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OSI Group Superhero, Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin is the superhero of OSI Group. Coming from a strong financial and investor background, he accepted OSI’s request to become CEO in 1970. It all started out with the bank offering him an “ownership position in Otto & Sons.” (http://www.amickfarms.com/corpresponsibility.html). Mr. Lavin’s business knowledge proved to be successful since a big corporation like McDonald’s requested to work full time after Lavin joined in. He helped OSI Group go from a small company to one of the world’s top food suppliers. Fast forwarding to the 21st century, Lavin has helped build OSI to a company with almost “20,000 employees globally.” Treating employees right has been one of his key focus as they have expanded in multiple countries.

Speaking of all of his successes, he was honored with a Global Visionary Award around March 2016. The Global Visionary Award is one of India’s way to honor key leaders around the world. Those leaders who have “turned their dreams into reality” during the ups and downs. They are recognized for never giving up and succeeding greatly. OSI Group has also been recognized for a wide array of awards.

Some for community involvement and others for different business tasks. Forbes recognized OSI Group for being a billion dollar company in 2011. Mr. Lavin still controls business transactions with OSI Group til this day. It is amazing to see a company with so many loyal employees and business relationships. Mr. Lavin has impacted so many people lives in a major way since he became Cheif Executive Officier with OSI Group.

Josh Verne: How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Succeed in Life and Business

Josh Verne: How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Succeed in Life and Business

To succeed in business and life often requires a keen understanding of your self, as well as your role in each situation. To succeed in your life and business, Josh Verne, CEO of Flocku.com and 20 year entrepreneur in starting, growing, and selling businesses, offers the following tips:

1. Seek Balance in Your Life

A successful life requires balance. For example, you can have all the money in the world, but if your health and home life are out of balance, you will suffer. Likewise, if you have a loving family and good health, but your finances are out of order, you will also suffer.

In this regard, balance is not about devoting the same measure of time on each aspect of your life, but rather making improvements in all aspects of your life.

Ensuring that you progress just a bit each time in your personal growth, health, relationships, and wealth will help ensure that you are living your best life, and those around you will benefit from it.

2. Find Out What You are Passionate About

To live a good life, find out what you are passionate about.

You need to find what gets you out of bed each morning with a fire deep down in your gut.

Something that wakes you up early and makes you work late. Something that makes you want to skip parties. Something you would do even if you weren’t getting paid.

Neglecting to do so, ultimately means living a life that brings you drudgery and the same uninspiring disorder day after day, sort of like groundhog day. So find your passion, and do what feels good in life.

3. Understand Your Role as Manager

There are two types of managers: bosses and leaders. Bosses often rely on their title to get things done. This type of manager may demand respect and typically does what is in his own best interest.

A leader, on the other hand, earns respect by putting his people first. In addition, he uses respect to accomplish the goals he and his team have set together.

To truly succeed in life, you need to be a leader and forego forcing your will onto others and demanding respect. In other words, if you serve the people, they will follow you, and your team can accomplish any goals you put your mind to.

4. Speak Less, Listen More

This goes without saying. The more you listen, the more in control you will appear, and the more people will be alert when you have something to share, which gives what you have to say more power.

5. Strive for Win-Win Situations

Always strive to achieve a win-win deal or plan of action. This means, a win for you, a win for your employees, a win for your clients, and ultimately, a win for society.

When you settle to situations that are not win-win, you will not be forced to find the very best solution for all parties involved. This will reflect on your business, your team, and your reputation in a non favorable way.

No matter how bad a situation may appear, there is always a way to create a win for everybody.

Mike Baur The Swiss Startup Factory

Mike Baur is the co-founder and CEO of The Swiss Startup Factory. In 2014 The Swiss Startup Factory was born with the idea of creating global companies that are unique to the prevailing norms of business models and products. They offer a three-month accelerated program that will assist early stage startups with financing, coaching, mentoring and office space. They offer their clients access to the entrepreneurial and investment world.

The office space offered is where like-minded individuals can work and share connections. Your office space will include your own desk, access to the lunch room, free Wi-Fi, a fitness room, extra storage space, a conference room and espresso bar. These amenities are made affordable to their clients who are offered a package that is designed for his or her needs.

Financial services provided by The Swiss Startup Factory include bookkeeping, proper invoice and payroll management, financial statements, cash flow reports, tax & VAT reporting and overall financial health reviews. These financial services are important to any company whether it be a well-established firm or a startup.

Located in Zürich, Switzerland The Swiss Startup Factory has become the number one totally independent and privately funded ICT Startup Accelerator in Switzerland in less than three years. They have already launched several successful startups such as Struckd, Blinkers, Carhelper, and Beaconsmind.

Mike Baur makes his home in Fribourg, Switzerland and is strongly connected to the region. As a teenager, he was already fascinated by the world of banking and finance. Mike Baur feels very fortunate that he was able to turn his early passion for finance and banking into his lifelong profession. After receiving an MBA from the University of Rochester New York he attended the University of Bern and earned an Executive MBA degree.

