Scaling greater heights with Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin, at age 81 is the CEO of OSI group. Mr. Lavin has a degree in finance and accounting. He received various awards from several business activities, he initially was running a financial consulting company before joining OSI Company that is in 1971. His firm was mainly working with food companies and advising them on how to acquire funding and how to manage these funds.

Through cooperation with this food companies, Mr. Lavin was given the opportunity to join OSI group where he was able to acquire 50% stake at the company and thus became the major shareholder and later on he was able to reach 100% of the company’s shares. As the CEO Sheldon Lavin has managed to propel the company to greater heights which were previously owned by a family. The company has managed to cross borders and is now present in 17 countries with over 40,000 employees in their 70 facilities. Sheldon Lavin also acknowledges the importance of modern technology and internet to businesses and through keeping up with the currents trends he has been able to keep the company relevant over the years.

With $6billion in revenues, the company has managed to be one of the top organization the under the management of Mr. Sheldon. His main aim was to make the facilities world-class with top class services. In an interview with Mr. Sheldon stated that he was able to take the company to greater height because of his management and the strict rules together with strategies he has put in place for employees. He ensures that the financing of the company is well managed with budgeting being limited. He, however, he says he is open to suggestions from his employees.

As the CEO of the OSI, Mr. Lavin has received various awards. In 2016 he received the global visionary award in India. The award was presented to him because of his contribution to humanity by assisting individuals in achieving their dreams. He also received a lifetime achievement award offered by RSM US LLP due to his service provision to the Chicago community.

Mr. Lavin is also involved in charity especially through the Ronald McDonald House Charity, United Negro College Fund, and Evans Scholarship Fund not to mention others. Through his contributions to these charities, a lot of people have been able to achieve their educational dreams. Sheldon Lavin believes in humility and working smart and from these virtues, he has been able to achieve a lot throughout his life.

CEO Troy McQuagge Awarded Due to Excellence

Health insurance sector is growing fast as a result of excellent services from health insurance providers. The health providers need to have managerial skills to grow and expand.

Therefore CEOs like Troy McQuagge need to be rewarded due to their excellence in the competitive industry. Troy is the CEO of USHEALTH Group, and he has helped the company in growing its customer base and make more revenue.

In 2010, Troy joined USHEALTH, and he started working towards his goal of making the company better. He transformed the distribution agency to have more advisors who will help in representing the company’s products to clients. USHEALTH Advisors was improved by McQuagge leadership and managerial tactics. He knew very well the company will be more competitive and that will lead to profitability and growth.

With hard work, determination and experience of over 30 years in health insurance sector, Troy made USHEALTH Group better. In 2016, One Planet Award named Troy McQuagge as the CEO of the year Gold Winner.

This award is coveted by many as it is a global premier award program recognizing professional and business excellence worldwide. Many companies submit their nominations no matter their sizes, profit or nonprofit to receive the prestigious award.

Troy McQuagge said that he was delighted to be awarded and the recognition brought motivation to his work. He also said that the award was for all USHEALTH Group as they work as a team to deliver quality services to health insurance clients.

He has helped the company in developing affordable health insurance policies that solve many clients’ healthcare needs. With teamwork and dedication to providing credible health insurance services, Troy is confident the USHEALTH Group will continue to serve and provide pocket-friendly health insurance services.

Troy McQuagge was born in Florida where he grew up. Troy attended the University of Central Florida where he graduated with a B.A degree. His desires to become an influential person in his career always made him search for greatness. Therefore, he secured a job at Allstate insurance company. He worked hard and ensured he climbed the ladder in managerial positions.

In 1997 Troy was promoted to a president position at United Insurance company’s Agency. In 2006 the firm was sold and rebranded to Health Market Group, but Troy was retained. He was to manage all sales of the company.

While at Health Market Group he helped the company in making sales of over $1 billion annually. He also helped in raising share price to $55 from $2 per share. His experience and leadership qualities made him join USHEALTH Group where he was tasked with more challenging tasks, and he delivered.

He is dedicated to helping the company in the development, and he is confident the company will continue to dominate in health insurance provision.

Read more: Troy McQuagge Honored as Winner in the Annual 2016 CEO World Awards CEO of the Year: Insurance

Omar Yunes: How the Escalating Real Estate Prices are Affecting California-based Charities

The ever-increasing values of real estate in California are causing operational challenges for charities. Many charitable entities depend on donations and grants from the private, public, and the government for their survivals. When rental fees in places like Los Angeles and San Francisco increase rapidly on an annual basis, many charities struggle to remain operational. Although some nonprofit organizations are forced to close down, others survive by sourcing for extra funds to cater for their costs. Alternatively, some charities decide to relocate to a more cost-friendly location.

Why does this real estate problem affect Californians?

In California, many nonprofit organizations support a wide array of causes, ranging from medical services, childcare, tax assistance, to adult job training support. These organizations assist disadvantaged individuals and families in accessing items and services, which may be unaffordable to them. Therefore, when California charitable organization close down due to escalating real estate values, the individuals and families that depend on their products and services go without or dig deep into the pockets to pay for them.

A look at the status of San Francisco real estate

San Francisco prides itself on having the highest rates of per-capital income in the United States. With its improved economic expansion after the Great Recession, the city has one of the highly valued real estate markets in the nation. San Francisco is recognized as the greatest city that enabled California to survive and continue to grow even after the Green Recession. Families and people who depend on those nonprofits are suffering. The $2.7 million donations from the city to address the rent issues facing charities catered for only 13 organizations, representing a minute fraction of all charitable entities available in the city. Click here to know more.

Omar Yunes emerges the winner in the prestigious Best Franchisee of the World (BFW) Contest

Sushi Itto’s Omar Yunes trounced several competitors from different nations across the globe to win the BFW competition that occurred on December 5, 2015. Florence, Italy, served as the host for this auspicious event. Omar won due to his excellent contributions to the ceaseless growth of the brand he manages. At just 21 years, he was a franchisee at a recognized Japanese Food Chain. Today, Omar owns and runs 13 franchised units, which are centrally located in Veracruz, Puebla, and Mexico City.

Eric Pulier Is Now Heading Up vAtomic Ventures

Eric Pulier has made numerous software engineer and entrepreneur recognitions over the years, including CRN’s VAR Business Top 30 eVisionaries of 1998. Pulier formerly focused exclusively on enterprise service-oriented software and also brought his innovative ideas to non-profit groups and government initiatives. But now he’s joined the startup seeding and ventures industry and is opening a new company, vAtomic Ventures. Inspired by the developers of Uber and the mobile gaming industry, vAtomic Ventures is exploring ways to create disruptive apps using ideas from mobile games to address real world business solutions.


Pulier had a passion for exploring technology back when he was a young 4th grader learning how to program. He was a high honors student coming out of high school who earned a scholarship to Harvard. He completed a bachelor’s degree at Harvard in American literature and also served as a writer for the Harvard Crimson. Pulier also took classes at MIT on the side.


Eric Pulier started as a consultant for a social activist non-profit group in Los Angeles known as People Doing Things. Three years later he founded a company of his own that specialized in interactive digital media that was later merged into the US Interactive platform. During this time Pulier also started exploring virtual desktop and cutting edge server technology, and eventually he developed a virtual desktop application named Desktone which is now part of VMware’s suite. Pulier also built a cloud enterprise system in ServiceMesh which was later bought out by the Computer Sciences Corporation.


Pulier was also a consultant to former President Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative and a technology advisor to the Al Gore Healthcare Forum. His passion for bringing technology into healthcare and having some fun while at it was on display at the 1998 Starbright World event. This event was put together at several children’s hospitals across the US and had 3D interactive games and videoconferencing for children with serious diseases. Many years later Pulier joined Peter Diamandis’s XPrize on the Board of Innovation. XPrize is a technology exploration and competition program that awards thousands of dollars in prizes to teams who can create a solution for a scientific challenge.