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OSI Industries has been growing for over a century. What began as a local butcher’s shop has grown into a global business which employs 20,000 people. It has 65 facilities in 17 countries. This company’s rise from humble, local business to international success is an example of what America’s economic system is capable of.

OSI Industries’ history is also rooted in immigration. A German immigrant in the Chicago area created the company. His name was Otto Kolschowsky, and his original intention was to simply create a butcher’s shop. However, his children – Arthur and Harry – were able to secure a deal that made them an international sensation.

Arthur and Harry struck a deal with a new restaurant that had opened up in Des PLaines, Illinois. That restaurant was named McDonald’s, and, as everyone already knows, it is the world’s biggest fast food franchise. OSI and McDonald’s flourished together, both becoming global brands.


The hardworking employees at OSI should receive some of the credit. David McDonald, for example, who has been with the company for nearly 30 years, has devoted his life to bettering OSI Industries.

David McDonald was raised on an Iowa farm. He attended college locally at Iowa State University. Now David is the COO of one of the biggest food distributors in the world.

While attending college, McDonald studied animal science. He was also given the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award, an award which honors seniors who display high character and have outstanding achievements in academics.

As for OSI Industries, David played a vital role in the expansion into China. He was also a vital component to the purchase of Baho Foods, a Dutch food company that produced deli meats and snacks. As OSI Industries opens new factories, purchases other companies, and generally expand, David McDonald is behind the scenes assisting with the important decisions.

David McDonald’s expertise in food production logistics makes him an important part of any new purchases or factory openings.

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A close friend of President Trump, Arab real estate mogul and DAMAC owner Hussain Sajwani has lived out his own example of Trump’s book “Art of the Deal.” He’s worked closely with UAE government leaders and contractors to build some of the most extravagant properties in the Middle East, but how he arrived at that point came from the lessons he learned from his father. As a young boy, Hussain Sajwani would help his father manage the merchandise at his trade shop, and he would notice sometimes that his father would strike high-priced deals with visiting customers when selling certain items. He learned from his father how to identify commodities in the market that were high in demand, and in doing so would later apply that principle to real estate as DAMAC owner.

Hussain Sajwani got his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and then launched his first business, an international catering venture. The business’s clients ranged from large corporations to non-profit groups and government agencies. While running this company, Sajwani was exposed to even more opportunities to build wealth through buying affordable commercial real estate and turning it into highly developed parts of the UAE’s capital, Dubai. He founded DAMAC Properties in 2002 and its portfolio has been steadily growing ever since.

Some of the most well-known properties Hussain Sajwani has developed as DAMAC owner include the Marina Terrace housing area near the Persian Gulf coast, Park Towers in the financial district, DAMAC Tower in Beirut, Lebanon, DAMAC Hills which has been part of a partnership with the Trump Organization, and AYKON City. DAMAC Properties was privately-owned for about the first 13 years that Hussain Sajwani owned it, but a few years ago he took it public and had shares listed on both the Muscat Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. In addition to investing in real estate, Sajwani supports several philanthropies sponsored by the UAE government that include the Red Crescent, One Million Arab Coders, and various humanitarian aid groups.


After the disaster in Texas that was Hurricane Harvey, there were many businesses and regular citizens alike who felt as if they could only sit back and watch in horror as people lost not only their possessions and homes but often their lives as well.

The successful company known as Stream Energy did not rest on their laurels, however. they actually jumped into action and put their vast resources to work as only an energy giant could. It is practically embedded in the DNA of the Stream Energy company to be philanthropically-minded. The company, who sells energy directly to consumers, began the charity foundation known as “Stream Cares”. This puts a more formal structure on the philanthropy nature of the company, even though Stream Energy has been renowned in this area for the past dozen or more years.

While corporate philanthropy is a relatively new ideal that major corporations are subscribing too, it has been with Stream Energy for quite a while, this is perhaps due to their unique nature of doing business. The way the company operates is thus. The energy company sells it energy directly to people or to businesses who then build up a network of loyal associates. The associates earn a commission through each sale which is made. Not only energy is sold but also services such as access to clean energy and virtual doctors along with telemedicine.

