Ketel One Vodka and GQ Magazine Announce Corbin Clay as the Winner Who
Answered "A Gentleman's Call"
Clay's Design Startup Recipient of $100,000 Grant from Ketel One
NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2013
NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In a nationwide search to grant
$100,000 to an innovative idea, Ketel One and GQ Magazine are proud to
announce carpenter and furniture craftsman Corbin Clay as the winner of "A
Gentleman's Call." Evaluated based on how his idea demonstrates
entrepreneurship, craftsmanship and philanthropy in the modern world while
raising society's behavioral bar, Clay's furniture design startup was chosen
from thousands of entries as the idea that best answered the call.
Innovators seized the opportunity to submit their ideas to be judged by
leading entrepreneurial mentors including actor and philanthropist, Ian
Somerhalder, Hispanic celebrity and businessman, Carlos Ponce, and Co-Founder
and CEO of Movember, Adam Garone. Along with Carl Nolet, Jr., Executive Vice
President of Nolet Spirits USA and Chris Mitchell, Publisher of GQ Magazine,
Somerhalder, Ponce and Garone selected five finalists whose concepts best
personified the values of Ketel One in the modern world.
The selected finalists then launched a campaign and encouraged the social
media community to cast their vote for an idea that exemplified a higher
standard of thinking and conviction. The five finalists of "A Gentleman's
Call" garnered numerous votes as avid enthusiasts supported these inspiring,
genuine gentlemen that exhibited substance and style through their noteworthy
In the end, Clay's Azure Furniture stood out and was deemed worthy of the
$100,000. Learning the intricacies and craft of carpentry from a master
German craftsman, Clay has applied his knowledge and passion to launch his
entrepreneurial venture. Clay's company collects beetle-killed pinewood, an
abundance of dry wood in the Rocky Mountains, to create premium, high-end
furniture. The operation reduces the risk of large fires, as the beetle-killed
pinewood is the primary factor in the destruction of homes in the Colorado
forest. Clay's designs transform this hazardous raw material into a
sustainable resource that is then sculpted, sanded and polished into showcase
pieces including coffee tables, media storage and dining tables.
"I could not be more grateful for this generous grant," said Clay. "Ketel One
values fine craftsmanship and it's exciting to be aligned with a brand that
promotes the core of my business. Through the exposure of this program, Azure
Furniture has already experienced tremendous growth expanding into the
Northwest, and the $100,000 will only continue to cultivate a path of success
for a startup that I have worked so long to get off the ground."
Additionally, to thank the Denver community for its support during the
program, Clay has created a custom conference table for a local fire fighter
training organization. These men dedicate their lives to reducing the risk of
forest fires in the Rocky Mountains and Clay will present these heroes with a
custom designed piece made from a material that does the same.
"Ketel One is honored to be part of 'A Gentleman's Call' and provide $100,000
for Corbin Clay's idea as it truly embodies the core pillars of our vodka,"
said Carl Nolet, Jr., 11^th Generation Nolet. "Ketel One is my family's
tradition and, with this grant, we are honoring our history of craftsmanship
and entrepreneurialism by helping Corbin, a skilled craftsman himself, expand
his business, demonstrate the values of a modern gentleman and set a
responsible example to those around him and beyond."
For more information about the other four finalists and "A Gentleman's Call"
visit www.AGentlemansCall.com for complete contest rules. Join the
conversation, tag @KetelOne and @GQmagazine, use the hashtag #KetelOne
#GentlemansCall, and visit www.facebook.com/KetelOne.
About Ketel One Vodka
With ten generations of Nolet family distilling passion and expertise, the
success of the KETEL ONE brand is built on one-to-one conversations with the
bartending community. Launched in the United States in the early 1980s,
Carolus Nolet Sr. was inspired by original recipes and techniques of his
ancestors when he created the recipe for and distinctive personality of KETEL
KETEL ONE vodka is a sophisticated and crisp, wheat-based, ultra-premium blend
crafted from small batches, using copper pot stills together with modern
distilling techniques. The 19^th century coal-fired pot still, Pot Still
Number 1, otherwise known as "Distilleerketel # 1", is one of the pot stills
used in the production process and is the inspiration for the name of this
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family prior to bottling.
After extensive research, KETEL ONE CITROEN flavored vodka was launched in
2000, created by infusing KETEL ONE Vodka with citrus essential oil essence.
Later in 2010, KETEL ONE ORANJE was launched infusing KETEL ONE Vodka with the
essential essence of orange oils.
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