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OSI Group Success, Philanthropy, History, and Awards

Sheldon Lavin is the CEO (and has been since 1975) of OSI Group McDonalds: a private holding company which makes an average annual return of 6.1 billion dollars, making it the largest single Foods Distribution Company in the world and 63rd on Forbes list. It started out as Otto and Sons located in Chicago and grew in pace with McDonald’s as it was the main supplier of McDonalds meat products. One of four McDonald’s food suppliers, Otto and Sons was located just a hop skip and jump away from the original McDonald’s location in Des Plaines, Illinois. It seems that McDonald’s chose Otto and Sons because they were one of the earlier adopters of freeze dried technologies when other companies were not willing to take the risk to invest.

Sheldon entered the company in 1975 when it was in need of a more global leader who was comfortable with running international organizations. Sheldon has helped grow the company to the 63rd largest private company on the Forbes list, and has won many environmental awards since this time. More recently, Sheldon has won the Global Visionary award, the NAMI Environmental Award, the UK’s Globe of Honour award from the Safety Council, and the California Green Business certificate award.

Sheldon himself is also a philanthropist. He grew the OSI Group McDonalds company substantially and donates his time and money greatly to Chicago-based organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, the Jewish United Fund, The Rush University Medical Center, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, and many more. OSI group McDonalds currently has over 20,000 employees in 17 countries in 65 plant locations. OSI Group McDonalds has created a research and development facility in Chicago, as well as a food Innovation Center in the United States and China In order to create new well-loved food products for consumption around the world.

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Using Cleansing Conditioners – Wen by Chaz


You may know about the importance of using shampoo, and you may even use a conditioner, but do you know about cleansing conditioners? While the idea might seem like a glaring paradox, it is actually a product that should be at home on your bathroom shelf.


According to Yahoo, traditional shampoo uses hard chemicals to strip the oil, dirt, and product from your hair. While using a classic conditioner after shampooing can mask the side-effects, it usually is heavy in silicones, and can weigh your hair down or make it appear greasy. This may seem equally unpleasant, which is why many women have opted for only shampooing and conditioning certain days of the week, known as “no-poo” days. Instead of forgoing washing your hair frequently, you can find a middle ground by using a cleansing conditioner such as one by WEN, by Chaz Dean. A cleansing conditioner fills in the gaps where regular shampoo does not perform. Cleansing conditioners are much less abrasive than the typical hair cleaning detergents because they utilize emulsification agents instead of harsh detergents. These alternatives minimize residue without compromising body or movement in your hair.


WEN is a hair care line developed by mogul, Chaz Dean. It uses a perfect blend of natural botanicals, herbs, and extracts to care for your hair. The company was founded twenty years ago, and it quickly took hold in hair salons in Bel Air and traveled throughout L.A. In particular, the special technology in WEN has Hollywood, and the majority of the world, buzzing. The lack of sulfates in WEN products, which leave hair lackluster in most shampoos, allow WEN to take the place of both your shampoo and conditioner at the same time. It also functions as a leave in conditioner…talk about getting the most bang for your buck!


WEN also can be used on an array of hair; fine, curly, thick, and ethnic hair. Because its ingredients are naturally derived, everyone that uses a cleansing conditioner will notice benefits. It is quite simple to use: simply dispense into your palms, move your hands as if you are generating lather, leave in for a minute, and rinse out. Depending on the dirtiness of your hair, a second cleanse can be done at your discretion. You will be on the track to more lustrous hair in no time with WEN hair products! Subscribe to the Wen YouTube channel and follow Wen @wenhaircare.

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Oren Frank is Transforming Mental Healthcare

Mental health is crucial for every individual, but most people do not access it. Others are not aware of its essence so; they take it for granted. In addition to these issues, mental health care is not readily available to everyone. The services are expensive for some people while others lack time to access them. Oren Frank thought about all these issues and factors and established a solution that benefits everyone.

Oren and Roni Frank decided to utilize technology and social media presence. By creating Talkspace, an online and mobile app, people will have access to mental healthcare all the time. Regardless of the time or location, the app offers therapy services to anyone requiring them. Users are using online paying methods convenient for them and receive any help needed.

So far the statistics indicate that up to one million users are benefiting from this app. The company has not been there for long yet it already making tens of millions. Talkspace is not just offering therapy but also prescribing medication to patients. Before the company began its services, Oren hired a medical officer, formerly working at United Health.

Neil Leibowitz is a highly skilled and experienced professional in the medical field. For video talking services with therapy will cost $79 and messaging goes for $49. Leibowitz will not only offer health care but also counsel on handling finances. He has experience in health insurance, and this knowledge will be vital in Talkspace. Neil is glad to be a part of this new face of healthcare. He admits that he was skeptical but later understood the positive impact it would have on the majority.

Talkspace come at a time when research reveals high statistics of depression and anxiety among millennials. An app on your device will always be there to help you through difficult times. Some people are in need of therapy, but they are uncomfortable seeking help. The app is discreet, and a patient can talk to a therapist confidentially. Therapists are also bound by the professional code to ensure privacy. Oren Frank’s idea of Talkspace was undoubtedly brilliant.

The secret behind the success of James River Capital

Leadership is both an art and science. In order to lead and manage a team effectively, it takes great skill and development. Although it can be a challenge to be a great leader, there are simple and proven ways that can help you make a significant difference. Various companies have sponsored researchers to find out what the ideal leadership strategies look like. And from their findings, they have concluded that there are three simple aspects can enhance your leadership style.


  1. Don’t just lead a team, but support them


Shifting from leading to supporting the team completely changes how you view yourself as a leader and the way you interact with your team. Even the smallest changes, like changing one word, can make the most significant impact.


  1. Welcome and Encourage Escalation


Studies indicate that approximately 85% of employees do not share critical feedback with their seniors. They sometimes withhold the information whenever they feel they will get into trouble when they share critical information. An organization that does not encourage open and transparent communication has little room for innovation, engagement, and collaboration with employees.


Therefore, it is very crucial to encourage employees to share feedback or speak during meetings. And in that way, you will encourage and welcome escalation.


  1. The opinion of everyone matters


Every member of the team has an opinion. Therefore, leaders should listen carefully to everyone’s opinion without favoritism. Even if you do not like their opinion just take it into account because it matters a lot.


When you’re in a meeting, for instance, try to engage the quieter team to speak out their mind and make them feel that their opinions are valued and wanted.


About James River Capital


James River Capital was founded as KP Futures Management Corp in 1986. Located in Richmond, Virginia, the company served as Kidder’s alternative investment. In 1995, it became an independent investment company when its two senior officers – Kevin Brant and Paul Saunders – acquired the firm from Kidder.


While serving clients in the United States of America, the firm provides investment management, commodity trading, and advisory among other related services.


James River Capital is registered as a Commodity Operator as well as a Trading Advisor with CFTC, and as an Investment Advisor with the SEC. The company had more than 570 million dollars under the management of James River Products as of July 1, 2018.


The company’s success is attributed to the leadership of its founder Paul Saunders. Saunders success secret is demonstrated by the practice of the three simple aspects mentioned in this article. Learn more: