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The Impact of OSI Food Solutions

by Chris Holden - December 1st, 2019

OSI Food Solutions is the largest world wide food provider for leading food service and retail food brands. OSI’s mission is to provide precisely what the customer wants when it comes to custom food solutions. At OSI, bringing a customer’s idea to life is achieved by bouncing and exploring innovative ideas within the team, allowing for wholesome partnering relationships to be build and acting with integrity with each partner.

OSI Food Solutions has been a trustworthy, professional supply chain since 1909 when the company was first founded in Chicago by Otto Kolschowsky as a family owned meat market. Then in 1955, OSI was selected as McDonald’s first major supplier of fresh ground beef. In over 100 years of company growth, OSI continued to successfully spread throughout 17 countries and regions. Some of these include, Brazil, Australia, Germany, India and Spain to name a few.

Because of its worldwide impact, OSI has an incomparable knowledge of worldwide cuisine and shocking culinary skill.

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As OSI Food Solutions has expanded to different regions, they have entered into a profit transfer agreement with OSI Food Solutions Germany. The goal here is to distribute meat or other related food products. As well as supplying services related to food production.

At OSI, the impact food businesses have on the world matters. OSI strives to maintain a sustainable relationship with the environment, therefore business is managed within the social, environmental and economic framework areas in which business is operated in. OSI’s goal is to always keep growing and finding ways to improve sustainability.

Animals are treated respectfully in supply chain an animal welfare practices are led to decrease antimicrobial’s and ensure consumers health and welfare.

As for the sustainability of the environment, OSI aims to reduce the harsh environmental impact by the responsible use of natural resources. This includes reducing waste, using water in a sustainable manner, reducing GCH emissions and adapting to constantly changing environments.

The social impact is just as important to OSI, this is why they are committed to maintaining safe work environments where every employee’s rights are protected. The respect and empowerment of workers makes for a healthy sustainable work environment. Check out:

Talkspace and Co-Founder Oren Frank’s Personal Journey

by Chris Holden - November 30th, 2019

Talkspace is one of the most used text therapy apps in the world. Because of its co-founder and CEO, Oren Frank, Talkspace has grown to become one of the largest therapy apps around the world. The way that Talkspace works is by allowing people to connect with therapists from all walks of life. This means that you can video chat, text or audio message your therapist from virtually any type of mobile device that you own. Not only does this save users time, but it can also be a lot more affordable when compared to going to see a good local therapist. Visit Bloomberg to know more about Oren Frank

There are many things that Oren Frank does to improve his company. Talkspace was founded in 2012 as a way to bring therapy to people who were unable to access it previously. Oren Frank is also a contributor to a variety of blogs around the internet, but can regularly be seen writing for the HuffPost. He writes a lot on mental health awareness and how therapy can truly help when it comes to giving people the hope that they need. He has worked to develop, launch and improve Talkspace since it was created many years ago.

While there are many other text therapy apps that have come around since Talkspace, Oren Frank’s company is still one of the most popular and has been used by millions of people worldwide. When Oren Frank isn’t working on his company or helping to bring awareness to mental health issues, you can find him spending time with his family in New York City. He regularly travels the world as a way to help bring about an awareness that many people do not have when it comes to mental health problems and issues that people may face on a regular basis in their lives. Read More:

The achievements of Sudhir Choudhrie

by Chris Holden - November 28th, 2019

Sudhir Choudhrie is a very popular entrepreneur who is now living in London with this family. He is living with his wife Anita and his two children Bhanu and Dhairya. He is an Indian by birth and he had spent a major part of his life in India. He started his career in India and has gained a lot of experience investing in many ventures in India.

Sudhir Choudhrie graduated from the University of Delhi and he then started his own trading business. He started his own company which is called Magnum International trading company in 1975. It was a huge success and the main objective of the company was to help strengthen the relationship of the company with foreign companies and the company did it well. He gained experience in how to gain customers and how to deal with them which later in his life was very useful.

Sudhir Choudhrie is a strategic investor and he had done many ventures with reputable institutions that were all huge commercial successes. He did a joint project with the Taj Resorts and launched TaJ Kerela and four other local resorts. He also formed an alliance with Adidas AG which resulted in the formation of Adidas Indian Trading in 2005. The company made good quality products that became popular very quickly. His other notable venture was with Air Deccan which was India’s first commercial airplane that provided the customers a nice flying experience on a budget. It started with only one airplane but soon it became very profitable and was carrying about 7 million passengers per day.

