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The Serial Success Story of OSI Group

The next time you eat out at a restaurant, or if you ate out in the past and remarked how good the food was, chances are you may have thanked the waiter or the cook. But what about the people responsible for supplying the restaurant? It’s highly unlikely that anyone thinks of the supplier, but the truth is that they are the single most important factor for any restaurant to run smoothly. And one such supplier is OSI Industries. Also known as the OSI Group, they have been in the food, especially on the meat side of things, for over a hundred years now! That in itself is a testament to their dedication and quality.

Started in 1909 by immigrants in Chicago, it first operated as a small meat shop. In those days, the store was named Otto and Sons, after the founder, Otto Kolschowsky. It gained a reputation as quality supplier of meats and the company slowly expanded into the wholesale side of things. Things were going smoothly for years but then in the 1950’s something happened. A little-known company at the time known as McDonald’s, yes, as in McDonald’s the hamburger chain, named Otto and Sons as one of their meat suppliers. It doesn’t take a psychic to guess what happened next. McDonald’s grew in leaps and bounds and so did Otto & Sons. The company at this point was being run by Mr. Otto’s sons.

However, in the early 1970’s Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Industries and helped the brothers out in its rapid growth. In fact, he was instrumental in helping the company set up a dedicated meat factory to supply McDonald’s. By the 1980’s Lavin was instrumental in opening units in other countries such as China, Mexico, Poland, Germany, Spain, and Brazil. Along with all this growth, the company acquired several food processing companies in these countries, which is when Lavin changed the name to OSI Group. By the late 1990’s Sheldon Lavin bought the entire company from Otto’s sons and is now the CEO of OSI Group.

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The Success Story of Entrepreneur, Greg Secker

Greg Secker is a fearless self-starter who believes in figuring out how to do something rather than question the whole process as he recently revealed to the CEOCFO Magazine senior editor in a chit chat. He took a different route away from what he had studied at school. Greg Secker took a course in food sciences and agriculture, but he realized his interest in technology and even built a fluid dynamics model of a follicle.

He began at the Thomas Cook Financial Services and later to the Virtual Trading Desk where he familiarized himself with the Forex and also came up with a digital platform for currency trading. As a hand on the person, he invested privately 5,000 Euros and before the close of the same year had increased to 60,000 Euros. He has since then made a fortune from currency trading, hedge fund and from his entrepreneurial ventures over the years. The success of Dr. John Demartini, Jack Canfield, and Tony Robbins has been his motivation.

Following his affluence, Greg Secker believes in giving back to the society. The Greg Secker Foundation has been enlightening young people in areas of entrepreneurship, wealth, leadership, health, and relationships. The organize seminar and meetings where the invited great people in the land pro bono to address various issues. Primarily, this is to improve the lives of people and make them independence in financial terms. The foundation is currently centered on helping the victims of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan catastrophe get back on their feet.

About Greg Secker

His diligence has paid him with sole ownership of a hedge fund, brokerage firm, about 17 different companies and some not for profit organizations. He owns the Knowledge to Action Group which comprises of the Greg Secker Foundation, Learn to Trade, Capital Index, FX Capital among others. Greg is passionate about education and empowerment and has helped the communities in South Africa, Australia and most recently in the Philippines.

Greg Secker has also served as the Vice President of the Mellon Financial Corporation. He is the author of the Financial Freedom through Forex among other books. He has shared his apprehension of business on approximately 6,000 platforms in the United States, Pacific, South Africa and other parts of the world. Besides the awards won, recognition on various media he has also been appointed to the Board of Ambassador for City Philanthropy.


Eric Pulier Is Forming New Ideas With vAtomic Systems and XPrize

Eric Pulier has so many ideas that he’s brought to life throughout the years since the time he founded a database company way back in the 1980s, and he’s doing more of the same now in the disruptive app market. His disruptive app company is vAtomic Systems, a company that’s exploring block-chain and Bitcoin technology alongside its seeding for new business apps. Pulier had suffered a setback not too long before when a company he founded was bought only to be phased out by the buying company, but he determined to hit reset and build something even better. Pulier is hoping to see more apps like Uber come out of this seed company.

