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Dr. Mark McKenna

In a recent interview, Dr. Mark McKenna stated that his strategy for helping him grow his business is the be surrounded by people who are smarter than himself. Dr. McKenna is a very energetic, and knowledgeable entrepreneur as well as a licensed medical and surgical Doctor. Dr. McKenna MD, MBA graduated from the Tulane University Medical School in Louisiana. After graduating from Medical School, he went into practice with his father. It was during this time that he launched his first business, McKenna Venture Investments, a real estate firm. He later launched Universal Mortgage Lending, which offered design building. He also acquired Uptown Title, Inc. with services in real estate closing, and finance.

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Mark McKenna had successful businesses as well as a medical practice. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Louisiana Coast, and the city of New Orleans, leaving many business interest in uncertainty. Dr. Mark McKenna began participating in the relief effort by helping to develop low to moderate income housing for the many people that were displaced by the total devastation of the city. After the tireless efforts of professional like Dr. Mark McKenna, the city started to rebuild, and restructure. When he had completed the project of redevelopment in New Orleans, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Mark McKenna continue his entrepreneurial projects by launching Shape Med, which was a wellness medical center. He later sold it to Life Time Fitness Inc. where Dr. McKenna served as the National Medical Director. In 2016 Dr. McKenna Became the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of OVME, a consumer facing, medical company that is technology based, and focused on elective healthcare. Dr. McKenna is married, and he and his wife, Gianine, have two daughters. When recently asked what habit of his made him a more productive entrepreneur, he proudly revealed that he was an avid reader. One trend that pleases him more than any other is the decline in smoking. He continues his entrepreneurial endeavors while he still enjoys his passion for practicing medicine.

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OSI GROUP ACHIEVEMENTS OVER THE YEARS

OSI Group is the leading global supplier of food products that are custom value added to the world’s leading retail and foodservice brands. OSI Group offers extensive capability in distributing, produce, source and develop food solutions to every corner in the world. This is possible because of the availability of financial and infrastructure resources. OSI Group is present in 17 countries with over 60 facilities.

UK OSI Food Solutions Awarded

In 2016, UK OSI Food Solutions was awarded Globe of Honor Award following the impeccable management of environmental risks. This award was from the British Safety Council. OSI was among 18 organizations presented with the award that seeks to recognize organizations that have exhibit eminence in environmental management. In order for the organizations to qualify, participate in the Globe of Honor they had to fulfill a few things.

One, achieving a maximum of five stars environmental management audit scheme by British Safety Council. They also had to demonstrate excellent environmental management through the business to an independent panel of experts.

OSI Food Solutions UK has previously won the Globe Honor in 2015 and 2013. OSI production in the UK has been in operation since 1989 and it is located in Scunthorpe. It produces pork and beef products for restaurant industry.

OSI Group purchase a warehouse in Chicago

OSI Group has purchased a 200,000 square foot food facility with a storage warehouse in Chicago. The facility that was previously operated by the Tyson Foods is near to existing OSI facility. According to Kevin Scott, OSI North America senior executive vice president, the facility will enhance the company’s capability to meet the rapidly evolving needs of its customers. The facility serves as part of the larger OSI manufacturing Network.

Flagship Europe acquiring by OSI Group

Aurora III, OSI Group has acquired Flagship Europe, part of Flagship Food Group in Denver, Colo. Flagship Europe supplies pies, mayonnaise, frozen poultry, sauces, dressings, and sous vide products to the United Kingdom foodservice market.

According to Russell Maddock, Flagship Europe chief executive, the acquisition marks a progressive and exciting development of the Flagship Europe. The acquisition will give additional resources and access to the global market and new clients strengthening their position in the marketplace. It will also improve Flagship Europe proposition, open up new opportunities enabling them to support the already successful business, and serve their customers better. Flagship Europe portfolio of brands and products complements OSI Group current processing strengths while broadening their capability to serve their customers evolving needs better.

