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Loyalty360 Reads: November 17 | Matthew McConaughey and Wild Turkey Honor Local Legends, Home Depot

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Matthew McConaughey And Wild Turkey Honor Local Legends Through Annual "With Thanks" Partnership
As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of our country, everyday heroes stepped up in a significant way to support family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. These "Local Legends" have provided unity, comfort, nourishment and relief during these unprecedented health and economic challenges. Matthew McConaughey and Wild Turkey give thanks and celebrate four selfless individuals from Austin, Chicago, Dallas, and New Orleans who've demonstrated unwavering conviction in serving their communities.

These small but profound heroic acts were recognized, as part of the Bourbon brand's "With Thanks" annual global give back campaign. Wild Turkey Creative Director McConaughey surprised these "Local Legends" with a virtual chat and rewarded them with a personalized token of appreciation to thank them for their efforts.
"The pandemic has affected all of us, so it felt more important than ever to recognize the unsung heroes who have consistently and steadfastly supported their neighbors and their communities," says McConaughey.
The Home Depot Announces Agreement to Acquire HD Supply Holdings
The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire HD Supply Holdings, Inc., a leading national distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products in the multifamily and hospitality end markets. The acquisition is expected to position The Home Depot as a premier provider in the MRO marketplace.

"The MRO customer is highly valued by The Home Depot, and this acquisition will position the company to accelerate sales growth by better serving both existing and new customers in a highly fragmented $55 billion marketplace," says Craig Menear, chairman and CEO of The Home Depot. "HD Supply complements our existing MRO business with a robust product offering and value-added service capabilities, an experienced salesforce that enhances the strong team we have in place, as well as an extensive, MRO-specific distribution network throughout the U.S. and Canada."
Birdcall Introduces Ball Aluminum Cup to Cut Down on Plastic Cups
In an effort to reduce reliance on single-use plastic cups, Birdcall — a fast-casual restaurant concept serving award-winning, all-natural crispy chicken sandwiches and fresh, nutritious salads — is partnering with Ball Corporation to launch their infinitely recyclable Ball Aluminum Cup™. Birdcall joins the sustainable cup program alongside Ball Arena in Downtown Denver.

"Birdcall is committed to pushing ourselves to constantly think about sustainability," says Peter Newlin, chief executive officer of Birdcall. "We couldn't be more excited about the change Ball is making to sustainability and we are excited to join them in their incredible mission to offer an alternative to plastic cups with the goal of achieving 100% aluminum beverage packaging in our restaurants in 2021."
IHG to debut Voco brand in Qatar
Intercontinental Hotels Group has announced plans for its first Voco property in Qatar. The existing Rabban Suites West Bay Doha (which previously operated as a Fraser Suites) will be rebranded as the Voco Doha West Bay Suites in the first quarter of 2021, and will join Voco Dubai, Voco Riyadh and Voco Al Khobar as the four property under the brand in the Middle East.

The 396-room hotel is located in Qatar’s West Bay district, around ten minutes’ walk from Doha City Centre Mall, and features an outdoor swimming pool, spa facilities, all day dining restaurant, shisha lounge, three meetings rooms and a 35th floor club lounge.
Employers Should Create Mentorship Programs If They Want More Diverse Students
Steven Rothberg from ColleRecruiter.com says he recently asked a number of career experts to share some of their wisdom with College Recruiter and, therefore, employers of students and recent graduates who are searching for part-time, seasonal, internship, and entry-level jobs. The question that he had was around how employers can increase the number of diverse students and recent graduates they hire, as many of them are really struggling with tactics and strategies for doing so successfully.

Rothberg says he was really happy to hear back from mentorship program expert Patty Alper,  the author of Teach to Work: How a Mentor, a Mentee and a Project Can Close the Skills Gap in America. She is also president of the Alper Portfolio Group, a marketing and consulting company, and is a board member of both the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and US2020, the White House initiative to build mentorship in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.

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