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The meteoric rise of OSI Industries

OSI Industries is one of the global food providers. It currently operates in 17 countries with 65 outlets and 20,000 employees. It growing presence can be felt in the ever-changing modern economic story.

Otto & Sons’ Birth

Its history starts with Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant of the community that comprised a quarter of Chicago’s population then. Kolschowsky opened a butcher shop and small meat market in 1909 in Oak Park. He expanded from retail to wholesale and in 1929, rebranded his business as Otto & Sons.

From Otto & Sons to OSI Industries

In 1955, Ray Kroc started the first McDonald’s hotel, under a franchise agreement. Before this, he had agreed with Arthur and Harry, sons of Otto Kolschowsky, to be the original fresh ground beef supplier of the franchise.

After a few years, Ray became the CEO of McDonald’s and as the company grew, so did Otto & Sons. In the next decades, Otto & Sons had to ensure consistent products throughout the McDonald’s restaurants. It became among the four suppliers of the franchise and in 1973, built its first factory solely dedicated to McDonald’s. In 1975, Otto & Sons changed to OSI Industries, signaling the transition of leadership and change from a butcher shop to manufacturing company.

Sheldon Lavin joins the company

Sheldon Lavin joined the company in 1975 as a partner. He previously served as the investment consultant, assisting in their capitalization efforts. McDonald’s ventured into the global market, and they followed. It became a multinational through acquisition in Spain and Germany. The international growth led to Sheldon Lavin becoming the CEO and chairman in early 1980s. As a banking executive and banker, his experience became important in enabling the company venture other food industry sectors.

OSI Industries Expansion

It entered a joint venture with GenOSI and K & K Foods in 1990 and1987 respectively. It made acquisitions across the world and by the end of 2010, OSI Industries was operating a worldwide network of processing factories. It has made significant strides especially in Europe and China where it has continued its global expansion. Research and development have also facilitated its growth. Since 2010, it has founded Culinary Innovation Centers in Illinois and Shanghai, which enable it to stay updated on customers’ needs.

Environmental Awards

They have committed to sustainable and environmental impact, for which it has won awards like the 2016 California Green Business Award.

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Jason Hope’s New Age for Our Aging Selves

Jason Hope is a futuristic entrepreneur with great hopes for studying age-degeneration diseases and increasing the likelihood of the longevity of our people. He is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and investor. Jason Hope recently donated $500,000 to the SENS Corporation. In addition to this 2010 investment, he has gone on to donate another million dollars. The SENS Corporation researches biotechnologies and age-related diseases. Jason Hope says that while many organizations focus on a cure, the SENS Corporation, with Dr. Aubrey de Grey, the chief science officer, an expert on innovative anti-aging ideas, has been doing research in anti-aging problems. Some of the age-related diseases that these people hope to address are Alzheimer’s, atherosclerosis, and diabetes.

Jason Hope received his undergraduate in finance and his MBA from Arizona State University. With this neatly tucked under his belt, he thought he had better do something in business. He originally made his money in Jawa, a technology communications business and has been active in various other computer and technology business investments. He says this is the wave of the future for business. The Internet of Things, he states, is already permeating our daily lives. Jason Hope says he has high aspirations for solutions to the age-related diseases that we are currently facing. He hopes to focus on age-related solutions for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s since these have such implications for people who are suffering.

Jason Hope, based out of Scottsdale, Arizona, has a long list of philanthropic interests. He works with biotechnology anti-aging research and education. Jason Hope’s other philanthropic activities include the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Tony Hawk Foundation, the Andre Agassi Foundation, the True Colors Fund, the Mark Wahlberg Foundation, Family Health International, Worldwide Orphans Foundation, T Gen Foundation, Teach for America Phoenix, International Foundation for Education Self-help, and the Arizona Science Center. Jason Hope can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkIn.

