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tom mahlke- crunked up

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CEO/President, Solvi Brands, LLC

In 2003, Lil Jon and late beverage mogul Sidney Frank joined together
and formed one of the oddest business partnerships hip-hop had ever
seen. After Lil Jon completed a tour that was sponsored by Grey Goose
Vodka, Frank was drawn to Lil Jon’s candid stage performances and
approached him with the idea of creating a beverage. Although their
collaborative product, Crunk!!!, instantly became a top selling energy
drink in Atlanta, the company was lost in limbo after Frank died in
2006. Now with Tom Mahlke as the CEO and president of Solvi Brands,
LLC, Crunk!!! is looking to dethrone the top energy drinks in America.

“Crunk!!! Energy Drink is all about being free,” Mahlke says. “Hip-hop
is nationwide and our job is to catch up with the demand that we have
with consumers.” Crunk!!! plans to muscle into the elite top 10 energy
drinks sold in the U.S. through an experiential marketing strategy.

“We have a lot of events that will be on college campuses that will
coincide with the release of Lil Jon’s new album,” Mahlke says. “We
want to be everywhere so that people can know what we’re all about.”

For
Mahlke and the entire Solvi Brand, Crunk!!! Energy Drink is more than a
beverage. “The movement is about self-expression, freedom, and
connecting with your individuality,” he says. “It’s about coming out
and not being tied to anything. You have to feel free to be who you
are.” -amir shaw

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