OSI Group Expands Production Capabilities in Spain

OSI Group is continuing their expansion around the world as the demand for their products increases. In 1909, the butcher shop in Chicago owned by Otto Kolschowsky that would eventually grow to become OSI Group was opened by the German immigrant. Like many other businesses in the German-immigrant community eventually, the business was passed down to his sons who devoted their careers to growing the company into the multinational corporation that it is today. In recent years OSI Group has made considerable efforts to increase their presence and production capabilities in Europe and surrounding areas through various expansion and acquisition efforts.

One of the main products in high demand in that region are various chicken products, especially in Portugal and Spain. In the last ten years, studies have shown that there has been at least a 6% increase in demand for the protein every year. One of the main efforts to increase production capacity in the region by OSI Group was an expansion of one of their existing facilities located in Toledo, Spain. While the plant could process around 12,000 tons of chicken a year that has now been increased to 24,000 tons. In total, the plant can process 45,000 tons of meat products including chicken, pork, and beef. The expansion did not just include areas to increase production of their products, it also included features such as storage, a shipping area, refrigeration rooms, and a social area.

One of the most interesting features of the expansion includes a testing kitchen that will help the company improve their current products as well as develop new ones that will meet the needs of their growing customer base. Food manufacturers including OSI recognize that the preferences and tastes of consumers will constantly change over time and they must be prepared to meet these demands to stay successful. The local economy has also benefited from this considerable expansion as well. To meet the staffing needs of the expansion OSI Group needed to add 20 new people to their workforce. This addition brings the staff count at the Toledo, Spain plant to around 160 people.

Sameer Jejurikar, Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Sameer Jejurikar is a board certified plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas. His focus is on cosmetic surgery of the eyes, nose, face, breast and body. He is a member of the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Dallas area including Pine Creek Medical Center, Dallas Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Dr. Jejurikar was born and raised in Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, and he performed his residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. He then received a year of sub-specialty training in aesthetic training at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He is certified in plastic surgery through the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and is a member of the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons. He holds a state medical license is Michigan, New York and Texas. Dr. Jejurikar has contributed numerous book chapters and journal articles to publications such as the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the Journal of Surgical Research, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Microsurgery; and has given several national presentations.

Patient reviews rank Dr. Jejurikar among the top doctors in the nation. He received the 2012 Compassionate Doctor Certification from Patients’ Choice. He was also honored by The American Registry when they added Dr. Sameer Jejurikar to The Registry of Business Excellence.

Peter Briger: An Influential Principal of the Fortress Investment Group

The Fortress Investment Group is a private equity firm established by three financial experts – Wes Edens, Randal Nardone, and Rob Kauffman. The business was built in 1998, and it has grown to become the largest private equity firm in the United States. As the business grew, the founders hired individuals who have shown exceptional skills in managing the company. One of those who joined the Fortress Investment Group’s management team was Peter Briger. He is from San Francisco, California, and he has extensive experience in managing a business focusing on the financial industry. He is presently serving as the company’s principal, and he contributed a lot to the company’s growth.

Peter Briger was born and raised in the West Coast, and as a child, his dream was to become a successful businessman. To realize his dream, he started to move out of California and traveled to the East Coast. He enrolled at the Princeton University and took up a Bachelor’s Degree related to business. He decided to take up an MBA Degree, later on, enrolling himself at the University Of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Business, considered as one of the top business schools in the world. Peter Briger learned a lot about business while he was studying at the prestigious business school, and used it to his advantage. After he graduated from the University Of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Business, he started to look for a job, and he worked for different financial firms until he found out about the Fortress Investment Group.

The management at the Fortress Investment Group knew that he was a great asset to the company, and he proved to them that his expertise in managing the business would positively help the company. In 2007, Peter Briger was one of those who pushed for the company’s debut at the NYSE, and it became beneficial to the Fortress Investment Group because their assets grew to more than $65 billion. Today, the Fortress Investment Group is under the Softbank Group, and Peter Briger still works as one of its principal, and he keeps on working hard to keep the company on top. A Force of Innovation: Two Decades of Fortress Investment Group

End Citizens United Seeks Campaign Finance Solutions

End Citizens United filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, saying Rick Scott’s campaign used a “super PAC”. He is accused of avoiding federal limits on direct contributions to candidates’ campaigns. Rick Scott helped his campaign coffers by raising $78 million. Scott’s New Republican PAC violated the anti-coordination law and planned to get him elected to the US Senate, but he was their former chairman. Adam Bozzi, ECH’s Communications Director, believes Scott cares more about his political ambitions than the law. Scott evaded campaign finance laws using soft money from the super PAC.

