PE-backed Kure appoints Shriver to board of directors

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Kure Corp, a provider of of vaporizing pens, e-juices, and related accessories, has named Anthony Kennedy Shriver to its board of directors. Shriver’s appointment became effective May 1. Shriver is the chairman and CEO of Best Buddies International. Kure is backed by Siskey Capital.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. and MIAMI, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — KURE Corp. (“KURE”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Kennedy Shriver to our KURE Board of Directors, effective May 1, 2015.

Mr. Shriver is the Chairman/CEO of Best Buddies® International, a nonprofit organization he founded in 1989. The organization is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. In addition, Best Buddies International engages participation programs in each of the 50 states in the U.S., and over 50 countries worldwide. Mr. Shriver, who graduated from Georgetown University, has been recognized for his work on behalf of Best Buddies International with diverse honorary degrees and worldwide recognition.

“I have personally known Anthony for over 40 years and am thrilled that he has joined the Board of Directors of KURE Corp. He will be an invaluable asset to the growth of the company as we continue to rapidly grow into a global brand and industry leader in the vape space,” says Martin Sumichrast, Board member of KURE Corp. and Vice Chairman and co-founder of Siskey Capital, LLC, the private equity firm based in Charlotte which has been the lead investor in KURE Corp.

“I am excited to work side by side with my childhood friend of 42 years, Martin Sumichrast, who has been a leader in building forward-thinking, quality and successful businesses throughout his career,” says Mr. Shriver. “I know KURE will work diligently to set a new standard of excellence in the vape market. I look forward to contributing my skills in whatever way possible.”

About KURE Corp. (
KURE Corp. (“KURE”) is a private company based in Charlotte, North Carolina that specializes in the global distribution of vaporizing pens, e-Juices, and related accessories. KURE’s primary products are its KURE-branded premium vaporizers and line of custom mixed, high end flavored e-Juices as well as 3rd party brands of advanced hardware and select eLiquids. KURE products will be available online and throughout its many store locations across the United States. KURE Vaporium™, KURE Society™, Kuriousity™, Kurators™ are all respective trademarks of KURE Corp.

KURE’s executives and principals are all seasoned business entrepreneurs with nearly 20 years of individual expertise in taking start-ups from initial incubation to profitability. KURE’s support staff has extensive product distribution and related industry experience. Its e-Juices can be purchased pre-bottled or freshly mixed by its staff of “Kurators”, well trained and experienced mixologists who can “blend” over 500,000 unique flavors from the KURE Juice On Tap™ bar. These KURE e-Juices are skillfully blended and served while customers shop, lounge and enjoy a selection of coffees, beverages, and snacks or simply vape and mingle with other like-minded enthusiasts.

About Siskey Capital, LLC (
Siskey Capital, LLC is a private merchant bank based in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the lead investor and financial partner to KURE Corp. The firm acts as financial partners in assisting emerging companies accomplish their near to long-term goals. Siskey Capital’s participation in any opportunity is primarily partnership driven, using its own capital, while providing extensive financial, structural, and growth and risk management expertise. Its founders and principals have over three decades of successful merchant banking, venture capital, international business and entrepreneurial backgrounds.