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OSI Group: A Model for Health and Safety in the Food Industry

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Custom food and food product solutions are hard to come by in today’s food industry, but the OSI Group has found solutions to many of the industries top problems.

When it comes to food safety, health standards, environmental concerns, and the sustainability of food service going into the future, OSI is on the cutting edge. By implementing Arrowsight, Inc.’s third party, 24/7/365 Remote Video Auditing (RVA) services in multiple food processing facilities all over America it has really raised the bar on the standards that food companies should be looking to meet. With an already strict food safety program, the company will take it to the next level by ensuring that trailers are sealed and that specific safety measures are followed every time that food products are handled. To boot, the performance of its own employees will be monitored and feedback will be provided that will help them improve their efforts.

OSI Group has always been known as an innovative food company with research and design facilities that tailor menu ideas for each of their customers very specific needs. With an efficient process and unmatched supply chain expertise, all of OSI Group’s customers feel secure knowing that their concerns and the concerns of their clientele are a top priority. The integrity and ethical standards of OSI Group has allowed the company to bring in numerous other companies under its banner and to work together as a team on solutions for any problem that comes up.

By continuously looking for areas to improve and for growth opportunities, OSI has managed to grow into a billion dollar premier global food provider that has been named as a top 100 American company. Without its commitment to the sustainability of the planet and its strict environmental and health standards the company would of never reached this height. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin, winner of a Global Visionary Award has promised to continue to do everything in his power to ensure that OSI is a world leader in the food industry.

March 9, 2017

Mike Baur and the Swiss Startup Factory

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Mike Baur, who is now a multi-talented entrepreneur, has a long history in the banking and finance sector. His interest in the area began long ago as a young person living in Fribourg, Switzerland, his former home. Perhaps the interest and experience he had are what made him pursue a career later in the banking and finance sector. He attended the University of Rochester and University of Bern where he earned an MBA and an executive MBA respectively.

 

Mr. Baur has over twenty years of experience in the industry where he spent successful years in the Swiss Banking sector and rose all the way to becoming an executive board member at one of the largest Swiss private banks. He has worked for other banks as well such as Salford and Clariden.

 

He started entrepreneurship at the age of thirty-nine when he began the Swiss Startup Factory with the sole intention of mentoring and supporting young digital innovators. He started the company with other two co-founders. The firm is owned independently, and it is also privately financed. The Swiss Start-up Factory is the first to be started in Switzerland, and it has accelerator programs which support technopreneurs.

 

Mike Baur is the Co-founder and also the Chief Executive Officer of The Swiss Start-up Factory. He has a passion for young people who are willing to excel in the field, and that is why he takes a lot of time with those selected to mentor them and also offer financial assistance to ensure they succeed.

 

Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF)

 

It began back in the year 2014 in Zurich with the primary goal of identification and offering support to individuals who can thrive in digital entrepreneurship. Their program is run for three months where there is coaching and mentoring. Among the areas they cover are; finances, creating a network with other entrepreneurs, and office space.

 

It’s vital for young people to be given a chance to showcase their skills in the industry and that is what SSUF does. The accelerator program provides power to young individuals who have specialized in digital technologies. The three-month accelerator program helps the startups to come up with ideas that enable them to work with potential investors.

 

Mike Baur is doing great in giving back to the community by mentoring ambitious young people who can keep the industry running with their new and innovative ideas. Though the program goes only for three months, it ensures that those selected have honed their skills and can start thriving businesses.

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January 5, 2017

Ken Goodgame Challenging the Status Quo

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True Value has a plan to rearrange the structure of its supply chains. This change is twofold in the fact things will differ from the top down and the bottom up at the same time. These the benefits of these changes is intended to effect not just the chain locations but the logistics and global distribution network as well. When all is said and done the end results promise to boost profits for existing retailers and get the ball rolling for the opening of even more stores in the Destination True Value Format. The overlooking the shakeup and wake up revival is Kenneth Goodgame.

Coming in from Ace Hardware, Goodgame replaces retiring Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Mike Clark. Together, the revenue generating Destination True Value model and the new executive plan to strengthen unite each and every one of the company’s 4,000 locations. The power to do this is in his understanding command of the details.

In this case, as in many cases, the profit is in the pricing of merchandise. What this means on the sales floor for the business is to expect not so many opening price points when it comes to assortments. As Kenneth explains it, “No one makes money on opening-price-point product,” This translates to offering a better variety of mid-price-point and even higher-price-point products to customers. In doing this True Value sets itself apart from other discount retailers in the market.

