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Taking Charge from Humble Beginnings, Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin began working for OSI Group as far back as 1970 when it was still known as Otto & Sons. Before then Sheldon Lavin had a successful career as a investor and executive in the banking industry and owning his own financial consulting firm.

As the CEO of OSI Group Sheldon Lavin oversaw his company grow each year and now OSI Group has around 20,000 employees globally and feels these people are the most important part of business.

Due to this, in 2016 Sheldon Lavin won the Global Visionary Award from India's Vision World Academy, which awards visionaries who made their dreams into reality through perseverance and persistence.

OSI Group also was presented with the Globe Of Honor award in three separate years, 2013, 2015, and 2016 from the British safety council for demonstrating excellent environmental management.

Sheldon Lavin did not just get awards, he was also in charge when OSI Group purchased Baho Foods and Flagship Europe which helped OSO Group grow to the kind of company it is now, which currently operates 60 different facilities in 16 different countries.

Sheldon Lavin was also part of several charitable organizations. He was a board member for both the Goldman Theatre and the Rush University Medical Center which is a not for profit healthcare, education and research enterprise which is based in Chicago. He was also the President and Director for the Sheba Foundation, which is a family charitable foundations that helps Ethiopian Jews assimilate into modern Israeli society. OSI acquires UK's Flagship Europe

Sheldon Lavin contributed to many charities which include the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Jewish United Fund, Evans Scholarship Fund, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, United Negro Fund, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. OSI Group’s Global Expansion Progresses Swiftly

Finally he was a trustee for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which is a program that serves up to 5.5 million children and their families, has local chapters in more than 64 different countries and has collected up to $300 million in collection boxes. The Ronald McDonald House Charities does this with the help of 431,174 volunteers. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin Receives Global Visionary Award

With being the head of the OSI Group and all of his charitable contributions, Sheldon Lavin has positively impacted a very large number of people. Sheldon Lavin, Chairman And CEO Of OSI Group, LLC


Senators Gillibrand And Booker Pledge To End Citizens United, Reject Corporate Dollars

As the 2018 midterm election cycle kicks into high gear, more and more prominent Democratic officeholders and candidates for office are taking very public stances against corporate funding of political campaigns. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Booker recently joined some of their colleagues in taking a pledge to reject corporate money.

Both popular northeastern liberal senators made the pledge in partnership with End Citizens United, which is a political action committee that fights for campaign finance reform.

Named to signify the organization's desire to overturn the much-maligned Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the PAC gives endorsements to candidates for office who promise to spurn corporate campaign dollars and fight for reform. End Citizens United also raises grassroots money for candidates it supports.

The judicial ruling that End Citizens United seeks to overturn removed caps on spending done in favor of or opposition to political candidates. The decision basically allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on political advocacy. Candidates that End Citizens United endorses work to take steps to reverse the effects of that ruling.

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By making the pledge to End Citizens United, Senators Gillibrand and Booker are turning away millions of dollars in support from corporate entities. While they will receive grassroots support through the PAC and through individual supporters who are pleased with their stance, both politicians perhaps did so to appeal even more to a national liberal base.

Senator Gillibrand is up for reelection in New York this November, and she is heavily favored to win. While she is in a good position to refuse corporate money and is certainly pleased to have the support of End Citizens United this year, she is perhaps thinking ahead to a potential presidential run in 2020.

Meanwhile, Senator Booker's New Jersey senate seat is not on the ballot during this election cycle. While he will be up for reelection in 2020, many expect him to consider a run for the presidency as well.

Given that both senators are considered highly likely to seek the Democratic nomination in 2020, it is enormously helpful to them to appeal to Democratic primary voters as much as possible, and to also work to help elect other Democrats during the mid-term elections. Rejecting corporate dollars and working with End Citizens United will help them accomplish these goals.

The PAC has praised Senators Gillibrand and Booker for each of their pledges, noting that their rejection of corporate money will resonate with frustrated voters all across the country.

End Citizens United will be working throughout 2018 to convince candidates for office to refuse corporate funding, and will endorse ones who will actively seek to undo the harm caused by the 2010 Supreme Court decision.



Securus Technologies Secures Yet Another Payment Processor

In early January of this year, Securus Technologies continued its addition of subsidiaries with the purchase of GovPayNet. This payment processing company is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and was formed in 1997. Since then they have gained contracts with more than 2,300 government agencies to provide electronic credit and debit payment processing. The acquisition of GovPayNet, along with its previous acquisition of JPay, gives Securus the ability to process more than 40 million electronic payments yearly. Mark MacKenzie will stay on as CEO of GovPayNet, a role that he has been in since 2012. This is the latest in a long line of subsidiary acquisitions that Securus has made over the past decade. GovPayNet was formed in 1997 and operate in 35 states, with their services provided to over 25% of U.S. counties.


Securus Technologies owns over 20 subsidiaries that provide technology solutions for inmates, corrections facilities, and law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Mexico. A few of their companies include JPay, Telerus, and CellBlox. These companies and others provide a number of services including cell phone detection, biometric analysis, telecommunications, payment processing, and others. They provide technology-based services to over 1.2 million inmates in over 3,500 corrections facilities. Founded in 1986, the Dallas-based Securus Technologies employs over 1,300 people in both Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.


