Graduate of Foundry Ministries’ Recovery Program Mentors Others

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The Foundry


As the head of Bravo Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama, Ramon Arias operates a network of franchise restaurants. Outside of working for Bravo Corporation, Ramon Arias is also an active member of his Birmingham, Alabama community, where he volunteers with the Foundry Ministries. His volunteer work helps to ensure job readiness and proper interview skills among at-risk community members.

Dedicated to their motto “Rescue. Recovery. Reentry,” Foundry Ministries enables people battling addiction and other challenges to find Christ-centered ways to success in life. The organization’s website features a member of the Recovery Program’s first graduating class. Battling alcoholism and depression, Tony was released from the hospital following a suicide attempt in the mid-1990s and turned to faith to help him create a more positive life.

After completing the program in 1997, Tony took a position with the organization’s Fairfield, Alabama, thrift store and, like many program graduates, began his career. Continuing in his position as store manager to this day, Tony mentors new program graduates as someone who has been clean and sober for two decades.


NASL and USL Under Provisional Division II Status

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American Soccer League (NASL)



Ramon Arias is president of Bravo Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama. The successful pizza franchise employs more than 800 people and was voted Franchise of the Year in Alabama in 2009. When he is not overseeing operations, Ramon Arias enjoys watching soccer, a hobby that grew out of his family’s involvement with the game.

On January 6, 2017, the United States Soccer (USS) Board of Directors granted the North American Soccer League (NASL) and the United Soccer League (USL) provisional Division II status for the 2017 season. Qualifying for Division II status allows the teams to play for a spot in the Division I lineup, more commonly known as Major League Soccer. Division I requires greater commitment and year-long practices.

Although the NASL and USL met some of the requirements, they are both still under provisional status until they meet additional criteria designated by the USS board. During this period, an internal committee of the USS will work with the NASL and USL to help them achieve full Division II status.

United States Soccer President Sunil Gulati said this process allows for the larger goal of providing a sustainable future for soccer in the United States. He also added that the league looks forward to another productive year for professional soccer in this country.

The USL and NASL extended their gratitude through USL CEO Alec Papadakis and North Carolina FC owner Steve Malik. Both leagues are open to the process and excited to begin playing in the spring.

Feeding America Provides Meals for Children in Alabama

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Feeding America


Leading over 800 employees, Ramon Arias serves as president of Bravo Corporation, a flourishing pizza franchise headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Ramon Arias is also involved in charitable undertakings and has donated more than 300,000 meals to food banks in his locality through the Feeding America initiative in Alabama.

The largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country, Feeding America sources food donation from national food manufacturers, growers, packers, government agencies, retailers, and others, and then transports donated food and other items to member food banks. Over 4 billion meals were served last year to over 46 million people in need in a country that, ironically, annually wastes food measured in the billions of pounds.

In the state of Alabama, 1 in 5 individuals struggle with hunger. The state is served by five Feeding America food banks, including the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama in Birmingham, which distributes over 10 million meals across 12 counties each year. The Central Alabama chapter also maintains programs such as the Weekenders Backpack Program, which delivers more than 16,000 meals per week to children via a backpack.

Crimson Tide Football – A Selection of the Best Players of All Time

Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama Crimson Tide


Restaurateur Ramon Arias lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama, where he leads the Bravo Corporation. Outside of his empire of pizza franchises, Ramon Arias is an enthusiastic fan of football in the Birmingham, Alabama area, and supports the Crimson Tide.

The Alabama Crimson Tide, dating back to 1892, has produced hundreds of the greatest athletes in American college football. Over the last 125 years, the program has produced 239 all-conference honorees and 119 first-team All-Americans. This wealth of talent includes the following, some of the greatest stars in Alabama history.

– Derrick Thomas. Perhaps the best linebacker of the 1990s, he held a wealth of school records, including for most career sacks and most sacks in a season. Thomas played for the Kansas City Chiefs after leaving Alabama.

– John Hannah. Sports Illustrated once called this All-American the “best offensive lineman of all time,” a designation disputed by few. He was picked fourth in the 1973 draft and played for the New England Patriots his entire professional career.

– Ozzie Newsome. Today, he is one of the best general managers in the game. At Alabama, he was likely the best tight end the school has seen to this day. His career at Alabama ended with 102 receptions and a record-breaking average of 20.3 yards gained per pass.

Three Things You Don’t Know About the 1959 Film Ben-Hur



Ramon Arias, Birmingham, Alabama business owner, is responsible for a thriving restaurant franchise under the Bravo Corporation. When he is not tending to his many restaurants, Ramon Arias enjoys watching historical films in his Birmingham, Alabama home. His favorite movie is the classic Ben-Hur.

The 1959 film Ben-Hur, starring Charleston Heston, was a highly popular film in its day, and widely considered to be a great classic in modern times. The story of the movie’s making is popular in Hollywood, but fans may not know the following unusual facts from the great film’s creation.

1. Director William Wyler did not want to take on the project at first, as he considered the script to be weak. He reconsidered partially because he wanted to one-up Hollywood nemesis Cecil B. DeMille, who had just finished the Ten Commandments, and partially because MGM offered him a record-breaking salary.

2. In the film, Jesus was portrayed by opera singer Claude Heater. Mr. Heater’s face was not shown, and he was not credited for his role, out of religious reverence.

3. The set for the iconic chariot race was the largest set in history at the time. It was a historically accurate duplicate of a real Roman stadium, which required 40,000 tons of white sand and covered 18 acres.

SECU Extends Dr. Pepper Education Abroad Awards to 28 Students


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Southeastern Conference (SEC)

President of Bravo Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama, since 2002, Ramon Arias manages more than 800 employees. A football and soccer enthusiast, Birmingham’s Ramon Arias has a keen interest in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

In 2005, the SEC established SECU, an academic initiative with a focus on study abroad. Recently, SECU announced the 2016-17 recipients of its Dr. Pepper Education Abroad Awards.

More than two dozen students from SEC universities, such as the University of Alabama and Mississippi State University, are being given the opportunity to study abroad in faculty-led programs during the 2016-17 academic school year, thanks to a large contribution from the Dr. Pepper company. To qualify for the award, students must demonstrate financial need and a commitment to academic success.

This year’s winners are studying in an array of countries, including Italy, France, Ghana, Jamaica, and South Korea. To learn more about SECU’s academic programs, visit the official website at

2016’s Ben-Hur Remake a Financial Failure



Ramon Arias serves as president of Bravo Corporation, a pizza franchise in Birmingham, Alabama, with over 800 employees. Outside of his professional life, one of Ramon Arias’ favorite movies is the 1959 classic, Ben-Hur.

Unfortunately for fans of the 1959 film, widely regarded as a masterpiece, the 2016 remake is on schedule to be the season’s biggest financial disappointment. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, 2016’s Ben-Hur was projected to be a success before its debut in mid-August. The movie had a massive $100 million budget, and that doesn’t even include marketing costs. As of early September 2016, Ben-Hur only grossed a meager $54.1 million, about half of its original budget. All in all, projected losses are predicted to hit $120 million, officially making Ben-Hur the least successful release of the 2016 blockbuster season.

Ben-Hur was originally a novel, written in 1880 by Lew Wallace, a general in the Civil War. The book was the first fictional work to receive a blessing from the pope, Leo XIII. Ultimately, the novel has seen five major adaptations including a TV miniseries, a Broadway show, a 1907 silent film, the 1959 classic, and the new 2016 version.

So, if your only exposure to Ben-Hur is the financial flop that came out this year, take a step back in history and watch the 1959 version starring Charlton Heston. If the financial success speaks to the quality of the films, the classic is certainly the better of the two.