Circana Announces Intent to Acquire Golf Industry’s Leading Independent Market Research Firm, Golf Datatech

CHICAGO and KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Jan. 23, 2024 Circana™, formerly IRI and The NPD Group, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Golf Datatech, the golf industry’s leading independent market research firm. Golf Datatech tracks and delivers insights into golf retail sales, inventory, pricing, distribution, and consumer behavior across the U.S., U.K., Sweden, France, and Germany. Golf Datatech’s highly complementary, valuable data assets and talented team of industry experts will augment Circana’s existing sports tracking expertise and insights, broadening Circana’s coverage of the U.S. golf market to include all major channels of retail sales, including golf specialty, green grass shops, mass retailers, sporting goods, and e-commerce.

“We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with Golf Datatech to expand Circana’s sports tracking business with deeper insights into the golf market,” said Kirk Perry, president and chief executive officer of Circana. “Golf Datatech’s market leadership, combined with Circana’s existing capabilities, will provide clients with a more comprehensive view of the market and unmatched insights to drive their growth. This acquisition supports our strategy of providing clients with a complete view of the customer, store, and wallet across categories and geographies.”

Tom Stine, a founder and one of the three principal partners at Golf Datatech, said, “We are pleased and excited to join the talented team at Circana, advancing a shared vision of accurate and timely insights that empower companies to make informed decisions. When Golf Datatech was founded in 1995, there was very little on-/off-course data available. Over the last nearly 30 years, we have carved out a unique place in the global golf industry providing unbiased insights, and we look forward to bringing our expertise and proven track record of success to Circana to be able to offer more valuable insights and solutions to clients around the world.”

The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed by March 2024. Under the terms of the agreement, Golf Datatech will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Circana. Circana plans to integrate Golf Datatech’s data assets into their leading Liquid Data® technology platform.

Tech24 Partners with Total Tech Corporation

GREENVILLE, SC, January 15, 2024Tech24, a national industry leader in commercial foodservice equipment repair and maintenance, has partnered with Total Tech Corporation, a regional leader in commercial kitchen equipment, refrigeration, and HVAC repair.

Based in Silverdale, Pennsylvania, Total Tech Corporation primarily serves restaurants across the Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania, and the entire Tri-State area, including New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Delaware. Total Tech Corporation offers installation and repairs to all makes of commercial foodservice, refrigeration, HVAC, and plumbing equipment.

“We continue to invest in the Northeast region and believe Total Tech Corporation brings a wide range of capabilities to better serve our shared customers across several important Northeast markets,” said Tech24’s CEO, Dan Rodstrom. “We are excited to welcome Total Tech Corporation into the Tech24 family.”

“I am excited as we embark on this new chapter, said Larry Gray, President of Total Tech Corporation. “We are filled with enthusiasm about the prospects that lie ahead. Combining our resources, expertise, and support to further our commitment to our employees, innovation, and customer satisfaction. By joining forces with Tech24, we are confident that we will be able to expand our capabilities, reach new markets, and deliver even greater value to our customers.”

360training Acquires Mortgage Educators and Compliance -- Expanding Expertise in Real Estate and Mortgage Lending

AUSTIN, TexasJan. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ --, Inc. (360), a prominent online regulated training provider specializing in financial services education, has successfully acquired Mortgage Educators and Compliance (MEC), a leading mortgage lending training company. This strategic move aims to bolster 360's comprehensive offerings in the financial services sector and further solidify its position as a frontrunner in providing top-tier educational resources for professionals in the industry.

360's CEO, Tom Anderson, expressed enthusiasm about the acquisition, stating, "We are thrilled to welcome MEC into the 360training family. This collaboration allows us to broaden our educational portfolio and provide an even more comprehensive suite of specialized training programs tailored to meet the evolving needs of financial services professionals."

This acquisition represents a significant milestone for 360, marking a dedicated commitment to enhancing the quality and scope of education available to financial services professionals, specifically within real estate and mortgage, in the United States. The union between 360 and MEC leverages the strengths of both entities, combining their expertise, resources, and experience to offer an unparalleled array of training programs and resources.

"With the acquisition of MEC, we underscore our dedication to pioneering online education tailored specifically for the lending industry. This integration bolsters our comprehensive training solutions, enriching our offerings for professionals navigating the complexities of financial services. By combining expertise and resources, we aim to elevate our ability to equip individuals and businesses within the lending sector with specialized knowledge and tools, empowering them to navigate the intricate landscape of financial services with confidence and excellence." – Samantha Montalbano, COO of 360training

With this acquisition, 360 is set to expand its course catalog, incorporating a diverse range of mortgage lending training modules, covering crucial topics such as lending regulations, underwriting practices, loan origination, and more. These offerings will equip professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate the dynamic landscape of the mortgage industry successfully.