Sudhir Choudhrie is also a philanthropist. He is involved with many charity works and projects that are aimed to make the life of people better in India, the UK, and the USA. He had a heart transplant operation in 1999. He was greatly involved in charity after that event.

Sudhir Choudhrie is also a great writer and he has interests in business, politics and many other things that he writes about in his books. He had achieved a lot in his life and many people are inspired by him.

Meet Mauricio Mendonca Godoy, a Successful Businessman in the Construction Sector

by Chris Holden - November 27th, 2019

With his advancement in higher education, Maurício Mendonça Godoy has climbed the ladder from the junior positions to the executive positions of several companies. At one point he served as a chief operating officer of Setal, a company based in Brazil. He portrayed his leadership skills in this company to the extent that he held many departments in the same company. It was his excellent leadership as the Chief Operating Officer of Setal that saw him appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of SOG, a position he held in the company from the year 2010 to 2013. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Toyo Setals from the year 2012 to the year 2015 when he was engaged by Estaleiros Construction Company to become its Chief Executive Officer.

Currently, he is the president and the Chief Executive Officer of Estaleiros shipbuilding company in Brazil. With his knowledge and experience in petroleum production, engineering, and business administration, Maurício Mendonça Godoy has managed his firm to produce the most rated floating products and offloading ships. Since 2015 when Mauricio became the Chief Executive Officer of this company, he has worked smart to continue building on the company’s positive reputation in the construction field. Maurício Mendonça Godoy has used the knowledge and experience that he has gained from his past positions he has held in other companies.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Estaleiros, Mauricio has led to the establishment of several major projects such as the construction of EBR shipyard and expansion of the NGPU. Also, he led the publication of the book known as Integrated Sytems for the Management of Companies, which was published by Abemi. Maurício Mendonça Godoy is most remembered for the construction of the shipyard, in the year 2013. The decision to build a shipyard was brought about by the demand for new floating production storage and offloading avenues. In conclusion, what helps Mauricio to bring ideas to life is the fact that he involves his managers and other employees in his decisions. Everyone in the organization is of equal important regardless of the position held. Teamwork is the key to the success of any organization.

Maarten De Jeu Smart Investment And Diversification

by Chris Holden - November 26th, 2019

For Fortune 100 companies, Maarten De Jeu is a highly recognized strategic advisor. He assists individual investors in attaining long and short-term investment goals by using investment opportunities in commercial real estate to their advantage. He teaches that it is extremely beneficial to use commercial real estate as a pillar of investment holdings. He also advises that becoming involved in real estate is now easier as the opportunity to invest in real estate has become more accessible for average investors. These hard asset investments are lucrative and in the past were only reserved for institutions or extremely wealthy investors. With increased access to projects in commercial real estate, individual investors can pool their investment efforts.

Maarten De Jeu realizes how broad the category is for commercial real estate investment in for-profit properties. These include office buildings, warehouses, industrial parks, multi-use complexes, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and retail spaces. The difference between commercial and residential properties is that residential properties are used solely as housing. Commercial properties, on the other hand, are typically a great deal larger and significantly more expensive to build, purchase and maintain than single-family homes. This is what prevented individual investors from taking advantage of commercial real estate investment opportunities. Recent changes in the laws that affect investment allow expanded access to the benefits of commercial real estate ownership equity.

The 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS) was one of the largest changes in recent years. The act permitted businesses to use crowdfunding to attract individual investors who otherwise did not have sufficient enough capital to invest in a new business venture. This differs from crowdfunding’s donation model where individuals contribute to a cause without ownership or a return on their investment. At a minimum of $5,000, non-accredited investors can invest in commercial real estate that has been pre-selected. One option available to commercial real estate crowdfunding investors is the monthly collection of interest payments form a borrower’s secured loan payments. Either option allows the investor to reinvest gains from the initial investment into other invests that will allow tax advantages.

Unlike traditional investments involving stocks and bonds, investment in commercial real estate is based on particular assets that do not involve selling the investment according to market fluctuations. As well, property investment is insulated from the factors that make stock market investing risky. There are also minimal associated investment fees. Securing mutual funds and a traditional investment portfolio requires a certified financial advisor whereas commercial real estate investment does not require the same level of management fees. Tracking and monitoring the performance of the individual real estate investor’s assets is highly efficient and cost-effective for them due to having online access. Learn more:

It is wise for any investor to prioritize diversification in terms of investment strategies. There are diversification opportunities in commercial real estate that simply do not exist in traditional investments. An expected return form monthly rent reduces concerns about dips in the stock market as those changes do not affect the occupancy of a building or the amount of rent collected.

