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Plano, TX, United States, 2007/01/31 - Calleo Gourmet Coffees, Inc. and Kicks Coffee Cafe welcomes Ralph Stockemer to its Advisory Board.
Calleo Gourmet Coffees, Inc., a coffee retailer whose brand, Kicks Coffee Cafe, has been featured in BusinessWeek, USA Today and Fortune Magazine reported that Mr. Ralph Stockemer has joined the Company's Advisory Board. Mr. Stockemer will oversee the building of the Company's professional athlete marketing group as the company ramps up for its growth.
"Ralph offers an impressive background in operations and management and joins Calleo's Advisory team with hands-on leadership experience from past roles at a number of diversified companies," said Ken Johnson, President and CEO of Calleo Gourmet Coffees, Inc. "Ralph is very respected in the business community and his ability to interact with current and former NFL players will enhance our marketing efforts," added Johnson. "We look forward to Ralph's contributions and insight as Calleo, through its Kicks Coffee Cafe coffee retail locations enters its next stage of growth."
"I am excited to join Calleo Gourmet Coffees, Inc.'s advisory board at a time when the company is preparing for a year of record growth," commented Stockemer. Calleo along with its Kicks Coffee Cafes is at an exciting stage and based upon its current opportunities I believe I can contribute my talents and connections to assist the company in achieving its goals."
Ralph is currently a Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Prior to his work in the financial and real estate markets, Ralph played professional football in the National Football League as a running back with the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs. He also played college football at Baylor University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Education and Communications. Ralph remains active in the NFL Players Association, and credits his football career for teaching him what he calls the key to success as a CEO – "understanding the value of teamwork."
Ralph's charitable activities and personal interests are as well rounded as his career path. He has chaired fund raising drives for March of Dimes, volunteered for cold-water diving search & rescue efforts, visited veterans in the VA Hospital, and instructed students in canoeing, swimming and archery through the Kiwanis Club. Ralph's hobbies include scuba diving, Aikido, horseback riding, sporting clays and piano (lifetime member of the National Piano Playing Guild).
About Calleo Gourmet Coffees, Inc.
Calleo Gourmet Coffees, Inc. (kickscoffee.com) is a coffee retailer whose brand, Kicks Coffee Cafe, has been featured in BusinessWeek, USA Today, Fortune Magazine, and on MSNBC’s Today Show. Kicks Coffee Cafe focuses its efforts on providing customers with excellent service and authentic espresso drinks. All of the Kicks Coffee Cafes feature Free T-1 Wi-Fi services for its customers. In addition, most locations are equipped with five 42" plasma screens for viewing news and sports throughout the day and evening. For more information please visit the Kicks Coffee website.