About Mortgage Educators & Compliance
As a leader and recognized brand for over 14 years, Mortgage Educators & Compliance (MEC) is headquartered in American Fork, UT. MEC has been approved by the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) since 2009, teaching tens of thousands of students nationwide every year. As a leading CE provider, MEC specializes in online mortgage and financial services professional development, offering state-approved continuing education for Mortgage Loan Originators so they can provide services in the communities they serve. Their highly-rated course curriculum is maintained by national industry experts with years of experience in their fields. These courses are structured to provide learners with a top-tier education in a format that's both convenient and adaptable to their schedule.

Beyond delivering high-quality content, they provide comprehensive access to state licensing regulations and keep learners updated with the latest industry insights, ensuring a well-rounded educational experience.

About 360training
Established in 1997,, Inc. is a trusted leader specializing in comprehensive online training solutions for individuals and businesses across various industries, including financial services, real estate, healthcare, and environmental health and safety. With innovative technology and a commitment to quality education, they offer accredited courses fostering safe and healthy communities. 360 has delivered over 11 million training plans across multiple brands, including MeditecAgentCampusVanEdOSHAcampusOSHA.comHard Hat TrainingAdvanceOnline SolutionsACLSHIPAA ExamsTIPS, and Learn2Serve. Please visit or our social media accounts on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn to learn more.

Tech24 Partners with 1-2-3 Equipment Solutions

GREENVILLE, SC, January 9, 2024Tech24, a national industry leader in commercial foodservice equipment repair and maintenance, has partnered with 1-2-3 Equipment Solutions, a provider of commercial HVAC, refrigeration and kitchen equipment maintenance, service and installation.

Based in Chester, Virginia, 1-2-3 Equipment Solutions primarily serves restaurant and hospitality customers across Virginia and North Carolina by offering maintenance/repair and installation/replacement of HVAC, refrigeration, and hot-side kitchen equipment. The company also provides temporary cold storage solutions for planned maintenance and unplanned emergencies.

“1-2-3 Equipment Solutions takes care of its employees and customers, values we share at Tech24,” said Tech24 CEO, Dan Rodstrom. “We are excited to welcome 1-2-3 Equipment Solutions to our growing family of companies and look forward to working with Michael Hess and his team by investing in our employees and servicing our customers.”

“I am excited to join the Tech24 family and look forward to growing the 1-2-3 Equipment Solutions brand throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast region,” Michael Hess, President of 1-2-3 Equipment Solutions, added. “We have grown significantly in recent years, and I know Tech24 will provide access to the resources we need to supercharge that growth in the years to come while maintaining high-quality service for our partners. This is an exciting next step for the 1-2-3 Team, its Partners, and the history of our company. It’s going to be a fun ride!”

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Accanto Health Appoints Dr. Tom Britton as Chief Executive Officer

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Accanto Health, a national leader in eating disorder specialty care and behavioral health services, announced the appointment of veteran behavioral health executive Dr. Tom Britton as CEO this week. Accanto Health encompasses renowned brands: The Emily Program, Veritas Collaborative, and Gather Behavioral Health.

"As the awareness of eating disorders and the need for quality, compassionate care continues to grow, it's vital to have our next leader be someone who understands multi-site behavioral health care services and appreciates the unique needs of clients, families, and staff," said Dirk Miller, Executive Chair of Accanto Health and Founder of The Emily Program. "Tom's passion for behavioral health and his commitment to excellence in care and walking beside those we serve make him the right fit to lead us forward."

Britton expressed his excitement about joining Accanto Health, stating, “It is an incredible honor and privilege to join Accanto Health in the role of CEO. The merger of The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative as well as the launch of Gather Behavioral Health has provided individuals in this country living with eating disorders comprehensive access to care and the tools necessary to enjoy a life of recovery.”

With over 30 years in the behavioral health field, Britton’s extensive clinical and leadership history aligns with Accanto Health’s longstanding commitment to delivering compassionate, evidence-based clinical and business processes, contributing to a high standard of care and positive client experience across its expanding program offerings. Previously, Britton served as CEO of American Addiction Centers and as President and CEO of Gateway Foundation. His introduction to eating disorders occurred earlier in his career when he held operational leadership positions in the eating disorders division of CRC Health, now part of Acadia Healthcare.

On a personal level, he feels passionate about behavioral health in part due to his own experience with addiction and recovery. “I believe all people hold the innate potential to improve their life and the lives of those around them,” said Britton. “I will work tirelessly with the Accanto Team to grow and expand our vision of helping all in need. We are uniquely positioned to meet the evolving needs of those we serve.”

About Accanto Health
Accanto Health, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is a national healthcare company specializing in eating disorders and related disorders. The company includes leading eating disorder treatment brands: The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative, and a new outpatient group practice, Gather Behavioral Health. Recognizing that one size does not fit all, Accanto Health programs provide exceptional, individualized care for children, adolescents, and adults with eating disorders and other behavioral health conditions in a gender-diverse and inclusive environment. Services incorporate an array of individual, group, and family therapy, nutrition, psychiatry, medical care, yoga, education, and support services. The company offers services across a full continuum of care, including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient. If you or someone you know is struggling, call 888-364-5977 or visit