The Thriving Brown Modeling Agency

In 2015, Wilhemina Austin, a modeling agency, acquired Heyman- Talent South, and together they have been become The Brown Agency.


The Brown Agency is a talent agency “dedicated to bringing the most beautiful, talented and inspiring faces for film, television, commercials, runway, print and advertising and editorials”. If that sounds like a lot, that is because the amazing people over at the agency are busy being successful at everything entertainment. The Brown Agency is the only full-service agency in Austin, Texas, and it is doing great business. Models working under the agency have landed campaigns with big brands like Louis Vuitton, Dell, Toyota, and L’Oreal. This is a great accomplishment given the fact that when Justin Brown first started the agency only 7 staff members were working to care for 450 careers.


Every Thursday the agency has open calls, and all participants are required to bring is a resume and a few pictures. People who attend open calls are not expected to have any professional experience, which speaks to how much the company believes in its power to help models and performers achieve excellency. Another key factor to the agency’s success is its operation in several locations. The Brown Agency has offices in Austin and Dallas, and maintains a presence in Los Angeles. This allows the agency to cater to a larger scale of clients. You can check out



The Brown Agency credits its success to its talent. Without great talent, the agency would be nothing. This attitude towards treating the talent well has likely contributed to the company’s success greatly. Even the company’s website is very welcoming. It is easy to navigate and has some very important information for potential talent throughout it. It has one section of model tips that emphasizes that there is no one mold a person must fit in order to be a model. It encourages people who are interested in exploring the entertainment industry to give their dreams a shot. It will be great to see what comes of the agency in the coming years. Anyone in search of more details about the company can be sure to find them on the company website or various social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.



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The Fagali’I Airport For Superior Traveling

The Fagali'I Airport is Samoa's number one tourist spot for travel. If you've never heard of the Fagali'I Airport before, you'll first want to know that the airport has a rich history within the area itself. It was not always open to the public and was instead owned by the local government for several decades. After selling the airport to Polynesian Airlines, the airport was reopened and open to the public so that local and international travel would be made possible. The Fagali'I Airport has six different airlines for travelers to choose from, from international lines like Pago Pago to local options like Samoa Air, the Fagali'I Airport has you covered when it comes to high-quality and cost-efficient travel.

The Fagali'I Airport has a great booking system put into place, allowing travelers the ability to simply scan their tickets and be on their way. When you arrive at the airport itself, you will want to check in at the front desk kiosk. Once you go through security, you have the option of taking advantage of the multiple cafes, restaurant and gift shops available to you.


The beauty about the Fagali'I Airport is that flights are relatively inexpensive when compared to most other airports in the area. According to, the low-cost options are there because of the large number of people traveling through the airport each and every day, so costs can be kept down for people on a budget.

Hundreds of people are proud to be employed through the Fagali'I Airport. The airport offers a range of benefits and employee options which makes it a great job for those who want a steady and lifelong career. You can find out more about the Fagali'I Airport by visiting them on social media sites or by checking out their own website. Once you book a flight for yourself, you will find the Fagali'I Airport to be a prime choice for all of your traveling needs according to There are being plans made to renovate and expand the airport itself, but these are still in the works and are not entirely set in stone just yet according to airport officials.

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Dick Devos Helps America to Soar With Eagles

How can America soar with the eagles again? Education is a great answer. Dick Devos and his wife are taking this idea and flying with it.


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Every nation has land and people on it. For some reason, the United States has been able to excel while other nations have been left far behind. What is its secret?


By investing in the education of its youth, America has been able to achieve much more than other nations. Electricity, televisions, light bulbs and airplanes are some of the inventions that America can claim as its own. A man like Thomas Edison showed what education could deliver.


Did you know that American Inventor Thomas Edison had 2,332 patents to his name? Inventions lead to businesses and jobs for the people of the nation. This also leads to higher standards of living and wealth.


Dick Devos should know about inventions as a Michigan resident. Henry Ford and the other American automobile manufacturers helped create a vibrant state due to their inventions. Dick Devos has continued this tradition by starting the Michigan Aviation Academy Charter School in 2010.


The skills required to fly an airplane are not based on class or race. Philanthropist Dick Devos understands this and has created a path for the next great American aviators. This is what has made America great: investment in its youth.


Flying High With Dick Devos


And, if that connection is not enough, Dick Devos has now taken the next step by joining the civilian board overseeing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As a pilot, Mr. Devos understands the issues facing aviation. He was also very important in securing more Southwest Airlines routes through Grand Rapids Airport.


Perhaps, Dick Devos might oversee some of the youth, whom he helped to become pilots. Talk is cheap. Thankfully, America has entrepreneurs and philanthropists, who are paving the way for the future.


Dick Devos is investing in the youth. He wants them to fly high and see all that is available with hard work. He has paved the way for the American youth of tomorrow to soar.


If America invests in its children today, this can bring great rewards tomorrow. Philanthropist Dick Devos is leading the charge. He is preparing the way for America to soar with the eagles. Learn more:

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Securus Technologies Makes Inmates safe.

