Alex Hern, founder of content solutions company, Tsunami, is no stranger to hard work and business development. With an entrepreneurial career spanning more than 25 years, Hern has co-founded multiple successful technology companies. From email marketing to network security, Hern has overseen the rise of early-stage companies in a variety of tech niches.
How does one not only succeed as an entrepreneur, but keep building on his successes for several decades? In a recent interview with IdeaMensch, Hern was asked how Alex Hern stays productive and brings his ideas to life. Hern noted that he is most productive when he is alone in a quiet space, free from distractions. Interestingly, he also stated that he spends several hours per day focusing on one specific item or action that will help his company reach a goal. Multitasking, in Hern’s opinion, is a commonly made mistake. This view, he admits, is controversial in the entrepreneur community!
Hern’s newest venture, Tsunami, is a global business communications solution. The software provides a collaborative platform for engineers and scientists in fields like aerospace, defense, manufacturing, and healthcare. Tsunami offers on-demand digital workspaces, as well as 3D rendering, animation, and simulation. The software aims to provide seamless critical collaboration and data analysis for the world’s top companies.
Hern has maintained his success by following a few basic principles, which he has shared publicly with aspiring entrepreneurs. Hern practices learning from failure and avoiding repeat mistakes. He believes that failure is part of the growth process and should not be feared. Hern has also spoken at length about the importance of focus, taking time to make decisions, and thinking about the long-term impact of those decisions.
When it comes to making smart business decisions, Hern is adamant about partnering with trustworthy solution providers and ensuring his goals and vision are properly aligned with those of the client.
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.
Wes Edens is known for many different accomplishments these days as an entrepreneur and investor all over the world. Today, he is even the owner of a sports team as well. His most notable position comes from Fortress Investment Group, which he co-founded with two other business partners and currently operates as a leading investment firm in the United States. Since first opening back in 1998, Fortress Investment Group has become a billion dollar corporation.
Wes Edens built up his experience through his education at Oregan State University, where he earned his degree in finances and business management. After Wes graduated from University in 1984, he began his career a few short years later working at Lehman Brothers. He worked at the company as a managing director for several years before testing new waters and joining another company. He continued this pattern, building up his experience and knowledge in the financial industry until he was ready to implement his own ideas for an investment company.
Wes Edens is one of the original founders of Fortress Investment and as such he has been around since the companies open to the public for trading. Starting in 2007, Fortress Investment Group opened up for public trading and had more than 600 million dollars worth of shares sold within the first couple of years. In 2009, Wes Edens joined the companies board of directors as well. Wes plays a role in handling various different aspects of the company, including its media presence, healthcare practices, real estate services and financial services.
Today, Wes Eden’s has also taking to team ownership as well. Currently, Wes Eden’s is the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, which costs more than 500 million dollars when it bought the team back in 2014 with Marc Lasry. It is his mission to rebuild them into a consistent and winning team for the state. etc
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.
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.
When you think of the word “factory,” you probably think of a manufacturing plant where workers are assembling or processing things, but for Mike Baur it’s a place where ideas are built into game-changing businesses that aren’t found anywhere else. The factory Mike Baur helped found and currently manages along with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer is the Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) which is also funded by CTI Group, Goldback Group, Helvetia and Red Bull Media and its become one of Switzerland’s top business accelerators. There are several components that go into the SSUF that have helped entrepreneurs become successful with business launching.
The SSUF emphasizes networking as part of its program. Most entrepreneurs aren’t going to be able to build an entire company completely on their own, so being a part of the SSUF enables them to share their ideas with other like-minded individuals and build management and development teams for the company. The SSUF also emphasizes mentoring from business experts like Mike Baur to show young entrepreneurs how to form written plans. A business plan goes beyond just the idea and actually shows what the business will look like once it’s executed. And the biggest component of the SSUF is when the entrepreneurs finally make the pitch for funding, a task that requires them to show investors what their company can do for them.
Mike Baur wanted to form the SSUF because he realized a platform for bringing people with disruptive business ideas that investors could find attractive was mostly non-existent in Switzerland at the time. He was switching careers at this point after his previous years were spent in banking. Baur certainly had high hopes when he started out in banking at age 16 as an apprentice, and he had become an executive at the large commercial bank Clariden Leu by the time he had chosen to leave. But the reason he didn’t stay in banking forever was because Switzerland’s financial sector was changing since the 2008 housing crisis in the US had made its way over to the nation’s banks, and the overall reputation of banking had gone downhill.
Baur had a new vision in which Swiss investors would start taking new risks and encouraging younger generations to build their own wealth through disruptive business ideas. The SSUF has become the starting point for Baur’s vision because it’s been able to rapidly change concepts into execution, and once entrepreneurs have formed their teams and launch their brand, they’re given office space for their early stage. Mike Baur has had a keen interest in financial technology such as blockchain-based products and he’s now formed a partnership between the SSUF and Fintech Fusion to increase the accelerator’s focus in that niche.
