Tips for Throwing a Curveball

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Throwing a Curveball
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An economics graduate of the University of Utah, Isaiah Kingston serves as the CFO of Washakie Renewable Energy in Salt Lake City. In his free time, Isaiah Kingston enjoys baseball and has coached Little League.

Many baseball pitchers have problems with their curveball. Here are a few tips:

1. Ball grip. The position of the middle finger is key to throwing a curveball. Curveballs get their rotation from the friction generated between the middle finger and the ball’s seams, so find a grip that maximizes this friction.

2. Target. Because curveballs swerve in the air, achieving accuracy is difficult. As a general rule, aim for a spot just over the head of the catcher, and allow the ball to do the rest of the work for you.

3. Stride length. Typically, a curveball stride is shorter than a fastball stride. If you find your curveballs consistently coming out high, try reducing your stride length by 2 to 4 inches.

The Work of Harry Fornari with the AFOA

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American Fats and Oils Association
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A University of Utah graduate, Isaiah Kingston serves Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC, as the chief financial officer. Isaiah Kingston is a member of the American Fats and Oils Association (AFOA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the fats and oils sector.

Each year, AFOA oversees the Harry Fornari Lecture, created in 2001 in honor of the former two-time president of the association. From 1973 until his passing, Harry Fornari served in AFOA, first as a director and later as second executive director and president.

For more than three decades, Fornari was a crucial component in the success of AFOA. Among his achievements is the successful expansion of AFOA, first nationally and then globally. Fornari also prompted the changing of the organization’s name to the American Fats and Oils Association. Fornari oversaw a fourfold membership increase during his tenure.

Cache Chamber of Commerce – Women in Business

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Cache Chamber of Commerce
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Utah resident Isaiah Kingston serves as CFO of Washakie Renewable Energy, a leading biofuel producer. Isaiah Kingston is a member of his local chamber of commerce.

The Cache Chamber of Commerce serves businesses and community members in Logan, Utah, and the greater Cache Valley. The organization works to create a vibrant and diverse local economy by improving employment opportunities and capitalizing on local talent.

The Cache Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of opportunities for business owners, with a focus on networking and marketing. The organization also operates the Women in Business program, which helps Cache County women access higher education and business opportunities.

Women in Business also provides a forum for developing leadership skills and networking with potential clients and vendors. Members meet for lunch on the second Tuesday of each month to cover a different professional topic or hear from a speaker.

Biodiesel Functionality Leads to Increased Use

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After graduating from the University of Utah, Isaiah Kingston went on to work for Washakie Renewable Energy (WRE), LLC, in Salt Lake City. Isaiah Kingston is the CFO, and his responsibilities include developing financial and tax strategies for the company.

WRE Biofuels is one of the WRE Group of Companies, and it produces biodiesel from its own virgin oil through a partnership with farmers who grow canola and soybeans. WRE also recycles used cooking oils and greases for refinement into biodiesel.

Biodiesel production and consumption has exploded since 2001, when only about 10 million gallons were produced annually. As of 2015, the consumption of biofuels was 1.476 billion gallons, and more than 1.26 billion gallons were produced that year. As more feedstock (vegetable grains) are becoming available, it is projected that biodiesel will make up ten percent of the total diesel usage in America by 2022.

More biodiesel usage is good for several reasons:

* Biodiesel is good for the motor burning it because it lubricates engines better and extends engine life.

* Biodiesel has natural cleaning properties that keep pumps, fuel lines, and injectors operating properly.

* Biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

* Biodiesel is a more efficient fuel source, so the user gets more miles per gallon.