Sheldon Lavin is currently the CEO and Chairman of OSI Group, one of the world’s largest meat provider. He is also the president of OSI International Foods Ltd. and still handles the company’s operations actively. Although his background is on Accounting and Finance, he became a successful businessman in the meat processing industry. In one of his interviews, Lavin shared lessons and insights about his journey with OSI Group.
Being a business owner is what Sheldon Lavin envisioned because of his academic background. However, when Otto Kolschowsky needed help in financing his family business “Otto & Sons”, Lavin’s journey into meat processing started. Otto & Sons became what is known today as OSI Group and Lavin are still involved in the company’s operations. Lavin also revealed that from the start, he envisioned the company to be a world class food processing enterprise.
OSI Group is currently operating in 17 countries with 70 facilities worldwide. The company expanded its product line with vegetable items, sauces, and baked goods. What makes OSI Group different in the company their size, according to Sheldon Lavin, is because OSI is an entrepreneurial company. Instead of ruling as a dictator, what worked with OSI is the way they operate as a family. There are still rules and strategies, levels of responsibility, and budgetary limits. But instead of competition, everyone from every department is helping each other, just like a family.
Sheldon Lavin also revealed how innovation is always in his DNA, but working with OSI Group nurtured it and made it better. It is not only his innovation that improved in OSI. The company also helped him learn how to manage people like a family. He believes that without the loyal and talented folks that the company has, their success will not be possible. Treating employees as a family is one if the secret to OSI’s success. Lavin’s office is always open for his employees. He even let them call him Sheldon or Shelly instead of “Mr. Lavin.”
Right now, OSI is also involved in Ronald McDonald House Charities. This is the company’s way to give back to its community. As OSI continues to have profitable growth, Sheldon Lavin believes that the company will continue to thrive even after his retirement.
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The first wave of coffee was just about getting everyone to drink it and the second wave was about getting it customized. We are now in the third wave of coffee consumption which is all about appreciating coffee and it’s wonderful flavors. British Columbia’s Organo Gold is a brand solidly in this third wave. They have a great lineup of coffees available which are exclusively sold through independent distributors.
Coffee drinkers in the third wave want to know the heritage of their coffee. This includes where it is from, what type of soil the coffee plant is in, the altitude it was grown at, and other factors. Organo Gold says the third wave of coffee is part of the Farm-to-Fork movement. People want transparency in what they eat and drink.
While Organo Gold coffee tastes great as is there are times when you want to mix things up and try out new flavors. Recognizing this fact, Organo Gold released an article about spicing up coffee on International Coffee Day in 2018.
One idea they provided was cinnamon mocha. You need a hot cocoa packet and some sweetening ingredient. Mix in the hot cocoa and sweetener after you’ve brewed the coffee. You then add some milk and either a drop of cinnamon oil or alternatively use cinnamon syrup and just squirt the bottle once or twice. Organo Gold says you can use ground cinnamon but it won’t turn out as well.
Jeffry Schneider is a prominent businessman who resides in the Austin, Texas City. Over the years he has worked for various companies bringing success and gaining extensive knowledge that enables him to run his company smoothly. He has a bachelor in Arts earned from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jeffry Schneider is a devoted entrepreneur and the founder of Ascendant Capital investment company. He launched the company in 2008 with the aim of serving many clients with the best financial services in the United States. There are more than 35 employees in Ascendant Capital company with extensive expertise of over a decade hence they serve clients well and ensure they form strong client relations. Jeffry Schneider as the CEO of the company he is devoted to providing that he sets an excellent example to the employees.
Previously, Jeffry Schneider resided in Manhattan where he started his long career in the industry of investments and offering financial services to both broker-dealers, investment advisors, and family services. The company has partnered with other companies including GPB capital holdings to share their resources and meet the set goals and policies. Over the years Jeffry Schneider has earned various skills including capital markets, investment banking, private placements, private equity, hedge funds, financial advisory among others hence understands the financial investment industry and the strategies needed to make it a success.
According to Marie Case, the senior partner of the Praemia Group, Jeffry Schneider is a creative person with lots of enthusiasm for his line of work especially the alternative investment space. He is also devoted to reaching higher goals including making investments outside the realm of various institutional investors. She recommends Jeffry Schneider for the excellent work in his company. Jeffry Schneider gives back to the society by funding multiple charitable organizations to help the needy.
Rick Shinto has more than two decades of experience in the healthcare industry. He was educated at the University of California at Irvine and received his bachelor’s of science degree. He attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook and got his medical degree, and he received his M.B.A. from the University of Redlands.
Mr. Shinto started his career in the medical field as a specialist of internal medicine and pulmonologist in Southern California. He was then employed with MedPartners as the vice president who was in charge of medical management. At Cal Optimal Health, he was the senior medical officer and was the operations manager and CMO at Pathways Management Company. He also worked at North American Medical Management of California as the senior medical officer who was tasked with medical management. He started with Aveta Inc. in 2008 as member of the management team, but he was promoted to president and stayed at the company until it was acquired in 2012.
