Texas Business Awards 2022

TEXAS BUSINESS New World Repor t 2022 Awards www.thenewworldreport.com Featuring: REEP is an expert in all things property equity. With outstanding process development, methodologies, and attitudes towards investments that create actionable plans that keep the clients’ wishes at the very forefront of the proceedings, REEP works hard to be the best of the best. Having set itself apart from its peers with its consistent and well managed involvement in the entire equity process from beginning to end, its service of the Lone Star State has earned it accreditation as firm that is effective, dependable, and client focused. REEP: Best Multi-Family Investment Management Firm - Southern USA

2 | Texas Business Awards 2022 About Texas Business Awards 2022 The Texas Business Awards seeks to honor the efforts of the most successful and dedicated businesses found in the Lone-Star State! Boasting a diverse array of industries, a stable business climate, and an exemplary workforce, Texas remains one of the best places to do business today. Therefore, it is our pleasure to introduce the Texas Business Awards and recognize those who are considered to be the driving force behind the states robust business economy, plus the individuals who constantly prove their dedication towards their business and continually exceed expectations. Sif Brookes, Senior Editor Website: www.thenewworldreport.com AI Global Media, Ltd. (AI) takes reasonable measures to ensure the quality of the information on this web site. However, AI will not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness or completeness of any information that is available through this web site. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. The information available through the website and our partner publications is for your general information and use and is not intended to address any particular finance or investment requirements. In particular, the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us or any of our partner publications and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making or refraining frommaking any investment or financial decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangement made between you and any third party named in the site is at your sole risk and responsibility.

Texas Business Awards 2022 | 3 4. REEP: Best Multi-Family Investment Management Firm - Southern USA 5. Amerant Bank: Best Community Bank 2022 6. Pulse Performance: Best Tech-Enhanced Fitness Business 2022 Contents

4 | Texas Business Awards 2022 REEP is an expert in all things property equity. With outstanding process development, methodologies, and attitudes towards investments that create actionable plans that keep the clients’ wishes at the very forefront of the proceedings, REEP works hard to be the best of the best. Having set itself apart from its peers with its consistent and well managed involvement in the entire equity process from beginning to end, its service of the Lone Star State has earned it accreditation as firm that is effective, dependable, and client focused. s a vertically integrated, multifamily, and highly trusted investments company operating out of San Antonio, Texas, REEP has made a name for itself with its outstanding customer service and exceptional results. Moreover, REEP – Real Estate Equity Partners – has been developing this reputation since 2012 by gaining the favour of its market segment one happy customer at a time, serving them with the acquisition of under-performing, income-producing, multifamily investment opportunities in Texas. This having been achieved, REEP then goes on to work together with its sister company REEP management to purchase, manage, and improve the relevant assets held therein, providing benefits to investors and tenants both. In 2021, REEP rung in the year with the buying, selling, and management of over 4,200 units, taking 8 properties to full cycle. Thus, does an exemplary job of ‘show don’t tell’ when it comes to displaying its incredible acumen in property equity, inviting clients to simply look through the evidence of its past work in order to see what about it has endeared it so to its industry. Its portfolio now consists of over 2,575 units, cumulatively worth over $350 million and benefitting from REEP’s rapid growth in terms of both scale and success, having been named one of San Antonio’s fastest growing companies for the past three consecutive years. Nominally, with a goal of allowing clients to reap what they sow – mirrored by the name of the company being REEP – this business has been able to make partners of its clients. This partnership results in strong client-business bond, and is emboldened by vertical integration, allowing the equity team to vet each investment for its individual challenges and opportunities before putting together an action plan with the management team. Thus, it has become the exemplary firm it is today by keeping a level head on its shoulders and working with actionable goals in mind, producing business plans that are effective and well communicated, ready to execute from the first day of ownership. Whether a client is at the stage of working with its equity team, asset management team, or property management teams, each section of this company works together to create perfect synergy, resulting in comprehensive property strategies and day 1 improvements, getting involved throughout the entire process to enable holistic results. This, in short, is what sets it apart from its peers. Involving itself in every stage makes it the perfect answer to strong, thriving markets with underperforming apartment communities, and being based in Texas, it is proud to say that this has been tailored with the Lone Star State in mind; proud to serve the region’s thriving economy, population boom, and job market growth, it finds strong metrics in Texas year after year. Excited to help many more clients in the future to benefit from such metrics, its record portfolio and employee growth is forecasted to continue long into the future, and it looks forward an Anniversary celebration rebrand from REEP Equity and Management respectively to a combined REEP residential moniker. Company: REEP Contact: Christy Miller Website: reepequity.com May22523 Best Multi-Family Investment Management Firm - Southern USA A

