Every business today seems to be “going green”. Whether it is done for a marketing gimmick or out of a genuine concern for the environment, this has become the common trend. However, one notable exception to this trend is the fact that the world’s largest companies do not usually take the “green” approach to business, at least not in any way that matters. In general, their operations are so large that it becomes more problematic to worry about the environment.
OSI Group, under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, is an exception to the exception. Lavin is a former banker before he joined OSI. That is to say, they are a very large company that is taking a green approach to business, and which seems to be going much farther than a mere marketing campaign. OSI Group, known to most as the primary supplier for McDonald’s, is ranked as the 58th largest company in the world. They have over 20,000 employees worldwide in 17 different countries. Their approximate net worth as a company is estimated at 6.1 billion dollars.
Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin as CEO, the company has decided to take a serious interest in developing more sustainable practices aimed at lessening the environmental impact that results from the company’s operations. To facilitate those efforts, two special research and development centers (dubbed “Culinary Innovation Centers”) have been created by the company. One of them is in the United States and the other is located in China. The company has also opened a separate research facility in Chicago. These centers are aptly named because they will be at the heart of the company’s wide-ranging efforts to become more environmentally friendly.
OSI Group has also re-organized their corporate structure by creating the position of sustainability chief and making it a position of great importance in the company. At present, his efforts are focused on streamlining the supply chain to avoid waste and to be more efficient in terms of both production and transport. The position is occupied currently by Nicole Johnson-Hoffman, who previously served as Vice President of the Global Roundtable For Sustainable Beef.
Although OSI Group has a long-standing business relationship with McDonald’s, these initiatives were done mainly at the behest of OSI Group CEO Sheldon Lavin. Sheldon Lavin is the one who is generally credited with the company’s new approach to business. It is also true, however, that McDonald’s has also adopted a set of sustainability initiatives. As usual, these two old partners are on the same page.
The founder and the current Chief Executive Officer of Managed Benefits Services, Krishen Iyer, recently shared his experiences as an entrepreneur. Managed Benefits Services is based out of Fresno, California and specializes in providing marketing and lead generation services to health insurance and dental insurance companies.
Krishen Iyer, a long time resident of California, graduated from San Diego University and have exhibited exceptional entrepreneurial skills. He is an expert in digital marketing, developing long-lasting client relations and lead generation.
When asked about his biggest accomplishment in his career, he mentioned how he found it difficult to mention the biggest accomplishment as he considers all of them equally important.
To being asked about what motivates him every day, he talked about how the goals and the challenges in the company keep him engaged in the activities of the company. Since he is directly involved in developing the concept of the company motto, he believes he has an in-depth understanding of the potential of the company in the long run. The same reason compels him to devise unique strategies in order to utilize the full potential of the company while minimizing the risks involved in the process. He also mentions how his interests in lead generation and business management have always kept him on his toes.
The firm has a trained and dedicated workforce who are committed to working in alignment with the principles of the company. To date, they have maintained a high level of excellence in generating leads for well-established firms as well as startups. Their approach towards structuring of the marketing segment of companies for generating maximum returns has been immensely successful.
Krishen Iyer is an avid reader and loves traveling during his leisure time. Iyer’s love for the community is evident from his philanthropic work through Iyer Real Estate Co., a real-estate venture.
Sahm Adrangi has been in the investment industry for a number of years now, having worked for among others, Restructuring Investment Banking Group – Chanin Capital Partners and Longacre Fund Management where he was prior to his current position Kerrisdale Capital Management. He founded Kerrisdale Capital Management and is currently the chief investment officer at the company. He is well known for good strategizing and organizational values.
Sahm Adrangi became famous after exposing fraudulent activities in the industry; China Biotics and the China Education Alliance for their illegal unethical activities. The SEC took action against the companies. Under the management of the Adrangi, Kerrisdale Capital Management’s major focus is conducting research to enable a better understanding of the capital and stock markets while doing away with certain misconceptions in the industry.
Sahm Adrangi specializes in short selling, and short activism where he involves himself in researching companies that investors are interested in. This helps in gathering important information about companies that inform decisions prior to making investments. Since 2010, Kerrisdale has published several researches and posted in their website for investors to review. Researches can also be received via e-mail and on Twitter.
In addressing the issue of ad fraud in investment during a presentation at Kase Conference on Short Selling, Sam Adrangi warned investors to beware of ad fraud that has become rampant. Sometimes ads may be posted on fake websites that does not allow human traffic but only benefits individual hackers seeking to gain from such. Ad fraud could potentially discourage online advertising buyers from spending on such ads; a fact that would imply less returns for investors. It is hence, important for companies and investors to invest in new detection methods and ways of curbing ad fraud.
Sahm Adrangi stresses on the need to stay put in ensuring fraudsters do not get to benefits from investors’ genuine returns. Whether from ad fraud, or from companies giving falsified information on stock value, all loop holes should be sealed to ensure that the capital and stock markets operate in an environment of transparency and genuine business. His continued researches remain valuable in educating investors on possible loop holes and how to fill them.
Being successful (and therefore likely busy) is no reason to let your personal hobbies fall to the wayside. Having personal hobbies is a great way to unwind, let some of the stress from the day melt away, and to give your brain a chance to work on something else while it processes the problems from the workday. Just ask entrepreneur Paul Herdsman, known for founding NICE Global, and he will be happy to talk about some of his favorite hobbies.
At a young age, something inside Paul made him ask for a fishing pole. The odd thing here is that nobody had taken young Paul fishing before. To this day, the entrepreneur is unsure of where this urge to start fishing came from, but he spends time each week to go out and take some time for nature. View Additional Info Here.
After a busy week dealing with corporate headaches and issues, Paul Herdsman enjoys the chance to spend time on the water alone. While this chance to break away from everything and everybody is nice for a busy entrepreneur like Paul Herdsman, he also enjoys being able to share his passion for fishing with friends and family. Common fishing mates include his two daughters who are enjoying the time with Dad on the water.
Paul hopes his daughters continue fishing in the future. More than a proud Daddy, Paul realizes the important problem-solving lessons that can be gleaned from a few days on the lake. To be an effective fisher, one must look at things from one day to the next where even the smallest detail can affect the way the fish behave.
Take a note from entrepreneur Paul Herdsman’s Playbook. Don’t simply spend all day at your desk. Get out, enjoy the world, and make the most out of the life you are building.