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Sheldon Lavin Continues to Grow OSI Group Globally

Mr. Sheldon Lavin began from a humble background to become the Chief Executive Officer of one of the world’s leading food processing companies. Over time, OSI Group has built an impressive profile that is dated 100 years back. Otto Kolschowsky started OSI Group in 1909 as a butter shop and meat market. Today, it has grown to become one of the world’s leading food processing plants with over 60 facilities and partners all over the world. With a focus on sustainability and green practices, Mr. Sheldon Lavin continues to use strategic market-oriented approaches to push OSI Group onto the international scene.

OSI Group’s growth started in 1995 after becoming the first supplier of hamburgers to McDonald’s. In 1973, it opened a processing plant that would serve McDonald’s. Afterward, Sheldon Lavin was incorporated as the firm’s managing partner following the retirement of Otto Kolschowsky. As McDonald’s continued rapid growth, Mr. Lavin helped steer OSI Group into the global market. Otto & Sons Company changed rebranded to OSI Group in 1975. As of the 1980s, OSI Group had already expanded to Brazil, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, and Spain. Later on, it opened two processing facilities in the United States. In the early 1990s, OSI Group began new facilities in China, Poland, Mexico, and the Philippines while beefing up its operations in the United States.

Upon the arrival of the new millennium, OSI Group launched an aggressive expansion of its poultry operations in different countries. OSI Group launched its acquisition plan in the 2000s after breaking into the fresh produce market in China. An acquisition in Australia brought OSI Group into Australia’s beef industry. In 2006, OSI Group acquired a stake in a US-based poultry firm to meet the needs of its growing clientele base. In 2010, OSI Group entered into the Japanese beef industry by opening a beef production company. OSI Group continues to open new facilities in Canada and India while beefing up its operations in the United States.

Mr. Sheldon Lavin has been working at OSI Group for the past 43 years. Upon his arrival in 1970, Mr. Lavin brought a drive to succeed along with his extensive experience in investment and banking industry. His relentless efforts helped push OSI Group onto the international scene and success in the late 1970s. At 85 years of age, Mr. Lavin seems not to be slowing down. He continues to promote sustainability and green practices to improve the living standards of the surrounding communities.

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OSI Group Makes The World A Better Place To Eat

The history of OSI Group / Industries dates back to a German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky, arriving to the United States in 1907 and two years later, in 1909 started his family meat market business in Oak Park, Illinois. Eight years later, in 1917, he expanded his business to include wholesale meats and relocated his family startup to Maywood, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). This family business was called Otto & Sons as of 1928 and over many years hence became known as having a great reputation for selling quality meat products.

McDonald’s startup opened in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955 and chose Otto & Sons as their sole meat supplier. The deal was sealed with a handshake between Ray Kroc, McDonald’s founder and CEO, and the “Sons” of Otto and Sons. Such a deal not only established a business relationship between the two parties but a personal one as well.

As the years progressed, Otto and Sons’ primary business was to supply McDonald’s with high quality beef patties to all of their restaurants nationally and internationally as well.

Nearly twenty years later (1973), Otto & Sons established its first leading, high quality, high-volume, meat plant using Cryogenic food processing where liquid nitrogen is used for freezing and preserving fresh foods. This process was discovered in the 1960’s and enabled McDonald’s to continue high quality production with minimal amount of meat suppliers. Otto & Sons continued to be one of McDonald’s suppliers and changed their name from Otto & Sons to OSI Group Industries.

To date, OSI Group Industries had over sixty five locations in approximately seventeen countries. This enables OSI to provide a world of food solutions as needed.

OSI also provides products and services for Subway, Starbucks, Pizza Hut just to name s few. In addition, OSI delivers more than just beef patties. They also deliver pork, poultry, fish, and other meat products (not just patties). For more info about us: https://www.linkedin.com/company/osi-industries click here.

Lastly, OSI buys and sells globally and has locations in Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Hungary, The Netherlands, The Philippines , United Kingdom and the United States.

The OSI Group Industries believes in and is driven by the need to provide excellence to their customers and facilities. This is done with the use of Global Councils where ideas are expressed, advice and suggestions are communicated globally and solutions are delivered worldwide. OSI Group will continue to thrive and expand and improve in the food industry all over the world.