For his dedication to making healthcare more affordable, he was presented with the Access to Caring Award. Mr. Shinto was the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012, and he was also named a Top Minority Executive in 2018. Mr. Shinto currently serves on the board of directors at America’s Physician Group and America’s Health Insurance Plans. He previously served on the Financial Solvency Standard Board for the California Department of Managed Care.
Penelope Kokkinides is the chief administrative officer at InnovaCare Health. Penelope Kokkinides is qualified to develop and manage clinical and healthcare programs. She has worked with government programs that include Medicaid and Medicare. At Centerlight HealthCare, Ms. Kokkinides served as the chief management officer who was tasked with the managed care division. She also worked at Touchstone Health as the head of operations. When she was at AmeriChoice, which is a unit of UnitedHealth, she was the corporate vice president of care management and disease management. During her time at AmeriChoice, she played a major role in the development of the company’s healthcare model.
About InnovaCare Health
InnovaCare Health is a top provider of healthcare plans in North America. It offers services through two divisions that are Provider Networks and Medicare Advantage Programs. InnovaCare Health offers two primary programs that are MMM Healthcare and PMC Medicare Choice. The company’s Medicare Advantage healthcare plan was given the highest accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
There is no doubt that Alex Hern has taken his company Tsunami XR to the next level. He has seen the future of XR grow in recent years and more to come. In addition to that, Artificial Intelligence has caught his eye as one of the most exciting trends in technology today. As far as XR technology is concerned, Hern has brought this to San Diego and many companies are ready to take advantage of the capabilities. Immersive XR technology is known to merge physical worlds with virtual realities bringing about an impressive environment of usage.
For those that are late to grasping the XR technology craze, it will take you into 3D worlds with the use of equipment directly in front of your face. It’s realness is bold and can be found in various applications. With its growing rate of popularity, XR hardware has gone beyond it expectations. Large dominant companies in the market are snapping up the technology for their platforms. Hern is noted as having a keen eye when witnessing technologies that start off small and grow faster than anyone expected. He is dedicated to having a strategy and insights on the market.
Tsunami XR has created its entire business on creating new and powerful communication software allowing businesses to communicate differently from the past. They are now able to hold meetings directly from their own office and connect to developers all around the world. Tsunami XR started in 2014 and isn’t slowly down anytime soon. Hern continues on making the right decisions for his business to strive in such a competitive market. His company is laying the ground work for the applications that will come in a few years. We will see XR technology inside industries such as construction, defense, education, healthcare, entertainment, architecture and maintenance.
Adam Milstein has a history of being one of the Jews who live outside the State of Israel who is committed to the welfare of the Jewish community. There have been many instances when people who come from Israel have been discriminated because of being Jews. There is a hate that is propagated by enemies of the State of Israel, and it is normally known as anti-Semitism. The hate against Jews has serious ramifications on the unity of the Jewish community. The community is in dire need of embracing unity as this is the only way through which they can ensure that nothing happens to them. Many enemies are looking for an opportunity to hurt the community, and therefore, Jews cannot afford to sleep and let the enemies have filed a day promoting the hate propaganda.
Adam Milstein is leading campaigns that seek to bring the Jews together. He has been using his finances to coordinate the activities of the Jewish people living in the United States and beyond. His main goal is to see unity between Jews. It does not matter where they are living; they should be supportive of one another in a way that will promote peace and unity in the world.
The Jewish community needs to stand strong and fight enemies who promote anti-Semitism under the guise of promoting peace in the Middle East. There are serious efforts by enemies of Israel to bring divisions among the Jews. This is a factor that should not be tolerated by the Jews since it could be the end game for the community. A lot has changed in the past few years that Adam Milstein has been promoting the unity of the Jews aggressively. He says that to him philanthropy and the campaigns he supports on the unity of Jews are his full-time job.
Adam Milstein is also an entrepreneur and advocates for business interests of Jews living in the United States. In the period he has been in the United States, he has risen to the position of a managing partner of one of the real estate companies in the country known as Hager Pacific Properties.
Mike Bagguley is a renowned financial icon in London. He is the current Chief operating officer on the Barclays International. He became part of the Barclays family in 2001 and has led in senior roles in New York, London, Tokyo, and Johannesburg.
Mike Bagguley is an alumnus of the University of Warwick where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1988. He is known as the man in charge of accelerating the delivery of the bank’s strategic renovation. He was promoted to the CEO in 2015 having replaced Justin Bull and reporting to the investment banks chief Tom King.
Previously, Mike Bagguley was the head of the macro products group which is part and parcel of the strategic overhaul. This involved managing trading and distribution rates as far as credit and foreign exchange are concerned in an attempt to reorganize operations.
Barclays had been caught up by the structural and cyclical decline that was in the market due to introduced regulations. During his tenure, Mike saw through that there was a notable turn around. During the third quarter, the bank recorded a 3% increase in macro revenue at £485 million. On the other hand, overall fixed income revenues went down by 2%. Keeping in mind that the IFCC revenues across the Street were down by 25%, this was an outstanding performance by the bank. Since then, Barclays stays on the financial map as being the only two banks recording improved FICC revenues.