Under his leadership, Goodgame intends to execute a four-point pricing strategy whose design is to reel in every level of customer. This system is constructed from everyday low pricing for the bulk sales, comparative pricing for national brands side by side to private labels and “Pro Paks” when possible. Honestly, the data is still being collected to measure the effectiveness of this plan. A full report and analysis is in the works and should proof most helpful either way it goes.

This new plan and new VP are just icing on the cake that is a previous year of serious profit and growth. The idea is to go all out and all in to bring choice, quality and quantity to True Value customers like never before. Twenty years of experience in the business and a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from the University of Tennessee says the smart money is on Goodgame.

Additional Sources:

http://citrite.org/kenneth-goodgames-retail-game/

http://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/people/18421885-ken-goodgame

November 29, 2016

Southern Methodist University Adds James Dondero to Executive Board for Cox School of Business

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Southern Methodist University recently announced their appointment of James Dondero to the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business. As the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, Dondero will add to the growing list of board members who have a non-academic background. The Executive Board comprises of approximately 100 members who meet three times each year to discuss topics related to the success of the Cox School of Business. Dondero already supports Southern Methodist University through his donations to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. In addition, Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars is a program dedicated to aiding and supporting professionals and academics who work in fields related to public policy.

James Dondero began his education at the University of Virginia and graduate with highest honors. He furthered his education at the McIntire School of Commerce where he received double majors in Financing and Accounting. To further advance his expertise, Dondero pursued several esteemed certifications. In total, Dondero is certified as a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Management Accountant as well as a Certified Public Accountant. Dondero’s first professional position was held at the Morgan Guaranty training program as an analyst in 1984. Around the same time, American Express hired Dondero as a Corporate Bonds Analyst. He was soon promoted to Portfolio Manager with over $1 billion of assets under his protection and management. Dondero’s next project was growing the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life. Within a span of 5 years, Dondero grew the business from inception to a value of over $2 billion.

Highland Capital Management was established in 1993 by James Dondero and his partner Mark Okada. Under Dondero’s leadership as president, the company grew to become one of the most trusted providers of alternative credit solutions in the market. Additionally, Highland Capital Management is the leading pioneer in developing the Collateralized Loan Obligation market. In addition to CLOs, Highland Capital Management offers several other award-winning services. They offer products and services surrounding private funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, ETFs and more. In addition to residing as president for Highland Capital Management, James Dondero also serves on the board of MGM Studios and American Banknote.

For More Information on James Dondero check out the following links:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/james-dondero-joins-southern-methodist-university-cox-school-of-business-board-300355998.html

Highland Capital Powerhouse President, James Dondero

November 29, 2016

Fabletics Joins With FTBC To Bring More Awareness To Breast Cancer

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Kate Hudson is at it again, and she’s not just creating more clothes this time. Although Kate is the head of Fabletics, which is an athletic wear company with low-priced clothing, she is now the ambassador or FTBC (Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.) FTBC is a company that was started in the UK by Ralph Lauren in 1996 and was meant specifically to help those who have breast cancer. The company works with many other fashion companies to bring in funds to help with the research that is trying to fight against breast cancer, which is something that many celebrities feel the need to take part in.

Kate Hudson claims that she is very happy to be an ambassador for the company FTBC because she feels that most people know someone who has had breast cancer at one point or another. Fabletics has created a three-piece set that is specifically meant to raise funding for the FTBC, and the color of the clothing is of course going to be pink. Although the clothing sold by Fabletics for the FTBC foundation is pink in color, it’s not the typical pink used for breast cancer awareness but a deeper pink that will still relate to the cause but be a different pink compared to other breast cancer awareness foundations.

Read more: The Council Of Fashion Designers Of America And Fabletics Join Forces For Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

The three-piece clothing is a tank top, a sports bra, and Capri pants, and these items can be purchased in store or online, and a portion of the proceeds from the sales of these items will go directly to the FTBC foundation. Fabletics is a company that is dominating the athletic fashion companies, especially since it’s a part of JustFab, which is its parent company. In the last three years since Kate Hudson started the Fabletics company, it’s grown tremendously in size and has become one of the most well-known athletic wear companies online. With over a million members and counting, the company is constantly shipping out all kinds of items to their members.

Since Fabletics is a membership-based company, those that choose to become a member can purchase items at discounted price, which helps to keep the prices low for every member. Those that choose not to become a member can still shop with the Fabletics company but will pay standard prices and will not receive the savings that members receive. Membership fees are paid monthly and can be stopped if a member chooses to take the month off by opting out by the fifth of the month. Those that pay their membership fee will also get to use the fee as funds to shop within the online store or in one of the several storefronts that Fabletics has.

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October 30, 2016

Look Fall Fabulous with Fabletics

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Fabletics is a brand by Kate Hudson that few understand. On one hand, people believe that the attire is for a more athletic audience while the other half understands just how many options for clothing that this brand provides women with. A mission stated on Facebook of making women feel comfortable by providing them with moveable fabrics for a multitude of diverse situations has allowed this company to remain as popular as it is. In addition to offering quality clothing that can be worn in a plethora of ways, Fabletics is affordable and for women of all sizes. Each of these characteristics of the popular clothing line is the entire reason why the CEOs will be opening one hundred stores across the globe in the next three to five years, a reality that has instilled excitement in women who have yet to witness the wonder that is this brand. Are you convinced yet? If not, consider some fall looks by Fabletics that will demonstrate just how much you can do with each one of the pieces both inside and far away from the gym.

The Many Purposes of Black Salar Leggings

If somebody tells you that leggings are not pants, they are wrong and totally missing out on some great and comfortable outfits. The Salar leggings come in a multitude of colors, but the black ones are ideal for this chilly time of year. Perfect for the gym because the fabric is breathable and flexible, they can also be worn in more dressy circumstances. From the classroom to casual office Fridays, consider pairing these bottoms with a pop coral Ginger Pullover, nice boots, a sweater, and some classy earrings. If you desire to only workout in your leggings, match them with an ember Mandy Seamless tank.

Dress It Up with Polaris Pants

Though these pants look incredibly dressy, they are comfortable and light weight. With the ability to easily be dressed up Monday through Friday, in the office or out for drinks, these pants from Fabletics will look flawless when matched with a white Aldis tank and cardigan. As always, never forget the shoes nor the accessories to complete this effortlessly snug style.

Step Out in Style with a Leona Skirt

This skirt is absolutely stunning and fitting for casual and dressy occasions. When matched with a Palisades tee, it makes for an unstoppable outfit that can be jazzed up in a cornucopia of manners. Consider your flashiest jewelry, nicest shoes, and most fabulous hairstyle for this fancy fall outfit.

September 17, 2016

ConnectUs – The Ground-Breaking Digital Platform Bridging The Gap Between Prisoners And Jail Authorities

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As its name implies, ConnectUs is easily one of the most innovative technologies that is helping prisoners and the jail management to connect and communicate, effectively. The newly introduced Grievance Filing and Inmate Forms application allows prisoners to file various types of digital applications just as easily as anyone would do on the Internet. Perhaps, the salient feature of the digital interface is the ability to provide real-time status to prisoners about the ruling on their application. As for prison authorities, the digital filing interface saves them a big headache as they can store, process and compile thousands of applications without worrying about applications getting lost.

Prior to the introduction of the digital application, almost all U.S. prisons relied on paper filings where prisoners were forced to fill lengthy applications. Even then, prisoners had to wait, sometimes several months, to get an update on the legal filings. Such agonizing waits are over as jail authorities using ConnectUs can post the status of the application in real time. They can also offer updates and further instructions on the wait times and possible developments. In fact, prison authorities have control over almost every aspect of the application as they can change various features of the application.

According to Russell Roberts, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Securus Technologies, ConnectUs will definitely modernize the prison system allowing jail authorities and prisoners to communicate more effectively. He also claimed that the application is instrumental in saving time as nearly 13.8 applications are filed every month, per prisoner. In addition, a recent survey by Securus Technologies revealed that prisons using ConnectUs saved 65 percent of their time compared to paper applications. For prisoners, jail authorities and other stakeholders, such numbers are very promising because it will allow individual prisons complex to save thousands of dollars every month in time and cost.

August 30, 2016

Securus Technology To Release Reports On Global Tel-Link Practices

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Securus Technologies, one of the leading providers of technology solutions for the criminal justice system, has just released a scathing press release that they have announced will be the first in a series of reports and other papers that will feature the malpractice and lapses of trust and integrity conducted by inmate Communications Company Global Tel-Link or GTL. This action by Securus was stated to the press on June 7, 2016, by the CEO of Securus Technology Rick Smith along with his reasons for taking this drastic action against a competitor. Rick declared that serving the corrections industry along with its law enforcement employees, prison inmates and their friends and family was something he cared deeply about and that it offended and outraged him when a carrier like GTL did not seem to care about anything but the money it could make. It also appeared to him that GTL was not just interested in making a profit but was more interested in just how much money they could squeeze out of their captive audience, He then stated for the record that the business mission of Securus Technology was not just about the money but that it was fundamentally about how to best serve their company’s customers best interests.

