The food processing industry has seen a number of great companies come an go over the years. In recent times, however, one company stands out from the rest. OSI Food Solutions first began in 1909, and it appears that this business is here to stay. It was a German immigrant living in the United States who first founded the company, and over the century that it has been in operation it has become of the largest, most well-regarded brands around. This is due in no small part to a partnership with McDonald’s, which resulted in OSI Food Solutions distributing a larger amount of meat products than ever before.
17 different countries are currently home to at least one of OSI Group’s facilities, and the client base that receives it distributions is just as international. OSI has merged with a number of international organizations in recent years, which is one of the reasons it has attained so much power within such a competitive industry. At least 20,000 people receive employment through OSI Food Solutions, and the come from many different nationalities and backgrounds. This company has been recognized thoroughly for its consistent excellence by the British Safety Council, which bestowed upon OSI Food Solutions the Globe of Honor in 2016. Aside from OSI Group, there were only a handful of other companies from around the world who were fortunate enough to become recipients of this award.
Interestingly, OSI Group also won the Globe of Honor in previous years, 2013 and 2015. OSI Food Solutions recently made an important merger deal with another company known as Flagship Europe, which will a beg step in OSI Group’s goal of expanding its business ventures worldwide. OSI’s president, David McDonald, expressed his satisfaction with the Flagship Europe merger, and he is excited about the potential it will open up in the European markets. It will be interesting to see what other developments the company makes in the future as it continues vying for a strong position in the global food processing field.
The Brazilian economic miracle has made domestic and international travel more accessible to the country’s middle and upper classes. There is one entrepreneur who built his career on this trend, and his forward-thinking led to incredible success for the innovative businessman.
In 1972, Guilherme Paulus founded CVC, a travel agency, in Sao Paulo. With his partner, Paulus went on to build more than a mere agency. With Paulus at the helm, CVC would soon become synonymous with travel to the Brazilian consumer. It is now the largest tour operator in all of Latin America and one of the largest travel companies in the world.
One of the keys to Guilherme Paulus’ success was opening locations in smaller Brazilian cities, a niche that had largely gone unnoticed by his competitors. The growth of the Brazilian economy in the 1990s and 2000s meant that more and more Brazilians outside of the major coastal metropolises were showing an interest in travel, even international travel, which had formerly been the province of the wealthy elite.
Guilherme Paulus sold a stake in CVC to the Carlyle Group in 2009 in an effort to bolster the company’s rapid expansion. He took CVC public in 2013, and today the firm boasts R$ 5.2 billion in revenue with hundreds of locations in shopping malls and centers throughout Brazil and a growth rate in the double-digits. In fact, the company plans to continue its rapid expansion with hundreds of new locations in the works. However, Paulus has not become complacent. The entrepreneur continues to seek out new opportunities, especially in the hotel industry. Guilherme Paulus realized that the 2014 World Cup offered a huge opportunity and founded GJP Hotels. One of his aims with the new venture is to modernize the sector by building convenient hotels near airports.
When Sheldon Lavin took over OSI Group in 1975 it was already a 66-year-old food processing company. At the time its main business was supplying frozen beef patties to the fast food restaurant chain Mcdonald’s. When McDonald’s started to expand internationally he made sure his company rode shotgun and also did the same. As a result of this focus on growth and the success of his company it is now a multinational firm employing over 20,000 people around the globe.When McDonald’s decided to open restaurants in Germany, Sheldon Lavin partnered with a company there and they created a joint venture to supply Mcdonald’s. He did the same a few years later in Spain which was in 1980.
From the late 1980s to the early 1990s he expanded OSI Group into Austria, Mexico, Brazil, Poland, Hungary, and along the Pacific Rim. It was in 2001 that China joined the World Trade Organization. Sheldon Lavin could see that this was gigantic new market and he wanted to be in it. He created a wholly foreign-owned enterprise and other joint-ventures with Chinese companies in order to get his company well-positioned in that market. Ever since that time China has been a robust part of OSI Group’s international growth.While OSI Group is still a global supplier of products for McDonald’s they have long since expanded their customer-base.