Contributions of Eric Pulier in the World

Harvard University is a great institution, and that is why many people expect those that graduate from the school to be great thinkers. Also, for one to attend Harvard University he must have excellent credentials, and one must work hard to achieve what others expect from them. That is the situation faced by Eric Pulier who happened to attend the great institution. His parents noted that Eric was intelligent and bright even when he was a kid and they ensured that he went to the right schools so that he can succeed and achieve his dreams. That is why he worked hard and finally secured a chance at Harvard University where he continued to excel in different fields such as being an author and also a technology expert.

Today Eric Pulier is seen as someone who has achieved great things, and he is now a leader in the society. Many entrepreneurs look up to him to get advice because they know what he has been able to achieve. Pulier has therefore lived to the expectations of different people as they can see what he has been able to achieve. Today he is an innovator who has started different companies which have succeeded. Mr. Pulier started what is known as Starbright World to help young people realize their dreams. Kids should be in touch with the reality of this world, and that is why he began Starbright World.

Eric is a successful entrepreneur in a time when technology has developed, and things are now being done with ease. He is one person who has worked hard to ensure that he contributes to the development of technology to help others achieve what they want in life. That is why Pulier has started a company that is called People Doing Things so that he can make use of technology to improve various sectors such as education and healthcare. He is also the person behind Digital Evolution.

It is also important to note that Eric Pulier is also happy when he takes part in contributing to those that are disadvantaged in the society. He ensures that those that do not have much in society can still live a comfortable life.

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Erik Pulier Guide to Success in Entrepreneurship

Erik Pulier showed signs of becoming a successful entrepreneur at an early age. He began coding when he was in the 4th grade when his schoolmates were still attempting to master arithmetic and reading. His passion led him to create a database computer company in high school. He created this company when he worked at the 7/11 convenience store. After high school, he attended college at Harvard University where he majored in English and America Literature. Erik Pulier graduated from Harvard magna cum laude in 1988.

After Pulier graduated from Harvard he moved to Las Angeles California. One of Puliers first ventures was an organization called People Doing Things. It emphasized the integration of technology in healthcare and educational systems. The next project he developed was Digital Evolution which merged with US Interactive LLC. Other companies soon followed such as Akana, Desktone and Media Platform.

Erik Pulier distributes his time between his four kids, running multiple businesses and being a venture capitalist. He attributes his successful entrepreneur career to his commitment to innovation and his grit. He contributes some of his innovative ideas to connections he made between different concepts. In order to make these connections, he reads about subjects that he isn’t familiar with. For example, he likes to read about the human brain and how it works. His college experience is a testament to this strategy. Instead of studying computer science he studied English and American Literature. Combining this with the ability to push through difficult times makes for a winning combination for a successful entrepreneur.

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Businessman Flavio Maluf Talks About Being an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are often the most respected and admired individuals. However, one thing that comes with being an entrepreneur is having to hear about the myths of being an entrepreneur. As a matter of fact, it is not uncommon for people to hear about these myths or believe them before they become entrepreneurs. Fortunately, there are businessmen like Flavio Maluf that are willing to set the record straight for people that are willing to become entrepreneurs. One of the most important things for people to do is make sure that they know what they are getting into before they try to jump into everything.

 

One thing that Flavio Maluf sets straight about being an entrepreneur is the idea of not having to answer to a boss or having to account to anything. The truth is that even though there is some sort of freedom to being an entrepreneur, one has to make sure that he is able to meet the needs. After all, in order to make money, people are going to need clients. In a way, the clients are the boss of the entrepreneur because they decide whether the person has done a good enough job in order to be paid.

