Sheldon Lavin, CEO of the OSI Group, didn’t start out in the food processing industry. He was an investor and an executive in the banking industry. In the 1970s, Sheldon Lavin helped arrange financing for Otto and Sons, the company that would later be renamed OSI Group. At the time, Otto and Sons was in a partnership with the McDonald’s restaurant chain, supplying frozen beef patties for the hamburger giant. OSI remains the single greatest protein supplier to McDonald’s restaurants throughout the world.
Lavin served as a consultant for OSI Group until the late 1970s, when McDonald’s asked him to come on board full time. As he took fuller control of the company in the 1980s, the business expanded into South America and Taiwan. Expansion into other Asian countries and South Africa followed. Today, Lavin focuses on the European and Brazilian markets.
The Vision World Academy, based in India, awarded Lavin its Global Visionary Award in 2016. Global Visionary Awards honor individuals who succeed through perseverance and hard work. The award recognized Lavin’s success in turning the OSI Group from a domestically-focused organization into a billion dollar global organization. OSI-Vista Processed Foods, a company that provides meat, fruit, and vegetable processing to Indian companies, became part of the OSI Group in 1995.In 2013, Lavin served as Chairman of the Current Capital Campaign for the Ronald McDonald House charities. His other charitable work includes serving as President and Director of the Sheba Foundation (a family charitable organization), sitting on the board at Rush University Medical Center, and contributing to the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, the Jewish United Fund, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the United Negro College Fund.
Lavin has received several awards over the years for his contributions to non-profit organizations.Read More.
Have you ever heard of the wonderful and legendary Cassio Audi? In his early music career, he was part of the rock music group known as Viper. Audi, aged 46, is from Sao Paulo, Brazil in which he attended Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo from 1989-1994. He then went to University of Sao Paulo for his Master’s in Business and Administration from 1999-2000. Before going to college, Audi luckily joined Viper around 1985 in a way to explore his musical interests and desire to become known to many people around the world.
The rock band Viper, was created by both the brothers Yves and Pit Passarell, and Felipe Machado who were roommates in the same house where they were working on their music and instruments. Andre Matos was their neighbor and was the person responsible for bringing the rock band together along with Cassio Audi. The group saw that Audi was very talented with the drums so that was his instrument of choice to use to make the beats and sounds for the songs. Audi was really persistent in pitching ideas for songs. Audi was always persistent when presenting an idea because he knew with hard work came success and more fans sending fan mail.
His extraordinary skills made it easier for the group to produce high quality songs. The drums were always the best part because it produced such a bass that can be felt as a song is played. Thanks to Audi’s participation, their second album called Theatre of Fate was released in the United States, Europe, China, Japan and several more countries. At one point, Viper had reached the top charts surpassing other rock bands like Nirvana and Van Halen. Audi has definitely filled his fans’ ears with good drumming beats and sounds to remember for a long time.
Warren Buffett challenged hedge fund managers’ investment decisions, by offering $1 million dollars to a charity, claiming that he would achieve better investment returns by investing in an S&P 500 passive index based on market capitalization. This challenge sparked the “active versus passive” strategy debate.
Buffet trumpets the “let it be” approach in tauting the S&P 500 passive index funds. While Tim Armour, Capital Group’s Chairman, and CEO as of July 28, 2015, argues that a $10,000 investment in the first S&P 500, forty years ago, would create less wealth than investing in stellar active fund’s firms such as American Funds and The Growth Fund of America. On the other hand, Armour agrees with Buffett, boldly stating that there exist many mediocre and expensive hedge funds which harm investors and that low-cost, long-term investments are the key to investment returns.
In 1983, Armour graduated from Middlebury College and was awarded a B.A. in economics. Armour’s first job, right out of College, was with Capital Group. He was accepted into their Associates Program, and his entire career has been with Capital Group.
Armour has formed strong opinions concerning those who manage hedge funds and lives by his philosophy that investors should find active managers that earn their keep. His philosophy has been bolstered by reality, in stating the obvious, that a passive index can not follow business trends. His approach to the market sell-off in late 2015, was not to panic. He was right when he predicted that the sell-off was only a correction. Click here to know more about Tim Armour.
Armour believes that the economic changes with the Trump presidency is “real” and will produce a faster economic growth of global markets, with rising interest rates and higher inflation. According to Armour, the best investment strategy is to find a fund manager that invests his or her money.
The marketing and advertising firm Crispin Porter + Bogusky, known as CP+B, is truly a global agency with offices in London and Hong Kong as well as offices in the U. S. in Los Angeles and New York City. Operating out of the NYC area, Lori Senecal has been the Global CEO of CP+B starting in March of 2015. A year later the long time recognized industry journal for the ad world, ‘Advertising Age,’ gave CP+B the “Creativity Innovators of the Year” and at the same time honored Lori Senecal as one of their four top “Agency Executives to Watch.”
According to Huffingtonpost, Lori Senecal is someone who understands that the ‘Vision’ is the easy part; it is the formulation of a plan and then a determined focus to make it happen getting all the pieces together to make that ‘Vision’ become a ‘Reality.’ Her organizational skills and the ability to understand where a market is going combined with a global view that is necessary today are just some of the reasons for her success and current position as Global CEO of CP+B
In the harsh competitive environment of the ad world Lori Senecal has extensive experience in landing major corporations as clients and then helping to map out long term marketing strategies that sometimes means taking that calculated risk of jumping way outside the box?
Yet as tough and demanding as her job is, as tough and demanding as she is; a part of her would rather give you a hug. In her high school years she found herself being a gymnastics coach. It was here that she found and developed a talent for how to bring out the best in someone by inspiring them to make them better than they thought they could be. Many have stated off the record that she brought this aspect of who she is to CP+B and created a cultural shift that the entire company responded to by creating a sense of camaraderie that resulted in not only profits for CP+B; but for their clients as well.
Lori Senecal has stated that she believes in ‘Pay For Performance’ and in the advertising game the key to winning is increase the clients sales and profits.
Graduating with a degree in marketing and finance from Mcgill University in Montreal; Lori Senecal hit the U. S. hard landing in New York City with the major marketing and advertising players. The first was McCann Erickson and the McCann Worldgroup with her most important title of ‘Global Chief Innovation Officer’ with ‘Innovation’ being the key word. As she continued her career she then went to Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal serving as Chairman and CEO and working with dedication and understanding she was promoted to ‘Global Executive Chairman.’
Adam Goldenberg is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country and is also known for his skills as an inventor. From his school days, he had always wanted to do something of his own. He set up his first company at the age of sixteen in 1997 with the name of Gamer’s Alliance Inc that offers gamers many gaming options to choose from and his made money through advertisements that he put on the website. He sold the company to Intermix Media in 1999, and he becomes the Vice President of strategic planning at the company on techstyle.com. At a young age, he also became the Chief Operating Officer. After a few years, he again wanted to start his own company and left the company to follow his heart.
Adam Goldenberg collaborated with Don Ressler and created Intelligent Beauty that offers brand building services to its clients. They spend weeks discussing the ideas for the new company before coming up with the new idea. He also created JustFab under this company and serves as the CEO of the company. After a few years, he renamed the company to TechStyle Fashion Group. He still looks upon the daily activities of the company and overlooks the sales, online marketing and the e-commerce platform development of the company on rgtadvisors.com. The company has it’s headquarter in El Segunda in California and already has more than millions of subscribers in the USA and other countries as well. In a recent interview, he said that he has big plans for the company and would be planning expansions to take the company to great heights. He had made many predictions for the company, and all of them came true. He has also ensured that the pricing of the company is god enough to attract customers at http://www.entrepreneur.wiki/Adam_Goldenberg. It is where he is able to beat his competitors and move ahead in the competition.
Adam Goldenberg is very particular about his works and ensures that his team too is hard-working as he is. He picks members that are quick to learn and can adapt to different business needs. He also ensures that every piece of information is shared between the members so that they can take a collective decision. He has followed this policy all his life, and this is what makes him so good at what he does. In addition, customer’s feedback is also important to him as it allows him to improve the services of the company.
Thor Halvorssen is a household name in the world of human activisms. He started participating in the world of activism at a young age, this was necessitated by the underlying political situation that was being experienced in Venezuela. He was born in Venezuela from a political family. His father served as a minister in the government where he handled high profile cases. During the course of his duty, his father was arrested while undertaking an investigation in a powerful drug cartel syndicate.
This was seen as an attempt by the government to cover up corrupt government officials from the illicit trade. He was jailed without the due process which brought uprising of street protests. Thor Halvorssen participated actively in the demonstration that were all over the streets of Venezuela. This prompted the international and civil society bodies to intervene which resulted in his release. This was one of the major milestone that were made towards realization of political freedom in Venezuela. As a result, many political detainees in Venezuela became aware of their rights and privileges and were later released from prison. Thor Halvorssen developed interest in the civil activism during his life in the university where he studied a degree in English and American literature. During his life at the university, he was in charge as the editor of the school newspaper publication.
His mother was also involved in active demonstrations fighting for the rights and privileges of people to be respected. As a result, many people were shot at including her mother. This brought a lot of sensitization among members of the entire country who stood up to fight the bad regime. These challenges prompted Thor Halvorssen to establish the Human Right Foundation that stands for the respect of rights of people across the world. The organization has been promoting peaceful co-existence of people throughout the world.