They have other clients such as Subway, Burger King, Saizeriya, and Starbucks. Sheldon Lavin has also expanded beyond the beef his company was known for most of its history. OSI Group started processing poultry in 1996 when they bought Moy park, a United Kingdom company. He really expanded this part of the business in the early 2000s. In 2006 he bought Amick Farms which was located on America’s east coast. In China he built a joint venture called Weihai Poultry in order to start supplying that nation with poultry. Sheldon Lavin has also seen to it that his company can deliver much more complex products than patties. They can produce sausage links, pizza, chicken nuggets, and more. Even at 85 he continues to figure out ways to make his company always bigger and better.
When Jason Hope graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in business, he knew that he wanted to use the latest technology to develop a company who would provide cellular service to areas where it was previously unavailable. He accomplished what he set out to do and has continued in this field to create more and more technological advances. Along with his company, Jason has been focused on advances in technology in other areas, such as, the medical field.
His interests in technology have taken him in many directions and he believes that this field will produce many other scientific advances. He is also known to work with students in the Arizona school system on setting their goals and achieving whatever they want to. He spends his free time with many of these students to show them how to get over any hurdles they may have. Jason Hope feels that he must give back to the community who helped him along his way and that by encouraging today’s students, he is setting the mark for the future.
Jason Hope is also a philanthropist and investor and has donated much time and money to new businesses. His endeavors have reached far beyond the state of Arizona and he is working with many companies to increase their productivity and profits. He has been speaking all over the country at conferences in order to showcase the world of technology and how it is helping in many industries. Jason Hope posts about his beliefs and ideas on his social media page and many people have been following his career. Jason will continue to look into new ways of using technology in everyday life. He believes the internet is one of the most powerful tools available today and that it will only increase in use in the future.
OG Juan Perez is a successful businessman who has developed the right kinds of relationships in his industry. He was introduced to Jay-Z by Kareem Biggs Burke in the 1990’s. At that time OG Juan was running the studios where Jay-Z was recording numerous hit records. Their bond continued to form over the years and the two opened the famous 40/40 Club together. Jay-Z and OG Juan have went on to establish other successful business ventures. OG Juan Perez’s wife Desiree Perez is also an important figure in the Roc Nation enterprise. OG Juan and Jay-Z started their business dealings with the 40/40 club.
They have since gone on to form Roc Nation Sports. Roc Nation Sports is a premier sports agency that is working with young professional athletes to ensure that they are receiving the highest quality of representation in every aspect of there capabilities. The concept for Roc Nation Sports had been discussed between the two men for quite some time. Jay-Z eventually put his full support behind the idea and the company is up and running with a great deal of success. OG Juan’s wife Desiree Perez is the CEO of Roc Nation. She handles the company’s contracts and is known as Jay-Z’s right hand when it comes to negotiating new deals.
Desiree is credited for bringing the streaming app company Tidal to Roc Nation. She is intricately involved in the HOVA Circle of Influence. This is the group that runs Roc Nation and has direct access to Jay-Z. OG Juan Perez, his wife Desiree and members of the HOVA Circle of Influence got together to celebrate OG Juan’s 50th birthday. The night was epic due to the expensive bill. The group ordered high end meals and went through several exclusive bottles of wine. The estimated tab was around $100,000. Many believed that Jay-Z covered the night as a birthday gift to OG Juan Perez. However, it was later revealed by Jay-Z himself that OG Juan took responsibility for the night’s expenses.
It’s no surprise Forbes named Eric Lefkofsky among Chicago Business Council representatives. Lefkofsky supports numerous organizations focused on innovations for education, healthcare, technology, arts/culture and human rights. His latest healthcare project involved launching Chicago-based biotechnology research facility, Tempus, which he co-founded three years ago. The institute and its investors, including, Eric Lefkofsky maintain an optimistic outlook on a data-driven approach to precision medicine. Electronic Health Records or EHRs addressed a long-standing problem ingrained in today’s medical industry. Now, patient medical records are easily accessible across systems and departments. While having Electronic Medical Records or EMRs accelerate productivity and improves scalability, Tempus CEO identified a critical area ignored.
As it is now, EHRs have limited purpose, however, the medical research dynamic can transform the process. With information such as genome sequencing, early detection of DNA mutations, especially that of cancer cells will be more proactive. With Tempus, Lefkofsky aims to provide physicians with ample ammunition to educate patients about certain autoimmune diseases and offer personalized treatment. Its data collecting efforts should afford medical professionals faster access to real-time statistics and evidence for accurate prognosis. The platform manages the world’s largest clinical/molecular database.
