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CHARLOTTE TOUCHDOWN CLUB Announces New Partnership with Capital Group of Companies and America’s Patriotic Dealerships for National Defender of the Nation Award The Defender of the Nation Award Celebrates the Nation’s Military Academies and Institutions based on Leadership Excellence!

Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 22, 2021) – The Charlotte Touchdown Club today announced a major new partnership for The Defender of the Nation Award, which is presented annually at the Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet.

“Thanks to the generous support of Capital Group of Companies and America’s Patriotic Dealerships, the Charlotte Touchdown Club looks forward to continuing its presentation of The Defender of the Nation Award,” said John Rocco Executive Director of the Charlotte Touchdown Club. “This award celebrates our nation’s military academies and their outstanding graduates who do so much to protect our freedom.”

The purpose of the award is to honor a defensive football player from one of the Nation’s Service Academies and Senior Military Colleges including: Air Force Academy, The Citadel, Coast Guard Academy, Naval Academy, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, VMI, and West Point. The recipient is selected based on academic, athletic and community achievements, but most importantly on exceptional leadership qualities on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. The recipient must also exhibit a high standard of integrity by leading through example.

“We’re extremely proud to sponsor The Defender of the Nation Award in conjunction with the Charlotte Touchdown Club,” said Rick Hughes, President & CEO of Capital Group of Companies. “We cannot think of a better way to give back than to honor those men and women that go above and beyond every day to assure our nation remains the land of the free. All gave some, some gave all. We are just giving some.”

The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region. The club’s activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. Since 1990, the club has raised and donated nearly $3 million to benefit area high school and collegiate athletics. For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.com). The official website of the Charlotte Touchdown Club is touchdownclub.com.

About Capital Group of Companies and America’s Patriotic Dealerships

Rick Hughes has a successful 42-year track record in the automotive and finance and insurance industry. Rick worked with Sonic Automotive on setting up their F&I Program, with NCADA to form and market their NC Life program and industry-leading programs to increase dealer revenue. Prior to starting Capital Automotive, Rick was the Director of Business Development for one of the world’s largest automotive finance product and service companies. Rick coordinated various international field forces, presented at BSF and CEO Ninety, and personally developed hundreds of successful dealership personnel. As CEO of the Capital Companies, he created Flex-Pro, a patented program which allows additional income stream coupled with products, insurance and reinsurance administrative services. The Capital Companies refers to four unique companies: Capital Benefits Group—Structures custom benefit options based on your business needs, Capital Automotive—Gives dealerships the edge they need to meet and exceed their goals, Capital Processing Systems—Provides state-of-the-art products, administration, insurance and reinsurance services to complement dealership and shareholder financial goals, and Data Dot Dealer Services—Least expensive, most effective theft deterrent ever created. We are a group of companies that work together to help dealers capitalize on their investments. We keep our clients in the game and moving toward the goal line through our consumer and client centric products and administrative services.

About Veterans Bridge Home
Veterans Bridge Home connects Veterans and their families, in any state of transition, to the community. Through our network of partners, we help Veterans navigate employment, create social connections, and settle their families. We look at the whole Veteran and connect them to the resources needed to be successful and thriving leaders in our community. Veterans Bridge Home serves as an entry point for Veterans who don’t know where to turn to access support and services. Because Veterans return home to a civilian community and not to federal agencies or bureaucracies, each community must reach out and actively assist in the reintegration process alongside federal agencies such as the Veterans Administration. The Carolinas have the opportunity and privilege to help bring our nation’s warriors and their families home with the same energy and commitment that our Veterans have displayed in serving our nation. In so doing, ours will serve as a leader to inform other communities that wish to create more welcoming and livable communities for returning Veterans and their families.

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