Scott’s campaign denied the accusations, but documentation was presented by End Citizens United that suggested he was still working with the PAC recently. In January, the PAC’s website said Scott was the chairman.

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End Citizens United was created in response to a decision made by the Supreme
Court in 2010. It was started on March 1, 2015 to bring about campaign finance reform. It supports candidates who want to get Big Money out of politics and ballots that focus on this topic. They want to overturn Citizens United, which allows donations to be unlimited and undisclosed. They are based out of Washington DC.

Despite Scott’s denial, End Citizens United found out that he and the New Republican are working together with the Jenny Rucker fundraiser. Rick Scott and the New Republican had the same address and they paid for one of his polls. He was raising money in February for the New Republican, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The Washington Post said he hosted a dinner for the New Republican donors in March. Mark Caputo said they campaigned for Scott in March, while one of his polls was in the paper. End Citizens United complained that the Committee gave his campaign money.

They believe more Democrat elections will lead to campaign finance solutions. They also want disclosure laws passed by Congress. Mr. Bozzi believes it is necessary to overturn Citizens United trough a constitutional amendment. The argument should be that unlimited campaign contributions are not covered by free speech.

Find more about End Citizens United: https://actionnetwork.org/groups/end-citizens-united

Herbalife is Integrating AI Technology With its Business Model

The term Artificial Intelligence has multiple meanings for various industries. In the car industry, artificial intelligence refers to the new market for self-driving cars. In technology, AI refers to digital personal assistants such as Alexa and Siri. However, in the medical industry, AI can mean better customer and patient satisfaction, and that’s a guarantee.


As with many other evolving industries, the healthcare industry is finding ways to utilize AI technology in order to provide quality healthcare services and products to their customers at reasonable rates. Herbalife is one such company looking to utilize AI technology in order to leverage better health options for its loyal consumers.


Founded by Mark Hughes in 1980, Herbalife has always strived to provide customers with top-quality products, professional personal service, and a chance to improve their overall health for the long-term.


Herbalife is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. It is estimated the company employs nearly 8,000 people worldwide and operates in 95 countries. According to the company’s website, Herbalife’s mission is to fundamentally change the nutritional habits of the world, from the beginning it seemed that the company already did.


The company’s phenomenal success with a protein shake designed to help people manage their weight propelled the company to dizzying heights on the world stage. In the first five years, the company increased its sales from $360,000 to $426 million impressively.


As a company dedicated to the well-being and nutritional needs of people for the past 30 years, Herbalife is committed to continuing helping as many people as possible for as long as possible.


With the use of AI technology, Herbalife hopes to establish a stronger connection with its customers and independent distributors alike. Using the “Voice of the Customer” tool, Herbalife is improving on customer experiences by providing 24-7 access to information and help.


Additionally, Herbalife plans to invest in intuitive devices such as Alexa or Echo to provide customers with answers to their most frequently asked question, resource information, and health alerts. All of this is part of Herbalife’s plan to elevate the customer experience above anything else. Herbalife hopes to build strong relationships between customers and distributors no matter what it takes.


But even though Herbalife plans on integrating new technologies into their current policies, that doesn’t mean the company will stray from it’s personalized experience that distributors and customers enjoy currently. Instead, the company hopes to find a balance between distributors, the technology they need to successfully satisfy customers, and of course customer satisfaction.



Robert Ivy Is Recognized For A Career Of Creativity And Excellence

Robert Ivy recently received the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. The award was meant to honor those who have demonstrated a level of influence within an industry and are associated with the state of Mississippi. Other notable recipients of the award are Morgan Freeman and artist Walter Anderson.