Pharmaceutical giants, healthcare professional networks, and patients have contributed to the development of Tempus. Its recent fundraising activity funneled over 80 million dollars to swell its net value to an estimated 1.1 billion. Besides managing Tempus, Mr. Lefkofsky keeps an eventful portfolio supporting various charitable purposes that improve communities in Chicago. In 2006, Eric joined Elizabeth (wife) to establish the LFF or Lefkofsky Family Foundation. Through this channel, they’re constantly improving community services and resources. The organization has established relationships with syndicates like Teach for America Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Ravinia Festival and more.
Peter Briger is a famous individual in the finance industry. He is among the top Forbes 400 business professionals in the world. Peter is currently the president and co-chairman of the Fortress Investment Group’s board of directors. Before joining the great company, Peter was a partner at Goldman Sachs & Corporation. Briger boasts in the accreditation in helping the Fortress customers. He joined the Fortress Investment Group in the year 2002. He had stayed at Goldman Sachs for around 15 years. At Fortress Group, Peter Briger heads the credit fund and real estate business divisions. He is responsible for distressed debt and illiquid investments in the firm. Peter has attained quality education training in his area of expertise. He has a Master of Business Administration from University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. Additionally, he gladly holds a bachelor’s degree from the Princeton University. Peter began his professional journey at Goldman Sachs where his roles revolved around leadership, operations, and management. He is such a skilled and a committed career person with a wide range of experiences in his area of work. Due to his expertise in financial matters and business in general, Peter is now termed as a co-chief executive officer at the exceptional investment management firm, Fortress Investment Group since 2002.
Peter Briger associates his experience to the days he worked at Goldman Sachs. Through the knowledge and skills developed then, Peter can take the Fortress Company to greater heights in the marketplace. The firm acknowledged his efforts in making the firm the best and known alternative investment firm in the entire United States to go public. The achievements the company has made this far based on the foundations that were laid down by titans like Peter in the company. Meet Pete Briger: A Titan in the Investment and Finance World
Currently, Fortress Group is managing assets that exceed $65 billion. The company is responsible for the provision of services to both the private and public institutional investors. Peter Briger is proud of the position he holds in the company and guards it jealously through hard work and commitment to continue making the firm distinguished among others. In the recent times, there have been many cases of economic distress. However, Peter is working out hard to ensure that he helps the debt-stricken foreign markets to raise good capital. Fortress Executives to Cash In $1.39 Billion From SoftBank Sale
Apart from his roles at the firm, Peter runs other activities outside professionalism. He is actively involved in various philanthropic activities that aid to support education and alleviate poverty in children. He comes in to save situations in these hard economic times. A Force of Innovation: Two Decades of Fortress Investment Group
It was not long ago that people would have laughed at the prospect of selling water in a bottle. After all, how could you sell something that is free in nature? Why would people want to buy something so trivial and easily available? Well, a strange thing happened. With the introduction of the fitness industry, people wanted to drink more water. Bottled water became a luxury item. It was a status symbol. If you had the money to pay for something that was free, then you were affluent and healthy. Bottled water portrayed the message that you were somebody to listen to. But, the bottled water industry came with a downside. There were droughts and pollution.
Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water came as a result of these widespread problems. Whereas the bottled water companies of the past were not concerned with the environment, Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water made sure they preserved the environment that they got their water from. They took care of the trees, the ground, the spring, and the volcano. The company was founded in Hawaii, so the roots of naturalism and preserving nature are strong. The founder wanted to stay as close to the land as possible. Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is the only bottled water that comes from an active volcano on the island of Hawaii. The water is then filtered through miles of volcanic rock, and cooled in a naturally occurring sprig at the foot of the volcano.
The founder of Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water was saddened when he found out about trash island. This is the island made of trash that humans have thrown into the ocean for decades. It kills hundreds of sea animals every year. Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water wanted to do something about it. They donated money to various causes to protect the environment, and they invested in biodegradable water bottles. Their water bottles are the only environmentally friendly bottles on the market. Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water is a proponent of environmental preservation and societal change. They are leading the market in bottled water, and they are leading the world in an effort to break the chain of deadly pollution.