Sheldon Lavin’s OSI Group Appears On Forbes’ List Of The Largest Private Companies In America

In the Forbes’ 2017 ranking, OSI Group, a global food supplier, was listed in the 58th position among America’s largest private companies. With revenues of $6.1 billion, the company continues to expand its operations to different countries. The Illinois-based company supplies meat products like bacon, patties, hot dogs, fish pizza and poultry. In addition, OSI Group delivers other items like vegetables and sandwiches. Serving leading retail and foodservice brands, OSI Group has achieved tremendous success on the global market. The company’s success is anchored on Sheldon Lavin, the chairman and CEO of OSI Group. The visionary leader has guided the organization from a local hamburger supplier to an international leader in the food industry. Presently, OSI operates over 55 facilities in 16 countries.

Sheldon has had an overwhelming success in the food industry. Initially, Sheldon Lavin worked in competitive finance industry where he owned a consulting firm. In the course of his career, he was approached to arrange funding for Otto & Sons, a company that supplied hamburgers to McDonald’s Corporation in the Midwest. Sheldon became a partner of the firm. When Otto retired from the business, leaving the two sons in management, McDonald’s requested Lavin to be more involved to enable Otto & Sons brand to grow and evolve with their brand. With the passage of time, the two sons retired, leaving Sheldon in full control of the company, which he renamed to OSI Group. He concentrated on expanding the brand to new markets, including India, China, Philippines, Japan, and South Africa. The brand had initially solidified its presence in Europe and Brazil.

Sheldon Lavin’s transformative leadership at OSI Group has seen the corporation receive several recognitions and awards. In 2016, the leader was honored with the Global Visionary Award at the Gujrat Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The award, which celebrates exceptional leadership in numerous fields, recognized Sheldon’s leadership at OSI Group throughout its eight locations in India. In addition, OSI Group has received several awards celebrating their excellence in health and environmental management and safety risks. In 2016, The British Safety Council awarded OSI Food Solutions UK with the Globe of Honor award due to their outstanding strategies in the environmental management risk. In the same year, OSI Group won another environmental award. Sheldon has established a great team of worker who are not only talented, but also committed to enhancing both the company and clients’ success. OSI Group observes the highest levels of professionalism throughout their processes, including cooking, processing and packaging. Sheldon is determined to expand the brand’s foot print in the global market.

 

The Best of Betsy Devos

When it comes to gender equality, few women can compare to Betsy DeVos. Moreover, Betsy DeVos remains a looming figure in the area of gender equality. Four years, Betsy DeVos has dedicated her life to reforming education and fighting for the equal rights of all Americans. Moreover, Betsy DeVos remains the proud partner of Dick DeVos. As a successful business professional, Betsy DeVos remains one of the world’s wealthiest people. Also, Betsy DeVos remains a proud member of the Republican Party. Currently, she serves as the United States Secretary of Education. For those unaware, Betsy DeVos remains extremely popular in her political party. In particular, she remains popular in the areas of school choice, school voucher programs, and charter schools.

From 1992 to 1997, Betsy DeVos also worked for the Michigan Republican Party. Moreover, she won a reelection to her post. In addition, Betsy DeVos holds the distinction of being an advocate for the charter school system in Detroit. Currently, she also remains a member of the board of the foundation for excellence and education. For those unaware, Dick DeVos remains the former CEO of the company Amway. Moreover, Richard DeVos remains her father-in-law. To expound further, she hails from a unique background. Moreover, her brother remains a founder of Blackwater USA. In 2016 alone, DeVos and her husband have appeared in Forbes and with a net worth around $5.4 billion dollars. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.com.

During the presidential campaign, President Trump made it clear that he would nominate DeVos for the United States Secretary of Education position. As the daughter of a billionaire industrialist, Betsy grew up in a welcoming household. Moreover, she possesses Dutch ancestry. In addition, Betsy DeVos’ father remains the founder of Prince Corporation. During her early life, she remained a student at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While there, she excelled academically. Furthermore, Betsy DeVos remains a philanthropist at heart. Moreover, her family remains known for their philanthropic work. Throughout the years, they have donated countless dollars to charitable causes. In 1989, the couple launched the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.