 

Another common myth that could trip new entrepreneurs up is the amount of time they have to put in. While it is true that one can set their own hours as entrepreneurs, many successful entrepreneurs find themselves working more hours and taking on more responsibilities than they would as employees. Also, many entrepreneurs are not paid by the hour. Instead, they are paid by how much work they get done. Therefore, it is more important than ever to keep up with the productivity. For one thing, being an entrepreneur is working for a different type of boss. The amount of money made is going to speak for the amount of work that is done. https://br.linkedin.com/in/flavio-maluf-172147b3

Highland Capital Gives to Yet Another Organization

The president of Highland Capital announced that the firm had committed a grant towards helping The Family Place last October. James Dondero said that the firm would match a fifty percent of all the funds donated to the organization until April this year. He said that Highland Capital would match the funds up to the tune of a million dollars. He made the announcement at Texas Trailblazer Awards of the Family Place that was held at the Hilton Anatole. Highland gave a hundred thousand dollars at the time of the announcement. The Family Place had raised $200,000.

 

The Family Place is an organization that supports victims of family violence in Dallas. They are seeking to raise three million dollars towards their Legacy Campaign that supports the building of a counseling center in the city. The center will serve family violence victims. It will be named the Ann Moody Place. It will have the capacity to host more than two thousand people in a year. They are constructing it because of the limited space of the current center.

 

The center will have a medical clinic, job-training spaces, a hotline center, and several bedrooms in the case of an emergency. There will be several counseling rooms where children and adults can be guided privately or in a group. The Ann Moody place will feature an animal shelter because many victims of violence are afraid to leave their pets. The Be Project is an organization that offers teenage violence prevention education. It will be housed at the agency. The project reaches more than five thousand teens each year. It has been very effective.

 

James Dondero co-founded Highland Capital with Mark Okada in 1993. He has worked at big financial firms such as American Express, Protective Life, and JP Morgan. He attended the University of Virginia where he graduated with dual majors in Accounting and Finance. Dondero is a Certified Management Accountant, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a Certified Public Accountant. Dondero is the chair of the boards of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical, and NexBank. He once served on the boards of MGM Studios and American Banknote.

Sawyer Howitt and the Meriwether Group

Under the direction of CEO and father of Sawyer Howitt, David Howitt, the Meriwether Group is a one stop shop for any business in need of acceleration, advice, and/or capital options. Sawyer Howitt is the son of David Howitt and is a recent high school graduate and elite racquetball player. While the Meriwether group is not under the direction of Sawyer Howitt at this time there is no doubt that the Meriwether group will thrive in the future when Sawyer Howitt takes on a leadership role.

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Tips on being a good manager

– Try to lead, and avoid being bossy. The difference between a boss and a leader is, the former only has himself in mind, while the latter puts the interest of his people before his. This way, a boss demands respect, whereas a leader earns it. Josh states that only leaders succeed in life.

– The leader looks at a situation from both sides of the coin, then strives to achieve a win-win situation. Being selfless, the leader would want to win and at the same time, want the society and employees to also win. He urges leaders never to go for a win-loss situation.

– The CEO of Flocku.com explains that, the reason one has one mouth and two ears is so that they could talk less and listen more. It is a virtue of a great leader to listen. He admits that few words bear much power.

– As much as one needs to focus on their business, a manager should find time for other things, such as family. He encourages leaders to balance their lives. Focusing too much on one thing will kill the chances of the other being great. Progress has to reflect in all areas of life. Make even the tiniest of efforts to improve not only our work life, but also your relationships, health, and personal growth.

– It is passion that drives people to success. Waking up in the morning to do something you aren’t passionate about can be difficult.

About Josh Verne

The CEO of Flocku.com is undoubtedly a successful figure in business. Josh Verne boasts an enviable career. He sharpened his management skills when he served as co-president at Home Line Furniture. Later, he went ahead to form workpays.me. The online platform acts as a marketplace, which allows one to make purchases, deducting them from their payroll. He founded the company together with Jon Dorfman, his childhood best friend.

Mr. Josh Verne later sold workpays.me for a fortune. He then went ahead to form Flocku.com, a company which he currently heads. The company is based in Pennsylvania. It works to enable college students to exchange content through peer-to-peer connections. The company was formed this year and has skyrocketed in terms of growth and the profits it is making.

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