Robert Ivy is the first architect to ever receive the MIAL. He is credited for making the industry more accessible to the general public. Robert has used his position as an author and commentator to put architecture on a platform that is more recognizable internationally than it ever was before.

Robert Ivy became CEO of the American Institute of Arts in 2011. The organization became a global enterprise under his leadership. The membership is currently the highest it has ever been in the 160 year history of the organization.

Robert Ivy became the editor-in-chief of Architectural Record in 1996. He is credited with making the publication the most widely read architectural journal in the world. Ivy went on to become the editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. This position also included the Green Source: The Magazine of Sustainable Design.

The Architectural Record has gone on to receive a number of awards under Robert Ivy’s leadership. The American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for General Excellence was a unique honor because it is not normally given to a professional journal.

Robert Ivy himself was honored with the Crain Award, which is the highest recognition an individual can receive from that organization. He has gone on to earn other distinguished titles such as Master Architect from the Alpha Rho Chi National architectural fraternity. Ivy is in exclusive company with this honor. There have only been 6 other persons named Master Architect. That makes Robert 1 of 7 in the 100 year history of the fraternity.

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Chris Burch Strikes Gold With Nihi Resort

Fashion mogul Chris Burch decided in 2015 that he would take a popular destination for surfers and transform it into a five-star resort location. The resort would be named Nihi and would be located on a remote Indonesian Island called Sumba. The vision had by Burch was soon executed and his Nihi resort was singled out as the top hotel in the world in both 2016 and 2017 by Travel & Leisure magazine.

The island of Sumba was once known as Sandalwood Island and is twice the area of Bali at 4000 square miles. The remote island was first found by Portuguese explorers in the 16th century and is now home to approximately 600,000 people. Islanders have minimal contact with the outside world and the island was ignored for the most part due to its lack of natural resources.

Surfers rediscovered the island in large numbers during the 1980’s and flocked to a left-handed break that spawned 20-feet waves not far from what was at the time the island’s only resort, Nihiwatu. The literal translation of Nihiwatu is ‘mortar stone’ and this name was given to the beach to describe the rock formations, reference (Prnewswire.com).


Chris Burch learned of the island’s reputation when he was told that the Nihiwatu owners, Claude and Petra Graves, were reaching out for help at expanding the property. Burch next reached out to a friend and South African hotelier James McBride and requested that he visit Nihiwatu.

McBride emerged from his trip to Sumba greatly impressed but relayed to his friend Chris Burch that he did not know what could be done with the island due to the fact it is in such an isolated location. He particularly pointed out that travel from New York to the island would take 28 hours.

Chris Burch decided to visit the island not long after along with McBride and left with similar feelings of both amazement and confusion. Burch visited the island a second time, this time accompanied by his three sons, all of whom are surf enthusiasts, at which time he decided to purchase the Nihiwatu resort, according to ideamensch.com.

Chris Burch took on friend James McBride as a partner and the two began the process of renovating the resort which would run up a tab of $30 million. The holding of Burch and McBride on the island not total 700 acres and is a popular destination for wealthy travelers that come from all over the world, find out on http://nihi.com/our-story/.



How Wes Edens was Useful in the Fortress Investment Group’s Progress

Fortress Investment Group has benefited greatly from the expertise of Wes Edens. Located in the United States of America, it is ranked among the best investment managers in the world. Their main focus is to diversify the service portfolio to enable the clients to access their services easily. Furthermore, they manage assets and investments in a good manner which make the clients to continuously seek their services. Fortress Investment Group’s high range of services provides numerous companies and individuals stopover. In fact, the financial management and investment services are the main activities carried out by the company. The revenue and net income collected annually is a billion and two hundred million dollars respectively.

During the NYSE listing, the company was publicly traded and was the only private firm that was listed. It currently manages seventy billion dollars. They include liquid hedge funds, credit funds, and alternative assets. Wes Edens is famous for his successful businesses. He owns the National Basketball Association team that was named Milwaukee Bucks. He is the owner of FlyQuest that participates in the League of Legends sports. Wes Edens’ career is full of milestones. He has worked for the best financial corporations in the world. His position enabled him to work with very senior financial experts. In addition, his experience has enabled him to become an expert in the management and investment field. Wes Edens’ holds impressive academic qualifications. He studied at Oregon State University where he achieved a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Business Administration.