 

Pulier is a New Jersey native who first took up computer programming as a young boy in elementary school. All the way through high school he pursued his ambitions and took them to Harvard where he studied literature while working on computer projects at MIT. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both literature and computer science and then moved to Los Angeles to start an IT business. That business was originally known as People Doing Things, an initiative focused on local issues such as healthcare, education and environmental studies. In 1994 PDT became a company named Digital Evolution.

Eric Pulier made Digital Evolution popular with automobile manufacturers, motion picture companies, other IT companies and even the government. In 1997 he became the chosen person to host the Presidential Technology Exhibition and its “Bridge to the 21st Century.” In 1998 Digital Evolution was bought by US Interactive and Pulier became Chairman of the newly formed company. Under this new company Pulier started going into cloud technology and service-oriented architecture. His next companies that became part of these fields were Desktone, Akana and ServiceMesh.

Pulier joined the Computer Sciences Corporation when they purchased ServiceMesh and from there founded the Enterprise Leadership Council. Pulier left the company in 2013 when he decided to become a venture capital investor for startup apps and soon after started vAtomic Systems. Pulier has been listed in many IT magazines including VAR Business in their Top 30 eVisionaries list.


Patty Rocklage’s High-Octane Renovation Schedule

Patty Rocklage is a noted philanthropist, psychotherapist, and renovation habitué. Rocklage is married to chemist, Dr. Scott Rocklage, and the couple has been part of the charitable and professional landscape of the Boston area for over 20 years.Patty Rocklage followed an early interest in mental health science during her university years and became a graduate of Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1981. She currently works as a licensed psychotherapist, treating both families and individuals.

Mrs. Rocklage and her husband snagged the charitable spotlight in July of 2016 when they subsidized the renovation of crucial MIT nanochemistry research spaces. Mr. Rocklage completed his PhD studies within the department under Nobel Prize winner, Richard R. Schrock. He has long praised the school for providing him with the foundation for his own successful career. Though they might not have known it at the time, more structural renovations were on the horizon for a successful couple. Dissatisfied with portions of their historic home, the Rocklages sought out contractors for a kitchen renovation.

However, upon selecting and meeting with Ed Freedlender of Sunbury Companies, the couple did an about-face when realizing the true source of their dissatisfaction stemmed from the logistics of the home’s front face and the fact that the facade was not conducive to hosting guests. Freedlander subsequently designed and implemented a recycled rock landscaping design in accordance with environmental preservation practices of the area. A more welcoming front façade was then constructed, facilitating a flipped front foyer with various walkways. Stopping briefly for the Rocklages to enjoy the Christmas holidays, renovation was relatively quick and painless. The couple now enjoys hosting guests within their four-season front space and revised entryways.

 


Vijay Eswaran, the Entrepreneur of the Century

Vijay Eswaran is an author and businessman from Malaysia. Vijay Eswaran is the sitting Executive Chairman of the QI Group that has its headquarters in Hong Kong. QI group is a group of companies that’s involved in various businesses including hospitality, education, financial services, direct selling, and retail.

The company has employed over 1500 people and is in 30 countries across the globe on YouTube. Vijay returned to Asia where he co-founded a multilevel marketing company that has grown into today’s QI.

Vijay Eswaran was born on 7th October 1960 in Penang. His mother, Pushpavathy Chinnaiah, was a teacher and his father, Mr. Vijayaratnam Saravanamuthu, worked for the state in the ministry of labor. Vijay is a graduate of London school of Economics where he got a degree in socio-economic. He later did some odd jobs that included a construction site in Belgium, plucked grapes in France and drove a cab in London. He was then introduced to the binary system and obtained professional qualifications from CIMA in the UK and later an MBA from the Southern Illinois University.

Read more: V Managing Partner and Founder Dato’ Sri Vijay Eswaran

Mr. Vijay has authored some books. He has also spoken at different business forums like the world economic forum. Mr. Eswaran established the RHYTHM Foundation, which is a social responsibility arm of the QI group. Vijay Eswaran also started a charity organization in Malaysia named after his father. Through these charitable organizations, he has initiated programs like mentorships and donations.

Mr. Eswaran has many accolades and awards that include the New Global Indian award for business excellence on mlmnation.net. In 2013, Forbes named him as one of the richest people in Malaysia.