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Isabel Dos Santos Has Made Important Commentary On The Topic Of Expanding Energy Availability Across The African Sector:

by Chris Holden - November 24th, 2019

Isabel dos Santos, a key leader of business in Africa, recently opened up on the topic of the importance of continued investment into the continent’s energy sector. She has stated that continued investment efforts into this sector are essential to make it possible for 5G communication capabilities to be brought to the continent. There is a strong desire among the major telecom operations in Africa to get 5G network technology distributed to customers, but a significant boost in the energy availability must accompany this effort. Isabel dos Santos pointed this out during a conference she spoke at in South Africa. There have been major efforts from private sector entities in recent years to boost the telecommunications capacity in the continent and she has stressed that she wants to see a similar trend occur with the ever-important energy sector. The tremendous respect that Isabel commands in international business circles means that her opinions on this topic will be considered quite heavily.

There are many reasons for a significant increase in the availability of both energy and communications capabilities. Isabel dos Santos points to the fact that the total population in the continent is expected to rise to the 2.4 billion level. This represents a significant increase from the current population of 1.2 billion. This rate exceeds other areas of global population such as China. With this in mind, the time is here for the private sector to act on this issue and put major capital resources into the expansion of the energy sector.

A major prediction that has been put forward by Isabel dos Santos is the idea that the next major wave of business in the continent is going to be focused on areas such as e-commerce, and other areas of the digital business sector. This underscores the importance of bringing 5G level communications technology to the continent. This point circles back to Isabel’s original point of the importance of upgrading the energy sector so that this other needed upgrade can be fully implemented. This is certainly an area of business that she plans to put a large amount of her concentration on.

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Toyo Setal Secures COMPERJ

by Chris Holden - November 24th, 2019

The company Petrobras has had an open bid for its construction project in Rio De Janeiro by the name of Petrochemical Complex or COMPERJ originally started in 2015. Many companies were very interested in securing this bid to complete the project because Petrobras currently has an exclusive portfolio. Toyo Setal, of brazil, sought to obtain the bid working rigorously on their proposal to Petrobras. According to Rafael Ribeiro de Mendonca Lima the commercial manager of Toyo Setal, there were specialists hired from various fields to make visits to the site to evaluate what was needed to ensure their proposal was presentable and complete. Petrobras decided to only work with companies that were registered with them for this bid and choosing the one that had the skill and finances to complete the project. The clear choice was Toyo Setal.

Although it took over a year before TS won the bid and they will have the chance to complete construction of the Rio de Janeiro Petrochemical Complex (COMPERJ). Their exclusive contract was signed on September 16th and their given deadline to complete the work is 18 months long. On October 14th Petrobras issues TS the “AS” Services authorization. This project is important and meaningful to Toyo Setal because this bid is symbolic of their long-term relationship with Petrobras, one of their largest customers. The secure of this bid is not only fantastic news for TS but it can help the city of Itaborai a municipality of Rio De Janeiro.

The city is currently in an economic downfall, because of the lack of work there. This project is creating thousands of jobs, it’s estimated for every job it creates four indirect jobs, which can result in up to 5,000 new jobs for the residents of Italborai. This project is a godsend to the people and can likely help the city out of its economic crisis. This makes this project have an incredibly positive outlook before it’s full inception. Toyo Setal is a company from brazil focusing on industrial opportunities and the production of projects centered on Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Commissioning or EPC. Read More.

SudhirChoudhrie: An Entreprenuer with a Heart

by Chris Holden - November 23rd, 2019

Sudhir Choudhrie is an innovative and highly successful entrepreneur. He is well known for his wide variety of business ventures, as well as being highly involved in matters regarding politics, diplomacy, philanthropy, and international commerce. Choudhrie began his career in his birth country of India by founding the Magnum International Trading Company LTD nearly 45 years ago. From there he would go on to establish a partnership with Taj Hotels Resorts and create several luxury resorts. Later he would continue to expand his extensive, varied portfolio by investing in the then young company of Air Deccan, the first Indian-based budget airline, which now services millions of customers each year. Today, Sudhir Choudhrie resides in London where he uses his expertise to mentor at the C&C Alpha Group, an equity firm headquartered in London. With the C&C Alpha Group he has been instrumental in helping to grow Alpha Hospitals and Alpha Aviation Group.

