allow drivers to keep their 'eyes on the road and their ears on us,' much of our advertising and our information content is available on our app, videos, website, podcasts, and streaming. Our advantage is that we can bring real-time information across multiple platforms while concentrating on the health and safety of our drivers. This brings a level of security that they have not had in the past. It also gives our sponsors a place to deliver their message directly to those who need their goods and services."

Known for his powerful voice on several San Francisco and Houston area radio stations, Ron Samuels is no stranger to the Houston market. When asked about why such a well-known radio personality would jump into the world of Internet Radio at this point in his career, Samuels said, "My family keeps asking me when I plan to retire. I'm not sure that's in my nature. These guys have done their research and we are almost ready to launch. I am excited to be part of something that brings the power of Radio to the Digital age.

Our audience delivers people, car-parts, food, furniture, and groceries. Others drive from site-to-site doing repairs, etc. It won't be long before the professional drivers of Houston have a new favorite radio station."

TNCRadio.LIVE, scheduled to launch July 1, 2020, provides on-going weather, traffic, and emergency information to Houston area drivers. The station is privately owned. TNCRadio.LIVE is a DBA of IMSICO, LLC, a Texas Company and can be accessed via Alexa, a number of Internet Radio Directories or by visiting the company website.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Ambar Mendez, Director of Digital Marketing at 281-870-2700, or visit the website or email

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STRATAC Leadership named Co-VP of Communications for American Marketing Association – Austin Chapter

AUSTIN, Texas -- STRATAC Marketing's Virginia Case was elected Co-VP of Communications by the voting members of the American Marketing Association's Austin Chapter - a premier marketing collaborative in Austin, Texas.

"As a newcomer to the Austin area, I am eager to engage with my new colleagues and the tech scene. It was sad to leave the meetup groups in DC, but I am greatly impressed with the professionalism, creativity, and welcoming nature of the Austin marketing community. I can hardly wait to roll up my sleeves as we tackle helping marketers market," said Virginia Case.

As Co-VP of Communications, Virginia will be working alongside veteran AMA member Don Roedner. Together they will be working to formulate a strategic plan and help members shape marketing in the Austin community.

Virginia Case is the Chief Marketing Fixer and Brand Strategist of STRATAC Marketing, a company she founded in 2004. As a Nielson Norman Group Certified UXD Expert, Virginia thrives on delivering realistic marketing strategies and delivers relevant go to market collateral for her clients that are rooted in best practices and cutting edge psychological research. Virginia's experience includes serving businesses on the Fortune 500 as well as local and startup ventures in technology, healthcare, fintech, software as a service, and non profit sectors.

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STRATAC provides strategic advice, comprehensive research, and tactical marketing services for B2B and B2C clients in the technology space. We take a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to psychology as it pertains to Sales, Operations, Marketing, and Employee Engagement, which allows us to elevate businesses and help them go to market or return to market. As a User Experience Design (UXD) agency, we help our clients shape a positive perception of their brands while creating memorable, positive engagements for their customers. Learn more at

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Hampton Inn San Antonio-Northwoods Reopens June 15 – Centrally Located Hotel Anticipates Exciting Summer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The Hampton Inn San Antonio-Northwoods, located at 2127 Gold Canyon Drive San Antonio, Texas, announced Friday it will resume operations following the Coronavirus shutdown. The Hilton branded hotel will open its doors on Monday, June 15 and offer discounted room rates to travelers eager to explore the summer activities in San Antonio.

Located in the vicinity of Stone Oak near the intersection of Highway 281 and Loop 1604, this hotel provides easy access to Six Flags, Schlitterbahn, downtown San Antonio and the Riverwalk as well as the San Antonio International Airport.

Earlier this month, Hilton announced its new partnership with RB/Lysol and the Mayo Clinic to elevate hotel cleanliness in all Hilton hotels.

The Hilton CleanStay with Lysol program uses a trusted scientific approach to cleaning practices and product offerings. Guests can feel comfortable that their experience will provide high levels of cleanliness so they can focus on what is important - having fun in the Texas sun!

"We are thrilled to re-open our doors to kick off the summer season here in San Antonio," states hotel General Manager, Margie Cooper. "Providing a great experience to our guests remains our top priority."

About the Hampton Inn San Antonio Northwoods:

The Hampton Inn by Hilton San Antonio Northwoods is located near the intersection of Highway 281 and Loop 1604 in the Northwoods Shopping District near Stone Oak. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast, WI-FI, and parking daily as well as convenient access to all of San Antonio's best activities, restaurants, and landmarks.


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Texas Systems Group Named to ChannelE2E Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs: 2020 Edition

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Systems Group has been named to After Nines Inc.'s ChannelE2E Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs list and research ( for 2020. The annual list and research (hashtag: #Top100MSP) identify and honor the top 100 managed services providers (MSPs) in healthcare, legal, government, financial services, manufacturing and additional vertical markets.

The Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs rankings are based on ChannelE2E's Q4 2019 and January 2020 readership survey, and ChannelE2E's vertical market industry coverage. MSPs featured throughout the list and research leverage deep vertical market expertise to drive annual recurring revenues (ARR) in specific market segments.

This year's research revealed several key MSP market trends, including:

Honorees generated a combined $1.12 billion in vertical market annual recurring revenue (ARR) in 2019, up from $699.1 million in 2018. The surge involved organic growth combined with accelerating merger and acquisition (M&A) activity.

The most successful vertical market MSPs are zeroing in on financial services and healthcare, while MSPs in the legal and manufacturing sectors also showed particularly strong growth.

The Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs now manage more than 2.8 million users across their customer sites in 2019, up from 2.6 million in 2018.

MSPs consider their top vertical market technology partners to be Microsoft (56%), Dell Technologies (22%), Cisco Systems (21%), Datto (19%), ConnectWise (11%) and Ingram Micro (11%).

Texas Systems Group was ranked among the top vertical market MSPs in healthcare.

"Being included as one of ChannelE2E's Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs is a direct reflection of our team's ability to provide professional, secure, and Texas-friendly IT support to the healthcare industry," said David Doran, Texas System Group's Co-founder and CEO. "We have a phenomenal technical staff that goes above and beyond to successfully support our healthcare clients."

Texas Systems Group supports a wide range of healthcare organizations, from OB/GYN and other specialty practices to freestanding emergency centers and micro-hospitals. Their knowledge and expertise in managing such a vast variety of software, hardware, processes and service expectations has enabled them to specialize in the industry and be recognized as a leader among healthcare IT providers in Texas.

"After Nines Inc. congratulates Texas Systems Group on this honor," said Amy Katz, CEO of After Nines Inc. "Vertical market MSPs are uniquely positioned to assist their customers with automation, cybersecurity, e-commerce and business recovery services during this challenging time for the global economy."

The ChannelE2E Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs list and research are overseen by Content Czar Joe Panettieri (@JoePanettieri). Find the online list and associated report here:

About After Nines Inc.:

After Nines Inc. provides timeless IT guidance for strategic partners and IT security professionals across ChannelE2E ( and MSSP Alert ( ChannelE2E tracks every stage of the IT service provider journey - from entrepreneur to exit. MSSP Alert is the global voice for Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs).

For sponsorship information contact After Nines Inc. CEO Amy Katz,

For content and editorial questions contact After Nines Inc. Content Czar Joe Panettieri,

About Texas Systems Group:

Recognizing a dire need for organizations to have responsive, professional-grade IT support, David Doran and Andrew Lam founded Texas Systems Group in 2002 with a vision of delivering Texas friendly, honest and caring IT support to both small and midsize businesses and healthcare organizations.

By focusing on risk-reducing IT solutions and passionately supporting its clients, Texas Systems Group has earned the trust of hundreds of organizations across Texas and throughout the United States.

For more information on healthcare IT services, visit

Texas Systems Group, 2204 Forbes Drive, Suite 101, Austin, Texas 78754. Phone: 512.249-2000.

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Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute at Space Park granted Specific Use Permit

NASSAU BAY, Texas -- The City Council of Nassau Bay has granted the request for a Specific Use Permit to Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute at Space Park by unanimous vote on Monday evening.

Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute (formerly known as Transitional Learning Center) is a respected leader in brain injury rehabilitation. Since opening the Galveston location in 1982, treating acquired traumatic brain injury has been the sole focus. Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute emphasizes personalized care aimed at community re-entry and maximized quality of life. It currently operates two inpatient post-acute brain injury rehabilitation facilities in Galveston and Lubbock and also operates two long term care facilities for residents with brain injury: Tideway in Galveston and Westway in Lubbock.

The facility in Nassau Bay will be known as Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute at Space Park and will be approximately 60,000 square feet featuring state-of-the-art equipment, a large therapy gym, and outdoor therapy courtyard. Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute at Space Park facility will provide post-acute brain injury rehabilitation for up to 40 inpatients and will also offer outpatient rehabilitation. The facility will employ approximately 150 clinical, medical, residential and support staff. Services offered will include Assistive Technology & Robotics, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Community Integration, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Pathology, Therapeutic Recreation, and Neuropsychological Services/Counseling.

Site preparation is underway with groundbreaking in the near future and an anticipated grand opening in early 2022. Kirksey Architecture designed the new facility and the selection of a General Contractor is in process.

Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute provides personalized care to treat the unique challenges of brain injury with the singular purpose of achieving the best possible outcome for patients and their families.

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Kidventure to Open Texas Summer Programs

AUSTIN, Texas -- After much consultation with our health professionals including infectious disease doctors and pediatricians, with newly released Guidelines for Summer Camps from the Governor's Task Force, representatives from the CDC, and many families, Kidventure, one of the largest private summer camp organizations in Texas since 1994, has made the decision to open camp programs beginning June 1, 2020 at over 24 locations in Houston, Dallas, and Austin.

The decision involved a variety of questions and obvious concerns. Can we provide a program that will mitigate the spread of Covid-19? Do we have the infrastructure to provide for the guidelines set forth by the CDC and our State? Will camp provide for the greater good of our communities? And will camp, with all its new protocols and procedures actually be 'camp' for those that need it most?

Kidventure has operated summer camps in Texas since 1994. It uses the foundations of camp to help improve the lives of its campers, caring for the mental, social, and physical wellbeing of children.

Kidventure's President, Mike McDonell said, "Never has that need - camp - been more crucial for children than right now. We believe that camp affords children with a unique opportunity to grow in confidence, to provide for hope, to battle against fear, and thrive."

Kidventure will take 26 years of experience and combine that with guidelines and protocols designed to help slow the spread of Covid-19, create a camp physical environment that is cleaner, and will implement systems to keep small groups of campers as one, and limit the flow of larger groups together. In addition, Kidventure will prescreen all those entering campsites and plans to monitor the health and wellbeing of its campers and staff during the camp day.

McDonell added, "The guidelines are not designed to be fool-proof? But the mental health of our children and the economic viability of our families and communities is not either."

Together with health professionals, Kidventure will update guidelines and will make necessary changes when and where needed.

Camps Coordinator and Vice President, Michael Valka said, "We will do as we have always done, and work to do our best. We are certain your child's experience at camp will provide them with the opportunity to reunite with friends, to once again run free, and we are certain their time with us will be cause for happiness, joy, and fun."

Kidventure has created a comprehensive Summer Camp Handbook During COVID-19 that contains all the new guidelines recently presented by the State of Texas as well as many of their own.

Kidventure has also created information on its website to help assist parents and children with questions and information about Summer Day Camp 2020.

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Houston-Based RevSherpas LLC Announces New Strategic Consultancy for Small Business Owners

HOUSTON, Texas -- As many small businesses face uncertainty surrounding restructuring and are being forced into new operating paradigms like remote commerce, one consulting firm has launched to fill the desperate need of a revenue growth acceleration strategic advisor. As a new consulting and coaching agency, RevSherpas LLC aims to assist business owners by utilizing their deep experience in strategic customer relationship management ("CRM") and customer experience ("CX") transformation to deepen client loyalty and elevate business performance.

The Houston-based agency is now offering consultations and services through remote servicing via phone, video conferencing, and screen shares. Unlike other generalist consulting firms, all service offerings specialize in advancing the customer experience and CRM systems and processes for companies.

Founder Kevin Wessels leads the company with 10+ years of strategic sales and marketing consulting experience. His expertise focuses on accelerating revenue growth and optimizing cash flow for business owners via customer engagement strategies and tactics in client attraction, acquisition, retention, and reactivation. Proficient in Spanish, he is also uniquely qualified to serve a vast array of clients with unique customer bases.

"We specialize in helping business owners or sales and marketing executives overcome the myriad challenges currently presenting themselves during this COVID-19 epidemic," states company founder Kevin Wessels. "Our mission of being client-focused is something we stand by."

He adds, "Not a day goes by without small businesses closing and global brands adjusting their future quarterly - even annual earnings forecasts significantly down due to widespread supply chain disruptions and dampening customer demand. We have the tools in place to address these challenges head-on."

RevSherpas' goal is to support business owners and marketing executives who need to overcome the specific challenges presenting themselves in the wake of the current pandemic. They help their clients achieve the aforementioned benefits in order for their companies to be sustainable, adaptive and excel in a more remote environment.

About the Company:

RevSherpas LLC is a Houston, Texas-based boutique consulting agency focused on educating, empowering, and enabling small to mid-sized businesses to exponentially outperform in any economy, transform from industry laggards to leaders, and dominate their competition. The company's customer experience consulting and business elevation coaching services accelerate revenue growth and increase client retention for business owners, CMOs, and CIOs throughout the US, Canada, and Latin America.

For more information regarding RevSherpas, please contact Founder & Managing Director, Kevin Wessels directly at 1-800-569-1374 or via email at To learn more about the company and the remote consulting services being offered, please visit for more details.

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Ferrari’s Italian Villa Challenges You to Tell Them Your Best Restaurant Story

ADDISON, Texas -- A smile is the best medicine. With Coronavirus presenting new challenges every day, smiles are welcome. Fortunately, Ferrari's Italian Villa wants to celebrate your great dining memories to remind everyone of their favorite restaurants.

Share your best memory at any restaurant for a chance to win a free dinner at Ferrari's Italian Villa! They will even professionally illustrate your stories for you to keep no matter where you are.

Ferrari's reopened its doors in both locations Grapevine, and Addison on Monday May 18, 2020 following strict CDC guidelines.

"This isn't just about Ferrari's. So many incredible restaurants deserving praise should be celebrated. The restaurant industry has a lot of problems right now. We want to bring back great dining memories and encourage customers to step out to their favorite restaurants once again," says Gianni Secchi Marketing director. (Owners can read specific effective strategies Ferrari's is using to generate cashflow right now here.)

To get the ball rolling, Ferrari's will start with a story from the owner Francesco Secchi. He traveled all around the world, is loaded with hilarious, and wholesome stories. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John were on a first name basis with Francesco while he worked at Inigo Jones in London years ago. Stay tuned.

Get yourself a free personal memento, and chance to win a free dinner at Ferrari's Italian Villa! Post a picture of the restaurant with your best story there to either Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #FerrarisDiningChallenge. Challenge two people to compete in the challenge. They have 24 hours to respond! Make sure to tag/follow @FerrarisVilla on Twitter or Instagram. Ferri's will post your Illustrations/stories there. Include pictures of the people involved for a better illustration. Let's celebrate the restaurants we love. Pay them a visit when they open up!

If social media isn't for you, send the story and picture via email ( Rather not be mentioned? Ferrari's Italian Villa is happy to keep you anonymous on the post.

Sign up to their email list here to get awesome frequent promotions, occasionally can't miss offers one day via text, and showing how to cook their best dishes: Ferrari's takes time to make sure their emails are worthwhile.

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