After he completed his education, he joined Lehman Brothers in 1987. While at the company, he was its partner and managing director until 1993. His role in the purchase of the stakes that are located at Springleaf Financial Services enabled him to be named by the Wall Street as its lending king. It was advantageous for the Fortress Investment Group because it earned numerous profits. Furthermore, the company consolidated its space in the management sphere. Despite working in numerous top positions, he still strives to achieve more success. Currently, he is the National star Mortgage’s chairman.

Robert Ivy Bags the Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy Bags the Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy is the head of the American Institute of Architects. He has been honored with the 2018 Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letter. This is a not-for-profit organization. For one to qualify for the award, they need to be residing in Mississippi and connected to the artist and patron of the arts surrounding the creation, performance, and support of arts in special honor.

Background Information

Other than receiving this award, Ivy is the head of The American Institute of Architects. Over the years, he has been instrumental in making architecture accessible to the society. Today, he is also the head of Fay Jones and was honored through the Dean’s Medal by the Fay Jones School of Architecture. Besides, he is also the editor in chief of The Architectural Record. Other than bagging the 2018 Noel Polk Award, Robert Ivy earned the title Master Architect conferred by Alpha Rho Chi, an international architecture fraternity that honors revolutionary architects. Other people who have bagged this award include R. Buckminster Fuller, as well as Ludwig Mies Rohe.

The Award

Regarding this award, The AIA received praise from Nancy LaForge, the head of MIAL. She stated that in architectural matters, Robert Ivy had achieved a lot by making the discipline more accessible to the people. She added that nobody has contributed to the growth of the industry as much as Ivy has. Besides, Carl Elefante added that Ivy is a revered ambassador for the profession. He, therefore, deserved to receive the honor. This award is a crown of the personal accomplishments and personal, professional achievements for the native of Mississippi. Therefore, on behalf of the organization, Carl Elefante was glad to congratulate Ivy.

The Observation

With this award, Ivy is now a revered architect and a member of the illustrious company as he joins the likes of Eudora Welty as well as Shelby Foote. Other recipients include Leontyne Price as well as Morgan Freeman. At AIA, Ivy is keen on repositioning the firm from its legacy into a responsive and active organization. He does that by availing friendly policies for the professionals.

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff: The Novel, The Satire, The Ideas and The Reviews from USA Today and EW

Sean Penn’s debut novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is not meant to sensationalize today’s political climate in the United States, but book reviews from Entertainment Weekly and USA Today can’t seem to help but compare the ideas in his new novel to the state of The Times in the US. It is a book that Sean Penn intends to be an entertainment, but as far as book reviews would state, the brilliance of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is that it can’t help but be compared to what’s happening in the country under the Trump administration.



Entertainment Weekly (EW) describes Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff as an entertainingly trippy read that makes readers scratch their head in disbelief at the ideas presented as well as the insanity of the actions of its protagonist. With a style that reviewers said to be comparable to Hunter S. Thompson and Thomas Pynchon, readers of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff would be fascinated by how relatable the political environment in the novel is and how the absurdity in Sean Penn’s story somehow speaks to general truths as a citizen of the modern world. EW also added that the writing style of Penn is ambitious, and is almost bordering to ingratiating, but it’s hard to argue that it’s a book that features all the political stand and personal worldviews of Penn himself.


The book is also described to be about a man named Bob who is a baby boomer doing odd jobs, including being a septic tank operator as well as an antisocial oddball that’s hired by special parties to exterminate compromising individuals. USA Today also described the book to be a dystopian narrative that feels like it describes the madness that is supposed to be experienced by many Americans today.



USA Today also highlighted the poems and unconventional writing styles that Penn wrote for Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. Such structure is meant to give authenticity to the entire story of the book. The random verses of poetry spread about in the book also give the novel a feverish feel that gives the impression of clear-cut madness of the setting.



There’s also a highlight from USA Today on the ambitious, poetic, lyrical and definitely cerebral approach of the novel about the setting that Bob is in. The real world aspects contained in the novel is seen also by USA Today as a means to inject it with satire.