Since the business is more individualized than other corporations, the net effect is to actually maximize the philanthropist nature of the giving spirit that belongs to each member. One of the biggest and most-embraced charities that Stream Energy has formed is one called Hope Supply, which seeks to aid in the welfare of homeless children throughout Texas. With the help that Stream Energy has already brought, it is safe to say the giving will not stop anytime soon.

A life-work balance is essential for all. But, it becomes a must for plate-jugglers, like Ryan Seacrest. A heavily scheduled life-track, incorporating his nationally syndicated radio show, On Air With Ryan, his talk show hosting gig on “Live With Kelly Ripa,” never mind the production and hosting tasks that arrive wrapped up in mega-hits, like “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” and the wildly popular star-search venue “Idol, all of which collude to make Ryan busier than a one-armed paper-hanger. Me-moments become uber-important.

An aficionado of the powdered green tea leaves that constitute matcha, Ryan Seacrest starts his workday with a swig. A believer in the benefits of physical activity, Seacrest, puts working with a trainer front and center of his work-balance cheat sheet, even bringing a trainer to the Bahamas for a live episode with Kelly Ripa.

A recent innovation in the Ryan Seacrest workout detail has been the addition of a boxing coach. Seacrest advocates use of the Peloton Bike, a favorite that he gets on before hitting the office. He also likes to run outdoors, preferring it to treadmill runs.

A foodie, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest adheres to a mainly vegan diet. Prone to distraction, Seacrest has learned locking his phone and pushing interviews to the latter half of his day are tricks that keep him on point.

A fan of broadcast giant, Dick Clark, Ryan once asked the legend about his effortless performance. Clark noted that if watchers thought a host was having an easy time of it, he was doing his job properly. Ryan Seacrest credits this bit of wisdom, along with an ability to stay positive and say “got it” as often as possible, with propelling him along his path to success.

With an apparel line for men, created especially for Macys, called “Distinction,” and a skincare line, developed with Dr. Lancer, called “Polish,” also aimed at a male clientele, Seacrest (@ryanseacrest) has more fingers in more pots than the average bear. Yet, somehow the star finds time for his non-profit, The Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which uses entertainment to inspire the next generation. In short, Balance.

Ted Bauman is an Editor at Banyan Hill Publishing since 2013 and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an editor of The Bauman Letter, Alpha Stock Alert and Plan B Club. These all focus on the topic of investing specifically asset protection, low-risk investment strategies, privacy and international migration issues. Ted Bauman received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from The State University of New York then went on to earn his MBA in Finance at Georgia State University. HE then graduated from the University of Cape Town in South Africa with postgraduate degrees in Economics and History. Bauman spent 25 years of his career in South Africa where he worked in the nonprofit sector. He was a fund manager for low-cost housing projects which included Slum Dwellers Internationals which has helped over 14 million people.

Ted Bauman credits success as a writer to being able to “utilize excellent writing skills and narrative skills to explain mundane topics like finance and asset protection.” He also says that getting up earlier and time management tend to make him most productive. He claims that he is not “a great time manager” but knows when he is most productive and uses that time of the day to get “the hardest work done.” In fact, when asked if he could start over again, what he would do different, he stated that he would learn time management habits earlier which would have made him much more productive. Ted Bauman states that his worst jobs were “typical minimum wage jobs” like McDonalds, Burger King, gas stations and restaurants. He states that those jobs taught him “what it’s like to be a person in a working-class environment which ultimately allowed him to “appreciate the fact that if you really want a society to thrive over the long term, you have to pay attention to the welfare of the people at the bottom as well as the top.”

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Most businesses fall off tracks within their second year of operation. Fortress investment group didn’t just defy this conventionalism but went on to become the most successful hedge fund in its first decade of operation. Even with numerous odds stuck against it in the periods leading to the financial crisis in 2009 that threatened its sustainability, the alternative investment banker survived it all to regain its market share in the industry? But what does it take to grow such a successful brand?