Mike spent the next 20 years working in the Swiss Private Banking industry. He started as a commercial apprentice working for banking giant UBS and eventually served as an executive board member for one of the biggest Swiss Private Bank’s the Clariden Leu and Sallfort. Not being satisfied with what he had already accomplished Mike Baur decided to leave his position and began investing in startup companies, even before he co-founded The Swiss Startup Factory with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer. The three partners decided it was time to provide a platform that would offer young talented Swiss entrepreneurs with ambitious goals the tools and expertise it takes to be a successful startup.

 

 

Securus Technologies Exposes GTL Fraud

Securus Technologies, an eminent provider of criminal justice technology, is taking GTL, a fellow provider, to task in new press releases and published reports. Securus states that their company, founded in the state of Louisiana, fraudulently adds seconds to calls to overcharge customers, double bills them, and does all this fully conscious of the illegality of the practices.

Their aim in publishing these findings is to reintroduce to the industry a kind of integrity that they feel is lacking in companies like GTL. Richard A. Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Securus, takes pride in the work companies like Securus does and wants there to be transparency and honesty in the industry.

“I love our industry – serving law enforcement, corrections, inmates, friends/family members, and all of society,” said Smith. “It offends me and our entire industry when a carrier stoops well below the integrity bar that most other carriers have – but GTL does not. Our business’ mission is a lot more than making money. It is to serve all of our customers with their best interests at heart – in the right way.”

As part of their press release, Securus states that due to these unlawful practices, GTL overcharged state of Lousiana taxpayers $1,243,000. These results were originally published in 1998, but Securus has found that the fraud has continued despite warnings. Securus hopes these series of reports will contribute to a more honest industry and help hold fellow providers accountable for wrongdoing.

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Talk Fusion CEO Bob Reina Announces 30 Day Free Trial Periods

Bob Reina is the Chief Executive Officer of Talk Fusion. Reina founded Talk Fusion in 2007. Talk Fusion is one of the World’s first all in one Video Marketing Solutions. Talk Fusion helps businesses find ways to stand out from their competition. Talk Fusion wants to help businesses reach their goals of increasing sales and profits. Talk Fusion features unique ways to help marketing become more engaging and memorable using video. This form of marketing has helped businesses improve customer retention. Talk Fusion’s products are available in more than 100 countries.

Recently, Reina announced after a lot of promotion and anticipation that Talk Fusion has launched a Free Trial Program for 30 days. Associates in well over 100 countries around the globe can now offer prospective customers a risk free version of the Video Marketing Solution for 30 days in hopes of the customer purchasing the full version. Reina says that based on the initial activity of the Free Trial Period, there will be a rise in customer accounts and success.

Reina believes that the Free Trial Program shows associates that they do not have to be experienced salesmen in order to promote Talk Fusion’s video marketing products. The launch of the Free Trial Program features direct marketing and online resources, as well as new incentives and advantages to help put associates in a position to have a successful business. Associates will have access to sales materials, product resources, and webpages. Reina says that these tools will help associates garner their own excitement. During the 30 day trial period, associates have the opportunity to grow their base and establish brand loyalty. Once an associate gets a new customer, they receive more free trials to handout.

Talk Fusion’s famous Instant Pay Compensation Plan has been improved and now features additional bonuses and incentives. This makes the Free Trial Program even more appealing. Reina feels that the Free Trial Program will be beneficial to both customers and associates.

Learn more about Bob Reina

Innovation in Telecommunications, Coriant Inc.

Coriant is a independent telecom company focused on utilizing edge to core networking services to cater to online video, mobile or cloud platforms. Coriant’s business model revolves around the improvement of several different fields of networking construction and management, namely, mobile back hauling, long haul transport, fixed mobile convergence as well as legacy SONET and SDH migration. The company services leaders in the telecommunication industry in well over one hundred different countries the world over and bears over thirty five years of distinguished telecommunication service experience. Coriant is based primarily out of Germany (which houses it’s R & D, manufacturing and operational center) as well as the United States, Finland, Portugal and China with several other smaller operational centers all over the rest of the world.

Coriant is well known for it’s innovative and cutting edge product package which includes devices and services for a wide array of communication platforms. Some of their most popular and well received include the Coriant Groove G30 DCI Platform for Optical Transport Solutions, the Coriant Transcend SDN Solution System for software defined networking, the 8000 Intelligence Network Management System for intelligence network management, the 8000’s Smart Router Series for edge routing solutions as well as the 6300 Managed MSPP Transport Platform for cross connection solutions.

However, Coriant does more than merely provide network access and software, they also offer a full suite of network and technical support. Support services include both on site and remote technical operation, designated, project specific support management, on site or remote technical upgrades and improvements as well as on site hardware management, replacement and upgrades.

Coriant is currently managed by CEO and Chairman of the Board, Shaygan Kheradpir, a PhD and Master’s holder in engineering who has a long and proven history within the telecommunication industry. He has worked for various companies before landing in his leadership position with Coriant, some of which include such prestigious companies as GTE, Jupiter Networks and Marlin Equity Partners. Kheradpir is also the holder of multiple patents pertaining to various networking fields and holds positions on the boards of both Cornell University’s Engineering Council and the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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