Friday, January 13, 2017

Tiger Woods Becoming Popular in Golf Again


Previously working with Intel Corporation and Exostar, LLC, Aric Keck currently serves as a regional manager of Vectra Networks in Smyrna, Georgia. Outside of his professional life, Aric Keck enjoys playing a round of golf and is also a fan of the sport.

Tiger Woods is once again becoming a popular name in golf. While he never completely disappeared from the public consciousness, Woods’ extended layoff from the game while recovering from back surgery has seen other names such as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth emerge.

After a return at the Hero World Challenge, however, Tiger is once more a popular topic of conversation. So popular, in fact, that Las Vegas sportsbooks report a healthy amount of wagering on his chances to win the Masters in April. Beginning as a 50-1 underdog to win the event, so many people have bet on Woods that bookmakers have reduced that number to 20-1. Overall, Woods leads the amount of money wagered.

Recently celebrating his 41st birthday, Woods is still chasing the 18 majors win record held by Jack Nicklaus. His last major championship victory came in 2008 at the U.S. Open.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Making Perfect Enchilada Sauce from Scratch

Sales professional Aric Keck serves as regional manager for Vectra Networks in Georgia. Outside of his work in technology-sector sales, Aric Keck spends much of his time enjoying food and travel. He is especially fond of preparing Mexican cuisine at home. 

Enchiladas are a staple of Mexican cuisine; hearty, delicious, and easy to prepare. While it is possible to cook an enjoyable meal with store-bought enchilada sauce, the best enchiladas are always covered in sauce made from scratch. Follow this recipe for red enchilada sauce, courtesy of Mexican Food Journal, for the perfect enchilada sauce.

1. Toast eight ancho chiles and four pasilla chiles. Place them in a hot pan and cook for just 10 to 15 seconds per side, being careful not to burn them. Once they are toasted, remove the seeds.

2. In a dry pan, char a medium-sized onion, two roma tomatoes, and three cloves of garlic. For best results, quarter these ingredients before placing in a hot, dry pan. They should be blackened, but not overly burnt. 

3. Reconstitute everything. Place the chiles, onions, tomatoes, and garlic in a pot, and add enough water to almost cover everything. Simmer uncovered until the chiles are soft again, about 15 minutes.

4. Puree all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Strain well, removing as much pulp and chile skin as possible.

5. Fry the sauce by heating two tablespoons of oil, and carefully adding the strained sauce to the oil. Be wary of splattering hot oil. Fry the sauce for 30 seconds, then reduce heat to low. The sauce is finished and ready to serve over enchiladas.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day Football

Aric Keck serves Vectra Networks as regional manager. He previously spent six years with Atlanta, Georgia’s Intel Corporation as sales director. When he is not managing activities at Vectra Networks, Aric Keck enjoys following Detroit Lions football.

For 73 of the last 79 National Football League (NFL) seasons, the Detroit Lions have been featured as one of the league’s Thanksgiving Day games. In fact, all 73 of the Lion’s Thanksgiving games have been played in Detroit, making the franchise the face of what is arguably the league’s most important day outside of the Super Bowl.

Over the years Detroit has faced a number of teams, from select Thanksgiving rivals to a litany one-off opponents. Between 1934 and 1938 the Lions hosted the Chicago Bears, while the 1951 through 1963 Thanksgiving games saw the Lions matching up with the Green Bay Packers. From 1964 through 2006 the Thanksgiving game occurred between the Lions and an assortment of opponents, before 2007 brought the Packers back into the fold on an every-other-year basis. 

The Lions have established a Thanksgiving Day record of 37 wins, 38 losses, and two ties. The team endured a nine-year losing streak from 2004 through 2012, but has now won four Thanksgiving games in a row.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

International Travel off the Beaten Path

Vectra Networks Regional Manager Aric Keck facilitates the sale of threat management software for Intel Corporation. When he finds time away from his work in sales, Aric Keck enjoys international travel to a wide range of locations.

International travel is an enriching way to explore new landscapes and new cultures. Rather than sticking to the most popular locales, consider visiting one of these lesser-known destinations next time you venture abroad.

- Armenia. Though the region has a rocky history, Armenia is largely safe to visit and home to a host of beautiful churches and a newly flourishing tourism industry. Agricultural home stays are popular, as are intimate bed and breakfasts run by local families.

- Turkey. In addition to a wealth of ancient architectural marvels and cultural destinations of note, Turkey is home to the Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Access to most of the beautiful hot springs is limited in order to protect the UNESCO World Heritage Site, but visitors can still relax in many of the smaller hot springs.

- Kosovo. Newly independent, the small European nation is perfect for the adventurous traveller. It is inexpensive, especially when taking advantage of the local hospitality. Guides and horses can be rented easily, perfect for tours of the mountainous areas around the villages.