Luiz Carlos Trabuco is one of the most significant employees in Bradesco bank which one of the largest banks in Brazil. He has been involved in all aspects of this institution’s development since he started his carrier. He has been known to be a very industrious, committed person who was dedicated to his work. He had a very humble beginning. He used to drive a long distance from where he lived considering that he was among the lowest paid employees at Bradesco at that time. That did not discourage him from chasing his dreams.
He began working at Bradesco at the age of 17 years where he first worked as a clerk. At this time, he had that urge to go for further education because he had a dream to work as one of the senior members of the company. He used to multi-task work with learning, but his efforts did not go unrewarded. He eventually obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Sao Paulo in Philosophy. He also went a step further to go for his master’s degree in Sociopsychology from the same university. That gave him more opportunities and a reason to get higher positions in the company.
He worked with no or less supervision because he was a self-driven character. That gave him an opportunity to be given job promotion to work as a marketing manager at Bradesco Seguros which is one of the Bradesco’s branches. While at this position, he worked with more effort to increase the market of this branch and managed to raise the profits to 26% which was a fantastic improvement to the senior members of Bradesco and the entire members of the company. The performance of its enterprises dramatically determines a firm’s success. In that case, increased profits realized in Bradesco Seguros caused a shoot in the entire firm’s net benefit from 25% to 35 %.
Due to Luiz Carlos competence and consistency in his commitment to the company, he was promoted to another rank where he was appointed as the director of marketing at Bradesco Bank. While at this position, he did a great deal in increasing the bank’s clients. He created ways which could improve the means through which more clients could access their services by creating market segments and popularizing the company through numerous advertisements. This eventually caused a shoot to even higher profits.
Luiz Carlos Trabuco has been a very patient person throughout his carrier since he was seventeen years old. It took him so many years to get promotions at different positions in Bradesco. He never gave up despite how long it took him to be at the pick. After 40 years of working at Bradesco, he managed to be the company’s CEO. His education also contributed to his success and higher job positions in Bradesco.
Luiz Carlos Trabuco always had in mind that sky is the limit in his carrier and he never looked back. He is now the highly paid CEO in the whole Brazil banking sector.
Adam Milstein often writes articles about how young Jews can become leaders and sometimes points to historical leaders who fought to preserve Israel’s history over the years, including the Maccabees. One of the most common issues he speaks about is antisemitism which he says has quietly gained footholds in various liberal universities across the US, and he says one reason for this is because groups affiliated with Hamas and the Muslim brotherhood have infiltrated activist groups. Milstein says Jewish-Americans need to be ready to fight against these groups not only possibly in physical combat, but in using the weapons of modern journalism and informing people. He also says they should be ready to call members of congress to make sure no laws are passed that would advocate boycotting Israel.
Adam Milstein calling for Israeli-Americans to rise up against the enemies of Israel may be something he does frequently due to bearing arms as a former member of the IDF. His father had fought for Israel back in the war of independence of 1948 and he followed that same path when he became 18. After he finished his military service, he went college at the Technion Institute of Technology to complete his business training. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he moved to the US with his wife Gila and daughters, and he completed his master’s degree at USC. Adam Milstein decided to go into real estate since it had a big chance for him to make money despite its risks. He became Managing Partner of a billion-dollar real estate firm known as Hager Pacific Properties.
Adam Milstein spends his time outside the offices of his company involved in philanthropy and campus activism groups. He cofounded the Milstein Family Foundation in 2000 which heads most of his philanthropy, and in 2007 he helped found the Israeli-American Council where he presides as Chairman. One of his favorite ways to promote Jewish activism is through videos, and he’s been a host of a video competition known as Inspired by Israel. His blogs on Jewish culture and issues have been written through the Jerusalem Post, the Times of Israle, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Jewish News Syndicate.
The confidence that Susan McGalla brings to the marketing industry is very amazing. She has proven herself to be one of the best in the business industry when it comes to marketing her brand. She was the founder of P3 Executive Consulting, and she has currently worked as the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development. Her resume is highly impressive, and she is showing people that she has the ability to manage talent.
When she joined American Eagle she knew that there were mostly males that were working with this company. She wanted to shift the focus beyond gender and put her time into simply making quality products. She moved up in the business world and accomplished a lot with American Eagle Outfitters. The revenues would reach more than 3 billion dollars. This is something that would change the way that people looked at McGalla. She would become one of the most sought after business leaders in the industry.
What Susan has done is create more opportunities for women to penetrate the business market. She has been able to become a dominate force that refused to let her gender become a stumbling block to her career goals. She wanted to break the glass ceiling, and she refused to let anything stand in her way.
Susan McGalla has a degree from Mount Union College, and she has taken pride in building a career after she earned a degree. She emphasizes that it is good to start a career with a solid education. Getting a college degree is important for many professionals. Susan believes that it is important to earn an education in marketing before trying to get into the business.
McGalla is the woman that has broken barriers and created her own lane. She has continued to break barriers because she has transitioned into a role with the Pittsburgh Steelers where she is one of the few women in a leadership role. Susan has been able to thrive because she has never been afraid to work in leadership roles in a male-dominated environment. She has been confident and assertive.