In 2015 alone, the couple made $11.6 million dollars in charitable contributions. In total, their charitable giving exceeds $139 million dollars. In particular, their foundation has donated to hospitals, healthcare research, arts organizations, and so forth. Moreover, she remains renowned for her school voucher support. For those unaware, school vouchers would allow students to attend private schools with public funding. As a result, she has received numerous awards and accolades. In Detroit, Betsy DeVos remains honored for her educational efforts there. Due to her tenacity, she has single-handedly reformed school system there. In closing, Betsy DeVos has paved the way for countless women around the world. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.

Business, Politics, Philosophy And Philanthropy; Gorge Soros Of Many Trades

87 years old Hungarian born billionaire and founder of the ‘Open Society Foundations’, George Soros is one of few billionaires who understand what it actually means to give back to the society. The billionaire investor whose present net worth is valued at twenty five billion dollars by Forbes is alleged by ‘Open Society Foundations’, a social justice and philanthropic organization he founded, to have spent well over twelve billion dollars to date on philanthropic causes. This rare level and magnitude of generosity makes George Soros one of the foremost philanthropists in the world. Soros specifically targets organizations and individuals across the world promoting accountable governance, transparency, freedom of expression, education, justice and equality. From groups representing LGBTI, to sex workers, drug users, ex-convicts, to groups representing Europe’s Roma people, to groups promoting liberal political ideas, George Soros apparently has a soft spot for the less privilege and loves to support causes he believes in with all he has. Read more about George at The New York Times.

In the area of business, George Soros cut his teeth as a big business man in the early 1900’s when he traded against the British Pounds, earning him regards and comparison with great business men like Warren Buffet and J.P. Morgan. His bet against the British Pounds allegedly broke the Britain’s monetary system and he bagged over a billion dollars in this period. Soros repeated the same stunt during the Asia financial crisis, which raised concerns from certain quarters labeling Soros as a business man who capitalizes on catastrophe, with the then Malaysian prime minster accusing Soros of being responsible for the fall of their currency by about 15%. Soros left Hungary in 1947 for England where he read philosophy under the tutelage of Karl Popper at the London School of Economics.

Soros worked as a night-club waiter and later worked as a railway porter to see himself through school. Upon his graduation, he wrote to the managing director of all the merchant banks in London, seeking interviews but only got about two replies (according to Reuters). Of all the other low points to choose from, Soros always describes the period after graduating from school as the low-point of his life, as he was humiliated at several job interviews. Soros began his professional career as a salesman in a fancy-goods wholesale company. Eventually, Soros was got a Clerk job at ‘Singer & Friedlander’, a London Merchant bank, whose managing director was Hungarian. Soros later moved to New York early 1950’s and secured a job with F.M. Mayer and later working in various firms as a stock trader and analyst before establishing his own company in 1970, (Soros Fund Management). Investment veterans like Stanley Druckenmiller and Jim Rogers worked for Soros before moving on to establish their own company.

According to Open Society Foundation, Soros started his philanthropy significantly in 1979 by giving out scholarships and basic aids to black South Africans facing apartheid, before contributing heavily to open exchange of ideology in the Eastern bloc of the Communist by sponsoring the purchase of photocopiers to reprint banned text.

It probably wouldn’t be out of place to assume that the kindness George Soros expresses towards the less privilege is born of the fact that he witnessed intolerance and oppression firsthand while growing up during the Nazi occupation of Hungary in 1944/45, which led to the death of over 400,000 Hungarian Jews. Soros and his nuclear family were able to escape using false documents to conceal their identity and helping hundreds of others to do the same. This horrible experience probably explains how Soros developed the ideals of being kind and empathetic to the oppressed. The Open Society Foundation has been the main avenue Soros has used in his philanthropy operation till date.

Soros has always been critical of Republican policies, from the Iraqi war in the W. Bush era to the Donald Trump executive orders which he deems separatist and anti-democracy. According to beneficiaries of his kindness, they say the world will be a better place if all billionaires where like Soros. Know more on cnbc.com about George Soros.