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Dr. Rod Rohrich to preside over various plastic surgery and medicine conferences in 2018

Dr. Rod Rohrich is an internationally renowned Dallas-based plastic surgeon. He has been honored on several occasions as one of the leading plastic surgeons in America. Dr. Rohrich also teaches plastic surgery at the Southwest Medical center at the University of Texas in Dallas. He has been recognized by various awards for his work in plastic surgery such as the distinguished chair of plastic surgery at the Crystal Charity Ball. He has been certified by the American Board of plastic surgery and has practiced at Baylor University medical center and Southwestern Medical center both in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Rohrich has been featured on prominent talk shows such as Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show and The View. He has a unique artistic ability to restore the youthful zest of the human face and skin. Dr. Rohrich will be heavily in three high profile conferences at the beginning of 2018

Baker Gordon Educational symposium is the 52nd annual conference that will be held in Miami from February 8-10, 2018. It will showcase the advances made in cosmetic surgery too. The symposium can be traced back to 1967 when Thomas Baker invited plastic surgeons to share their expertise and train surgeons from all over the United States. Five decades later, Baker Gordon educational symposium remains the largest live surgery symposia in the US. Lots of plastic surgeons have been trained and honed their skills through this symposia. Moreover participants get a chance to listen to educational lectures and witness live surgeries in various sessions of the conference. Dr. Rohrich will be moderating key topics such as lectures with video demonstrations and pragmatic solutions in lower lid blepharoplasty. He will also be taking part in discussion panels on facial rejuvenation as well giving a lecture on the techniques of preserving dorsa aesthetic lines

Dr. Rohrich will also be attending the 21st Annual Global Dallas Cosmetic surgery and medicine conference taking place from February 28-March 1,2018 and the 35th annual Dallas Rhinoplasty meeting from March 2-3, 2018. He is the organizer and will be chairing both meetings. The cosmetic surgery and medicine meeting will bring together some of the world’s leading researchers and scientists and plastic surgeons to showcase latest trends in non-invasive fat removal, vaginal rejuvenation, skin tightening and skin care. The meeting will also highlight the latest innovations in cosmetic surgery. Some examples include breast, body and face contouring procedures. Participants will also get hands-on experience at the cadaver lab on how to use new technology from experts attending.

Equities First Holdings London

Equities First Holdings in the UK is a business that is thriving right around its 15th year in business.

The company was founded in 2012 as Meridian Equity Group and has since been bought out by Equities First Holdings Limited in 2014.

The company has since gone on to work as an investment and holdings company that has been the pinnacle of success with their customers day after day making them one of the best banking services in the UK that is based in London.


The company has also gone on to expand its business to Asia as well to help reach a wider clientele base.

Hussain Sajwani, Dubai Investor

He is the founder and chairman of Damac Properties; a real estate firm established in 2002 and is based in Dubai. The Damac Owner seized the opportunity to invest in the Emirates when the Dubai government allowed immigrants to own property. The billionaire then purchased land from the underdeveloped areas. He built apartments that he later sold to non-Emiratis. Previously, Hussain Sajwani had operated his business in food service, in the 80s where he even served U.S military in Abu Dhabi during Operation Desert Storm. He did not desert his food industry after establishing himself in real estate. The food business was earning him millions which were little to him. Learn more:



Damac has grown to be the firm behind most flashy, luxurious and executive properties in Dubai. In its recent past, they had a project with Donald Trump to start up a golf course. They became business partners long before he became the president of the United States. In his new-year speech, Trump recognized the presence of Hussain Sajwani family terming them as beautiful people. The food business is still part of Damac Group Operations. It reminds Hussain Sajwani of his first expertise in business and how he got to interact with people in high governmental offices.



Hussain Sajwani has based his business model essential principles like operating debt-free, keeping independent escrow accounts and retaining cash reserves. These principles secure the business in the sense that construction would continue even if the financial market were unstable. Relationship science has seen the business flourish in many aspects. A relationship network helps identify potential customers as well as wealth management, investment banking, sales and business development, non-profit funding and management consulting.



Apart from business and investing, Hussain Sajwani is a philanthropist, and according to UAE Red Cresent manager, his generosity is overwhelming. He believes in preparing the future of the society by giving the children favorable growing environment. Therefore his company, Damac Properties, supports charity work and campaigns to help the needy. Damac Properties further established a hospitality division called Damac Maison in 2011, which is aimed to become the most significant hotel operator and developer all over the world. Learn more: