Many corporations today are operated from a traditional structure. Though it’s good to operate under a certain structure, this can sometimes limit the possibilities of a company. Sheldon Lavin realized this and as a result OSI Group, LLC is not run like a typical corporation. His dedication was aimed at providing quality products, maintaining a healthy environment, and creating a workplace that keep employees happy. Due to the culture that Lavin has created in the OSI Group, LLC he has to received awards and recognition from the Vision World Academy and RSM US LLP. In 2016 India’s Vision World Academy honored Lavin with a Global Visionary Award because he contributed to OSI Group, LLC globalizing and helping to create jobs in different countries. Further recognition for his hardwork and dedication came from RSM US LLP in 2015.
Though Lavin is now the CEO of a very successful global company, he had humble beginnings as an investor and executive in the banking industry. These positions provided him enough knowledge and experience to start his own financial consulting firm. His financial consulting firm allowed Lavin to being investing in the meat industry in 1970 when he contributed to the financing of Otto & Son. His financing of Otto & Son helped him to secure an ownership position in the company. His LinkedIn Profile.
As Otto & Sons begin to expand, Lavin became more involved and even assisted the company to expanding worldwide. By the 1980s, the name of the company had changed to OSI Group, LLC and had expanded to countries such as Taiwan. Also, in the 1980s Levin’s interest in the company changed. He gained half of the controlling interest in the OSI Group after the original partners decided to sell out. Faster forward about thirteen years later and 100% voting control now belonged to Lavin. With complete voting control, Lavin directed the company to the powerhouse it is today. Currently, OSI Group, LLC has more than 55 facilities in 16 countries along with 20,000 employees.
Thor Halverssen, filmmaker and founder of the Human Rights Foundation has made some enemies over the course of his career. Unlike some advoacates that doesn’t seem to phase him. Instead, it seams to make him work harder. Thor Halverssen is not your typical rich, white human rights crusader. Unlike most, he is willing to get down and do the dirty work.
Halverssen was born in Venezula to a Swiss father and a Venezulan mother and has seen first hand the kind of human rights violations and deplorable conditions that citizens of this “socailist” country have to live under. When he was young, his father was arrested because of his politcsl beliefs. Later his mother was shot in retaliation during a protest. But Halvessen is not just fighting for revenge either.
Halvorssen studies hard and works hard to fight for the injustices he sees being committed by all kinds of dictators. One thing that really makes him stand out among his peers is that he is not swayed by political ideologies, no matter how well-intentioned they may be. He is will to fight against dictators on all sides of the political spectrum. For example, Halvesson is known for speaking against the current leader of Venezuala, President Chavez, who is a socialist, as well as Chile’s right wing Pinochet. As far as his own political leanings, Halversson considers himself a classical liberal. Click here to know more.
Whatever his political leanings, it is clear that Thor Halverssen is hard working and is not wiling to let anyone stand in his way. A particularly memorable incident, as related in the Weekly Standard occurred in China. While filming an excited religious leader, Halverssen was arrested by the police and his cameraman had to flee with the footage. This is not the only time that he has proven that he is willing to go far for his beliefs.