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PORTFOLIO COMPANY “CAR WASH OWNERS NETWORK” PARTNERS WITH “OKIE EXPRESS AUTO WASH”

Baltimore, MD – Car Wash Owners Network (CWON), a portfolio company of Baltimore-based Access Holdings, today announced it has closed its investment in Okie Express Auto Wash, the largest car wash operator in the Oklahoma City market. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 2008, Okie owns and operates 11 premier express car wash locations known across Oklahoma City for their superior customer service, convenient locations, exceptional wash quality and speed. Okie washes more than one million cars annually and supports multiple local charities.

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Regency’s Rapid Growth and Expansion Continues

Baltimore, MD – Regency Pet LLC announces today its new partnership with Hinsdale Pet Memorial Services, the premier pet aftercare services provider in the Midwest.

This expansion includes Hinsdale Animal Cemetery and Pet Crematory in Willowbrook, Illinois, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens in Kansas City, Missouri and Loving Hearts Pet Memorial Services in Eureka, Missouri.

Regency continues to expand its service delivery across the United States, with providers in the Northeast, South, Midwest and Western United States.

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Access Holdings Raises $340 Million for Inaugural Private Equity Fund, Exceeding Target by 36%

Baltimore, MD – Access Holdings, a Baltimore-based mid-market investment firm specializing in a purposeful buy-and-build investment approach, today announced the final close of its inaugural fund, raising $340 million from 15 institutional investors. This is one of the largest inaugural closed-end funds raised by a Mid-Atlantic private equity firm.

The fund, Access Holdings Fund I L.P., was oversubscribed and exceeded its target of $250 million by 36% despite difficult circumstances imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant drop in the number of first-time private equity funds closings.

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Access Holdings Press

The Wall Street Journal: The midmarket firm closed Access Holdings Fund I LP after spending years investing as an independent sponsor. Years spent investing in individual deals paid off for Access Holdings Management Co., which has raised $340 million for its first private-equity fund. The final tally for Access Holdings Fund I LP exceeded the Baltimore-based investment firm’s $250 million goal in a particularly challenging market for first-time funds.

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What does it mean to be "a leader”?

Scott Buttz and Courtney Lynch explore principles, experience and knowledge taught to leaders for more than two centuries in the US Marine Corps and applicable to anyone who desires to influence outcomes and inspire others.

Whether you are an experienced leader or an emerging or aspiring one, you will find yourself in this rich and passionate discussion of accountability, service, responsibility, humility, failure, trust, corruption, and the undeniable compass point of … Character.

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PlayFly Sports Press

Sports Business Daily : A group spearheaded by veteran media exec Michael Schreiber, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Access Holdings has acquired Outfront Media Sports, the collegiate multimedia rights holder for LSU, Maryland, Virginia and other schools.

Baltimore Business Journal: Schreiber, the founder, will become CEO of a new full-service sports marketing agency, Playfly Sports, and Outfront's college and high school rights holder business will be rebranded to Playfly Sports Properties.

Billboard Insider: OUTFRONT Media Inc. (OUT) announced today that it has completed the sale of its Sports Marketing operating segment to Playfly Sports (Playfly,LLC). The Sports Marketing operating segment is the marketing and multimedia rights holder for a variety of colleges, universities and other educational institutions across the United States.

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Playfly Sports Emerges as New Player in College Sports Multi-Media Rights Game with Acquisition of OutFront Media Sports

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.

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Regency Relief

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.

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Foundation Partners Group Mobilizes Supplies, Equipment and Personnel to Prepare for Surge in Coronavirus Deaths

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.

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Kuvare Completes Acquisition of Lincoln Benefit Life Company

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.

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ACCESS INSIGHTS

FINDING TOP TALENT THROUGH BEHAVIOR-BASED INTERVIEWING

HOW TO ENSURE YOU ARE HIRING THE RIGHT CANDIDATES FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION

Access Holdings Partner, Steve Chang, sat down with Human Capital Expert and Advisor Kim Powell to discuss behavior based interviewing and how hiring has changed since the onset of COVID-19.

In this Q&A, you will find resources and guidance on what questions to ask to get the most out of your interviews and other key considerations when hiring.

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DRIVING GROWTH THROUGH PURPOSEFUL AND SYSTEMATIC M&A

SO WHAT DOES PURPOSEFUL AND SYSTEMATIC M&A ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE?

In order to achieve consistent growth through Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), a successful company systematically identifies and pursues opportunities with purpose.

In practice this means following a disciplined process of actively pursuing opportunities that align with a clearly defined growth strategy.

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