Along with his business prowess, Sudhir Choudhrie is well-respected for his political work and involvement in foreign affairs. He has been the Republic of Latvia’s Honorary Consul General and is currently an advisor for the UK Liberal Democrat’s President. He is also an avid philanthropist, contributing to the Colombia University Medical Center and setting up the Stellar International Art Foundation. Additionally he created the Choudhrie Family Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to researching and fighting against cardiovascular disease, as well as providing information to encourage the education of the general public in matters related to this cause. Sudhir Choudhrie also has contributed his influence to Education with his work at Oxford University, where he is an honorary Radcliffe Fellow of Green Templeton College. His work with Oxford also includes being a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle and was instrumental in setting up an Emerging Markets Symposium that takes place every year.

The Future of Healthcare and Medicine, According to Jack Plotkin

by Chris Holden - November 21st, 2019

Jack Plotkin

Healthcare rarely remains stagnant. Professionals in that field continually seek out new innovations that can then be used to engineer new treatment methods. Diseases that would have gone untreated or even undetected years ago can now be addressed promptly by doctors and other medical professionals with more advanced tools at their disposal.

But what if technology could go even beyond that? What if the medical technology available to us could prevent health emergencies from happening in the first place?

Virtual Health Chief Technology Officer Jack Plotkin can envision such a future.

In a post on Professional Tales, Plotkin wrote about the future he sees as a possibility for medicine and the healthcare industry as a whole. He mentions his belief that we are firmly in the “sunrise of digital therapeutics,” and that is an exciting proposition.

According to Plotkin, this dawning of a new era in medicine can soon lead to programs and devices becoming our allies in the battle to maintain our health. It’s not farfetched to think that soon, that future could indeed become our reality.

The reason to be optimistic about that kind of future being realized is that important information about our health is becoming more readily available. Along with the clinical data that doctors and other medical professionals can tally themselves, devices can also be used to track the environmental and societal factors that can impact our health.

Jack Plotkin

Plotkin also reminds us that we already have the machines needed to collect all the relevant data concerning our health. While the technology we currently have may not be fully capable of making sense of all that data at the moment, the machines will get better at that over time.

Even data privacy concerns that could potentially derail the advancement of digital therapeutics can be mitigated in large part by the regulatory bodies in the United States.

We aren’t there just yet, but tech-savvy thinker Jack Plotkin believes that we will soon reach the point when learning the specifics about your health can be as easy as asking an electronic device nearby.

Sheldon Lavin Strives For Continued Growth Of OSI Group

by Chris Holden - November 21st, 2019

OSI Group, LLC is an American meat & meatless processor and privately owned company headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. When Sheldon Lavin joined the company as an independent financial consultant in 1970, he was a young entrepreneur seeking success. His works entailed raising capital for building its first processor in Chicago to fulfill a supplier partnership with McDonald’s Corporation. After years of working with Otto & Sons, Inc, the former name of OSI Group, he formed a long-lasting relationship with the Kolschowshy family. He adopted the vision of Founder Otto Kolschowshy in striving for continue growth.

Timeline of Company’s Growth

When Otto Kolschowshy came to Chicago in the US, he built his meat and butchering business from 1909 to 1928. He named his company Otto & Sons and won his first contract with McDonald’s in 1955 as its meat supplier. Sixteen years later, Mr. Kolschowshy hired Sheldon Lavin to use his expertise in financing and accounting to expand locally. Lavin raised funds to build the company’s first facility only for processing beef patties for McDonald’s.

Sheldon Lavin worked with the Kolschowshy family to open the Utah facility in West Jordan in 1977. A year later, he introduced OSI to German markets and formed a joint venture agreement with Lutz Fleischawaren AG. Germany is the birthplace of Otto Kolschowshy which was an honor to expand his company. Between 1978 to 1980, Mr. Lavin continued expansion to Spain and Brazil. He has facilities, offices and branches in 17 countries.

Sheldon Lavin holds a bachelor of science degree in business from Roosevelt University. After receiving a BS, he studied finance and accounting while gaining knowledge in financials, investments and negotiation. While working under the leadership of Otto Kolschowshy, Lavin learned about the food production industry and embraced his vision.

When Mr. Kolschowshy and his sons retired from the company, he acquired ownership of OSI Group and its affiliates. Mr. Lavin serves as CEO and Chairman of OSI Group and continues with strategies for further growth. OSI’s latest partnership is with Impossible Foods to co-manufacture meatless patties. OSI is a supplier for Burger King, which introduced the Impossible Burger this year.