Because of this, Securus has vowed to review and publish multiple sources of confirmed information that point out the willful wrongdoing, potential wrongdoing, and gross negligence of Global Tel-Link over the years. This information will all be released in a series of press releases over the next six months. The Securus CEO also stated that the purpose of this tactic was to hopefully shame GTL into acting with more integrity in their dealings with their own customers. He then stated that one company’s bad actions can affect everybody in this industry. The first of these complaints to be released will be a formal 17-page order issued by the Louisiana Public Service Commission, regarding Global Tel-Link’s wrongful actions when they provided telecom services to thousands of inmates in that state’s prison system. The official document details multiple instances of wrongdoing some of which could have been considered criminal at the time they were committed.

July 14, 2016

Stephen Murray was a great man

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The economy is rapidly recovering and people are looking to the investment industry for leadership. These investment companies need quality leaders that are both intelligent and insightful. One of the great leaders in the history of the financial services industry is Stephen Murray.

Stephen grew up in the Boston area, and he excelled throughout his school years. When the opportunity arose to attend Boston College he jumped at the chance to attend the prestigious program. In 1984, Stephen graduated from Boston College with a degree in Economics.

He spent a few years in the private sector before he went back to school. He attended Columbia Business School and received an MBA in 1989. These programs both gave him the knowledge he needed to be a successful business person. Read more: Exclusive: CCMP Capital CEO Stephen Murray Leaves Firm and CCMP Capital Resumes Business After Death of Stephen Murray

Stephen started his career at Manufacturers Hanover Corporation. He started out as a credit analyst for the company in 1984. After he received his MBA he began working for MH Equity Corporation, a combination of Manufacturers Hanover’s private equity division and their leveraged finance division.

The company was very successful, and in the early nineties, the company was purchased by Chemical Bank. Chemical Bank was purchased by Chase in the mid-nineties, and eventually Chase merged with JP Morgan. Stephen excelled within each company, and in 2005 he was made the head of the buyout business for JP Morgan Partners.

Stephen Murray was extremely proud of this accomplishment, and he was widely recognized as one of the leading names in the business world.

In the mid-2000s, JP Morgan was extremely large in size and they decided it was time to spin off parts of the company. The buyout division became CCMP Capital. Murray was a co-founder of CCMP, and in 2007 he was named CEO of the company.

CCMP was an extremely successful company private equity investment company. In 2007, the were ranked 17th among the world’s largest equity funds. Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://nypost.com/2015/03/13/ccmps-murray-dead-at-52/ and http://observer.com/2015/02/this-old-thing-private-equity-honcho-drops-little-place-uptown-for-11m/

From that point, they only continued to grow. Murray lead the company for several years but unfortunately, Stephen died in 2015. CCMP remembers Stephen as an extremely bright mind that guided the company to success in their early years.

While Stephen is remembered as a brilliant business leader, the world also remembers him for giving generously to causes he believed in. Stephen regularly gave money to the Make-A-Wish foundation and to Columbia Business School.

Stephen Murray left a tremendous impact on the business world, and on everyone else he came in contact with.

June 14, 2016

Two Million Instagram Followers; Lime Crime Spreads a Message

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There was once a time where royalty was solely based on bloodlines and being the rightful heir to the throne. Today, royalty is obtained with how many followers that you have on social media. Currently reveling in fame and glory is the untraditional makeup company, Lime Crime. Boasting of their two million Instagram followers, the company undoubtedly deserves the spotlight that they are finally getting.

Founded by Doe Deere, or the Queen of Unicorns as she is commonly known, Lime Crime essentially shaped the makeup industry into a more tolerant, out there in a good way type of field. Known as Unicorns, their fans take to social media as a means to rejoice that they finally have a company that suits their needs, and to share makeup ideas with fellow Unicorns. As they gallop to social media stardom, Lime Crime continues to grow in popularity, and their important message is easily spread across the globe.

Stressing the importance of being yourself, Lime Crime has impressive, vibrant color patterns that allow people to use makeup as a form of art. Stating that you really can wear green lipstick outlined in orange and look amazing, the company truly transforms faces into blank canvases, and splatters color all over them in a way that radiates positivity, acceptance, and expression.

In sum, celebrating two million followers on Instagram further validates the immense popularity of Lime Crime as a company. As users continue to connect across the globe, a message is spread that it is okay to be yourself, and perhaps boast of being yourself on social media.

June 1, 2016