5 | Texas Business Awards 2022 May22204 Best Community Bank 2022 Although not a formally Texas based company, Amerant Bank has been acting in Houston for over 20 years to become one of the foremost community banks in the region. With customer-first services and staff – all of whom are emboldened by well developed processes and the foremost in the latest technological developments – it has been able to situate itself in strategic areas where growth is constantly occurring, helping these trends to continue apace and growing as a business in turn. merant Bank, the largest community bank in the North American region, has made its headquarters in Florida, and its presence known worldwide. As the main subsidiary of Amerant Bancorp Incorporated, its presence in Southern Florida and Tampa Bay – as well as Houston over in Texas – has allowed it to continue its growth in the service of its market segment for over 40 years, both domestically and abroad. Following the driving principle that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, it brings together Amerant Investments and Amerant Mortgage under the roof of Amerant Bank, rooting itself deep in the communities it serves and supporting numerous non-profit, charitable, and arts organisations in the process. This has allowed it to become a pivotal part of the social infrastructure in its home state and further afield. Nominally, its efforts go towards creating the most seamless, convenient, and personalised banking experience possible for its clients. Since the start of 2021, Amerant Bank has also pushed for further innovation in the technological elements of its business so that it may serve its clients with increased convenience and prowess; this has resulted in partnerships with a variety of outstanding FinTech organisations such as Marstone and Numerated, enhancing the user intuitive nature of its work. With such an in-depth dedication to client satisfaction, it is easy to see how its digital offerings and personal relationship development has thrust it to the head of the pack. Critically, it maintains its status as a community bank by keeping up with the community. After all, with the world and the people in it constantly growing and evolving, it knows it must be the same in order to keep up, and has executive employees on a variety of community organisational boards, with the entire team in the macro scale forging the client-first ethos upon which Amerant Bank has been built. With a diverse, dedicated, and friendly team, the ‘I Belong’ initiative ensures that the people behind the business are happy so that they can make the customers happy. Its ambassadors of all ages, nationalities, genders, races, and tenure take on pivotal roles within various teams and company structures, and its Houston branch is proud to serve as a critical cornerstone of the Houston banking community, forging a mutually beneficial relationship between the citizens and the bank. As it continues making its way across the US proper as well as in Houston, one of the country’s most diverse and dynamic cities, Amerant Bank looks forward to further growth and development through the development of its relationships with clients and peers alike. Company: Amerant Bank Contact: Victoria Verdeja Website: amerantbank.com A

Texas Business Awards 2022 | 6 Founded in 2021 in Austin, TX, Pulse Performance is an innovative fitness experience that offers full body workouts with technology-enhanced exercises. Having recently announced its nationwide franchising opportunities, the business is looking to identify qualified prospective franchisees as it brings EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) training to the forefront of health and wellness. ulse Performance is revolutionizing the fitness industry with a model that combines science-backed and result-driven fitness technology with a successful membership model. The mission is to unlock your potential through technology-enhanced fitness programs that are quick, convenient, and impactful. Chief Energy Officer, JD Busch says, “No matter the fitness level, in 20 minutes, we aim to positively impact lives and allow everybody to live life to their fittest and fullest.” The business’ white glove client experience consists of personalized training and weekly consulting to ensure clients reach their goals. Because of this, Pulse Performance has seen a 98% retention rate with its clients and interestingly enough, its clients come in for an array of reasons, whether they’re simply looking to ease into fitness, explore new avenues to achieve their ultimate fitness goals, or use EMS as a physical therapy tool. Pulse Performance’s offering is like no other: EMS technology combined with a comprehensive holistic style of nutritional guidance, 3D body scans, EMS sculpt, infrared therapy, and personalized EMS workouts allow guests to achieve their body’s full potential. Indeed, it is the only company offering this wide range of innovative fitness programs to give its clients the optimal fitness regimen. This coupled with high levels of customer service makes Pulse Performance incomparable. This is all thanks to the company’s unmatched culture, which JD says is a top priority “as you can’t build a business on your own.” He continues, “Finding teammembers that support your dreams and overall vision is a rare thing, making it critical to retain those who do.” “At Pulse Performance, we make it a priority to lead by example and set the tone for the rest of our employees. We are in this together, and we will succeed together. Ultimately, we want our employees to know that we are as invested in them as they are in us.” Establishing that mutual relationship and respect can truly impact a business’ growth and success as a brand, and by showing employees that there is an opportunity to grow within the company helps to establish a positive work environment and culture. JD says, “Having a team that is as passionate about Pulse Performance as we are ensures that we not only have the best team, but that we have the best possible customer service. We aim to positively impact our clients’ lives, and having a team that embodies passion and looks to help people allows us to do this.” Pulse Performance seeks to attract the best talent by having its company culture embraced and exhibited throughout and at all levels of the team; a positive work environment, exciting and cutting-edge technologies, loyal clients, measurable results, competitive pay, and the ability to excel and move up within the company. It only hires those who have a true passion for what the company does and who can help it to do even better, while helping each individual to reach their ultimate professional goals. To accomplish this, the business has a multi-level interview process which includes candidate surveys, behavioural assessments, and more. Representing the fitness industry in Texas with its awards success, Pulse Performance sees a lot of benefits to its location including low tax burdens, simple state regulations, and strong growth in metropolitan areas such as Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Most importantly, Texas provides diverse and supportive business communities, as JD goes on to say, “With so many businesses and start-ups in Texas, there’s a strong sense of community for those just starting their own small business, which makes a world of difference. Considering this, I wouldn’t have chosen any other place to introduce the Pulse Performance concept. The diversity we have in Austin has allowed not only to introduce a unique and unheard of approach to fitness to the community, but really determine who our client base is. “Utilizing EMS, Pulse Performance has appealed to so many demographics of people including those just entering the fitness scene, athletes, and even those looking for help with physical recovery. I believe that had it not been for Austin, we wouldn’t fully understand the reach and impact we have on our community, allowing us to simultaneously learn and grow.” Indeed, Pulse Performance is a highly ambitious and successful business clearly highly deserving of being named Best Tech-Enhanced Fitness Business 2022. It now has its sights set on the future where it anticipates having 50 Pulse Performance studios opened and in development by the end of 2023, with an additional 100 by the end of 2024. Within five years, Pulse Performance will be in every major market nationwide as well as have studios internationally. And we are truly rooting for it. Company: Pulse Performance Contact: JD Busch Email: [email protected] Website: https://pulseperformancestudio.com/ Apr22669 Best Tech-Enhanced Fitness Business 2022 P

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