Able leadership

In the last two decades that Fortress Investment Group was in operation, it came under heavy fire from authorities, internal conflicts, and numerous operational challenges. The company was only able to overcome all this due to the expert skilled leadership it enjoys from the likes of Randal Nardone as its CEO as well as Peter Briger and Wes Edens as the Co-Chairs.

Product diversification

In the asset management world, there is only so much a hedge fund can reap from one investment vehicle. Fortress group founders understood this from the onset and, therefore, sought to diversify into different markets. They created different departments within the fund headed by the key principles based on their investment strengths and experience.

Adaptability to changing industry dynamic

Fortress investment group invested heavily in the credit markets division with a particular interest in real estate investment  and such distressed debts as mortgages. At one time, the credit department led by Wes Edens contributed as much as 30 percent of the company’s total revenues. This would, however, change when the real estate bubble burst in 2008, with the resulting financial crisis deconstructing the company’s shares and diminishing their value.This put the partner’s crisis management skills to test. They would nonetheless survive by shifting their attention from the credit markets fund and concentrating on other equally profitable markets. Their latest move involves the establishment of the first privately owned and operated railway line, Brightline express.

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Fortress investment was established in 1998 as an alternative investment banker with interests in multiple industries. It would go on to become the most influential hedge fund soon after takeoff. It was, however, acquired by Softbank in 2017 though it continues to operate independently in New York headquarters.

Alastair Borthwick is well-known for his impressive life as an author, journalist and broadcaster. He was alive from 1913 to 2003 and is famous for two totally different types of books. The first one was published in 1935 and is called “Always A Little Further”. This book is full of the several pieces he wrote for the Glasgow Herald. Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Scotland, spent some childhood years in Troon and then moved to Glasgow where he had left his high school at the young age of 16.

While in Glasgow, he was quite interested and involved in climbing and hillwalking. He wrote for the Open Air page of the Herald on these subjects as well as people who had gone out to the Highlands on the weekends. These are the experiences that inspired Borthwick for his first book. “Always A Little Further” is considered to be one of the top books on the subject of Scotland’s outdoor activities. This was able to occur by the strong interest of T. S. Eliot who happened to be a director at Fabers, the publisher.

Alastair Borthwick had his second book, “Sans Peur, The History of the 5th (Caithness and Sutherland) Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders” published in 1946. This book is about his action during World War II as an Intelligence Officer. He had seen action with the Seaforth Highlanders in France, Belgium, Holland, Sicily, Italy, North Africa and Germany. His book had also gone to print in 1994 and was called “Battalion: A British Infantry Unit’s Actions From El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945” and had enjoyed an amazing critical acclaim.

Borthwick had married Anne in 1940. They moved to Jura from Glasgow where he bagan broadcasting for the BBC as well as enjoying fishing and crofting. He got into the television business during the 1960s and produced 150 programs that were a half hour long, covering a vast amount of different subjects on Grampian TV.

During the 1970s the couple lived in Ayrshire living on a hill farm before his death in 2003.

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A billionaire entrepreneur, Eric Lefkofsky has made a huge impact on the business world while also building an impressive resume. Lefkofsky is the founder of multiple businesses including his current company Tempus, a technology company that provides medical services. Eric is impacting the entire globe not only with his business ventures, but with his philanthropy work as well.Eric Lefkofsky grew up in a Jewish family in the heart of Michigan. He is the product of humble beginnings- his mom worked as a school teacher, his dad worked as an engineer. As a kid he attended Tamarack Camps, a Jewish summer camp where he later became a staff member.