Mike Bagguley is an expert when it comes to financial investments. Having overseen the reshaping of the macro business, he is now mandated with the task of overseeing major projects cutting across the bank’s investment portfolio, in addition to aligning its infrastructure. Mike is a man of strategy and the bank vowing to cut down on costs and improve its profit margin, the bank’s management team has picked Mike up to spearhead this strategy.
In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Dallas-based Stream Energy is helping people affected get back on their feet.
When Hurricane Harvey roared ashore, 56 inches of rain saturated the greater Houston area. People all over the world watched in horror and neighborhood after neighborhood became submerged in water. Dozens of people lost their lives, hundreds of houses and businesses were destroyed and thousands of people were displaced.
The outpouring of worldwide support was phenomenal. But local company Stream Energy really stepped up to the plate with initiatives to ease the financial burden of its customers. The charity foundation “Stream Cares” worked in conjunction with The Red Cross and Habitat For Humanity to give back to the community. The initiative proved successful on two fronts: giving those who have been affected a means to get back on their feet and the ability to gain the respect of the community.
Stream offered a simple business model that proved wildly effective: Provide a variety of services to both residential and business customers. As an successful associate, individuals can earn healthy commissions while supporting the cause of their choosing.
One of the biggest issues that needed tackling after Hurricane Harvey is homelessness. There were a number of people who lost everything, and not everyone had insurance. Many families had nothing to go back to and ended up staying in shelters or with other family members.
Stream Energy along with Hope Supply Company is helping people affected by Hurricane Harvey find shelter, as well as school supplies, diapers, clothing and many other things for the homeless.
Stream Energy was founded in 2005. The company offers energy services to many states including Texas, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Illinois, to name a few. They recently included wireless services for business and residential customers.
Peter Briger is the principal and co-chairman of the board of directors of Fortress Investment Group, which is a multinational investment and management organization. He has a well-built character and reputation in finance and investment corridors due to his long and successful career in investment over many years. Some of his accomplishments and leadership qualities while at Goldman Sachs, where he attended various committee meetings such as the Asian Management Committee, and the Global Control & Compliance Committee helps him to stand out as an experienced and highly regarded person.Despite joining Fortress Investment Group as a member of the management committee, Peter has worked his way up the ladder to serve as a Principal and Co-Chairman of the Board in less than twenty years. His initial roles included overseeing the Fortress Credit business where he was in charge of the Fortress credit team.
At this level, he was supposed to check the underrated and distressed illiquid credit investments in the entire organization’s portfolio.One of the key factors in Peter Briger’s success is his extensive network that extends to several board members in different organizations around the world. Apart from working as a board member at Fortress Investment Group, Peter Briger holds a board position at the Princeton University Investment Company which is an organization formulated to help the university’s alumni members with business plans to implement their startups. Moreover, Peter has connections to board members in diverse organizations which makes him an all-around business partner who can represent the organization in various areas while acting as the face of the entity.
Peter Briger has brought tremendous success to the organization making it one of the prominent and premier investment companies in the United States and abroad. His contributions in the team that successfully raised $4.7 billion to create the Fortress Credit Opportunities Fund IV remains to be one his most significant achievements. Besides, Briger played a crucial role in helping the organization to buy non-performing and alternative assets at deep cut prices and later selling them at a higher return.Peter’s track record in making the organization successful by earning significant returns from distressed assets from diverse industries makes him an indispensable resource. Few investment companies can boost a knowledgeable and adorable person such as Peter Briger. Indeed, he is the Guru of Fortress Investment Group, by making the organization thrive in a competitive and unpredictable marketplace.
Louis Chenevert is known as the man who lifted United Technologies Corporation (UTC) up to be the company it is today. He started his professional life by attending HEC Montréal, which is an affiliated Business School of University of Montreal. It was there that he obtained his Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree in Business Production Management. He went on to receive Honorary Doctorate from, both, HEC Montréal and Concordia University. After this, he worked for General Motors for 14 years as its Production General Manager. In this position, he helped to ensure that the company’s production department and inner workings went smoothly.
As Louis Chenevert continued to add to his skills and expertise, an opening appeared at Pratt & Whitney. The company’s work was focused in the aerospace manufacturing industry, and it desperately needed some stronger leadership. Chenevert started out by working in the company’s Canadian branch, and he managed to help Pratt & Whitney get through a tough financial time. Just six years after coming aboard with the company, he was elected its President. The work he did during this time and after began to catch the attention of some of the leadership at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), which Pratt & Whitney was a subsidiary of. Chenevert quickly became the Chairman of UTC and then worked his way up to become its CEO.
Louis Chenevert helped to usher in a new era for UTC, and it was through his leadership and knack for innovation that the company’s bottom line improved dramatically. He was a large part of the creation of the Geared Turbo Fan Engine, which helped to reduce fuel consumption by 20%, reduced noise levels by 50%, and could, be built at a much lower cost. He was also responsible and at the head of the acquisition of Goodrich aerospace, which was known to be the largest acquisition ever at the time that it happened. It was a deal worth $18 billion, and it changed the direction that UTC would take for years to come.
Louis Chenevert will always be remembered as the innovative genius who made UTC what it is today.