Lefkofsky would eventually attend the University of Michigan where he would graduate with honors. Just two years later he earned his Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School.Soon after college, Lefkofsky began his work as an extraordinary entrepreneur. He worked closely with partner Brad Keywell for some of his early ventures. The duo took out a loan to start their first business Brandon Apparel, a clothing company. Recognizing the rise of the internet, the duo created Starbelly, an internet company that specializes in promotional products,just five years later. Lefkofsky would soon venture out on his own creating a number of his successful business which include companies like InnerWorkings, MediaBank and would eventually become one of the most successful companies ever. It became known as Groupon, and revolutionized the way people shop online. Lefkofsky has earned billions of dollars with this company. In 2010 it was recognized by Forbes as the fastest growing company in history.Eric Lefkofsky’s philanthropy has been just as impactful as his many business ventures. With the help of his wife, he formed the Lefkofsky Foundation in 2006. This group is focused on the needs of children and their education. Furthermore Lefkofsky has served as a board member on several boards including The Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry.

Graeme Holm and Rebecca Walker are the co-founders of the Infinity Group Australia, a debt-reduction company that works closely with Australian customers in order to find a way to get ahead with their financial planning. Holm jokingly calls himself a ‘financial coach’ but the truth of the matter is that he is simply correct. Holm and Walker established the company back in 2013 with the goal of helping members of the Australian community get back on track with their finances. It seems odd to say, but they probably didn’t envision the success that would soon be coming their way. Recently, Infinity Group Australia made one of the most prestigious financial publications in all of Australia when they were named the 58th Most Innovative Company in the country by the Australian Financial Review (AFR).


The Australian Financial Review is one of the most prestigious financial publications in Australia and New Zealand. With a readership close to 2 million people, making any page of the Australian Financial Review is an incredible honor and a definitive boon to the company in question. For the past seven years, the AFR has been releasing their annual list of Most Innovative Companies. In order to make the list, companies like Holm’s have to meet a deep list of standards that are performed by an analytics company known as Inventium. Inventium looks at businesses and weighs how much they impact the community, the services that they provide, and their cultural impact of the region. Additionally, quality of product and business success are also weighed and considered just as important for the metric. Learn more:


Holm and Walker were on hand for the 2018 Awards Gala hosted by the Australian Financial Review and they were onstage in order to get their award. Landing on the 58th spot of the list meant that Infinity Group Australia landed in as one of the top 6% of companies in the entire country. The weight of that honor wasn’t lost on Holm or Walker and both were quick to tout the quality of their team, the passion of their employees, and the good work of the Australian people who counted on them to help them out with their finances.


Graeme Holm is the engine behind the success at Infinity Group Australia, though he’d be quick to decline that title, and his work comes from a long career in the financial industry. Holm had spent 17 years working in major banking environments before realizing that he’d be better served in a different capacity and in a different context. Now, Holm is focused on working directly with people as the financial coach that they need in order to get their finances in order.












Graeme Holm, Founder of Infinity Group Australia, Accepts AFR 2018 Award

Malcolm CasSelle is the CIO of the world’s leading bitcoin merchant, OPSkins. OPSkins is also the world’s leading centralized marketplace. However, it is expected that now that it is eligible for decentralization, it will soon be making the switch since a centralized technology company has more limitations to overcome. OPSkins recently opened up a revolutionary blockchain gaming asset trading platform known as Worldwide Asset eXchange (or WAX). Two big virtual trading problems that WAX has fixed are fragmentation and fraud.

The fragmentation problem has meant that since all countries have their own payment processes, languages, and security concerns, trading between countries has been nearly impossible until now. WAX has eliminated this by making a place with a central payment process, language, and security concern so that all traders everywhere can trade together no matter where they are. An important key to this is the ability to tokenize all of your assets on WAX. These tokens allow users to trade with whomever they wish instantly. Although a separate entity than OPSkins, WAX is also led by CasSelle who serves as its president.

Long prior to joining OPSkins, CasSelle earned degrees in Computer Science from MIT and Stanford University. He served as president and CTO of Tronc and the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media at Seachange International. He has also helped lead MediaPass, Xfire, and Groupon’s initiative in China. He also spent time as co-founder and leader of PCCW in Hong Kong. During his time with PCCW, he was instrumental in helping it raise billions of dollars in funding. During this time he also helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for other projects. While working in Asia, he became fluent in both Japanese and Mandarin. It was also during these earlier years that he was an active early investor in Facebook, Zynga, and various blockchain companies.