A mindset shift has occurred in the corporate world. At one time it was all about making profits no matter what the cost was. In this case, the ends of money justified the means of aggressiveness. However, that mindset of money above all has changed. Yes, profit is still important, but now we see another aspect coming into play. Corporations are beginning to become more aware of their role in making our world a better place. This philosophy is known as social entrepreneurship.


A great example of a company who believes in social entrepreneurship is Securus Technologies. Securus Technologies heard about the vast amount of inmate on inmate crime that occurred on a daily basis in our correctional facilities, and they knew they had to do something to stop it


As Securus Technologies came to understand more about this problem, they learned that inmate on inmate crime has skyrocketed over the last ten years. As they dug in deeper, they found that the reason for this was because cell phones were introduced into the correctional facilities. Inmates were using these contraband cell phones to plan crimes against one another in advance.


To combat this problem, Securus Technologies introduced their first product, “Cell Defenders,” to help customers pinpoint a contraband cell phone’s exact location if it was inside the correctional facility.


Their second product, allowed customers, with the warden's approval, to remotely access an inmate’s phone and view all current, and any deleted, messages. This allows customers to detect crimes and stop them before they occur. Their last product, “Wireless Containment Solutions,” stopped phones from connecting to Wifi. This was needed because most inmate’s phones did not have plans but could still access social media and plan attacks through that. Many customers have given high reviews to Securus Technologies.



Lori Senecal is Ending Her Illustrious Career

Lori Senecal, who was named the global CEO of CP+B in March of 2015, a subsidiary of MDC Partners agency, is planning to step down at the end of this year. Prior to taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer, she was the President and CEO of MDC Partners Network, and while she continued to serve in this capacity as once she became the CEO of CP+B, she has decided to retire at the year's end. During Senecal’s tenure, she helped to secure American Airlines, bring forth their 25-year relationship with TM Advertising. The co-founder and Chairman of CP+B, Chuck Porter, recently went on record to laud Lori Senecal’s career with the company and discussed the implementation of a solid structure that will allow the company to undergo a smooth transition upon her departure. Porter initially brought Senecal aboard due to her management efficiency, as well as her strong organizational skills, citing the fact that since she joined the company, CP+B has maintained every client, while also adding major accounts in the process. CP+B has decided to take their time regarding the direction the company will go in regarding their leadership, but this already seems to be forming, as Danielle Aldrich was recently promoted to the position of President, after serving as managing director for CP+B Boulder. Aldrich, who has been a part of the agency for 14 years, has been a part of managing several influential accounts, including Burger King, Hershey, American Airlines, and

Lori Senecal has spent her career developing a significant expertise in multinational accounts, having held a myriad of executive titles during her tenure, including Global Chief Executive Officer of Crispin Porter & Bogusky, LLC, and the President of Flagship New York Office of McCann-Erickson Worldwide, Inc. Senecal has also lead the way in regards to the existing practices while at McCann Worldgroup, helping to implement many innovative techniques associated with planning and account leadership. Throughout her career, she has received a number of awards, including the Quantum Leap Award at the AWNY Game Changer Awards. Follow Lori on Twitter.


Bradesco Is Well Capitalized And Profitable Going Into 2018 According To CEO Luíz Carlos Trabuco Cappi

The banks in Brazil know how to stay ahead of economic and political issues that continue to plague the country. Over the last three years, the big banks sustained their profitability by using the difference between their borrowing rates and the rates they charge to lend money. Even though the Selic interest rate is in the single-digits, banks charge three or four times that rate to consumers. In some cases, the interest rate on home and automobile loans can be as high 20 percent or more. The big banks like Bradesco dominate the market, so they are able to charge high-interest rates even when the Central bank is lowering the Selic rate. And the banking business in Brazil is a highly concentrated industry so charging high-interest rates is acceptable, but consumers don’t always agree with that profit-generating tactic. The big banks also take advantage of government incentives, and insurance policies that protect them from recessionary issues, according to Bradesco’s CEO Luíz Carlos Trabuco Cappi.

There are three big state-run banks in Brazil, and three big private banks; Itaú Unibanco, Bradesco, and Santander Brasil. Those banks are the main go-to banks for consumers who want to bank online. Bradesco is the second largest private bank in terms of profit. Itaú Unibanco makes more than R$3 billion more a year than Bradesco, but Bradesco has a better reputation, according to the consumers who use the bank’s mobile app to do their banking. CEO and president Luíz Carlos Trabuco Cappi is a bank executive who stays on top of the consumer market. The bank’s Personas Project helps the bank understanding the buying and saving habits of their clients, and that gives the bank an advantage when it comes to offering new tech products that make banking easier.


Brazil’s economy contracted by 3.6 percent in 2016. The economy is recovering in 2017, but there are political issues that inhibit real growth, according to Trabuco Cappi. President Michel Temer is under attack even though he is putting new programs in place to ease some of the consumer suffering. Trabuco Cappi knows the political situation will not get much better, so he tries to incorporate new programs that will help his clients deal with the political uncertainty. Most people know Bradesco has the right attitude when it comes to helping people. Bradesco environmental and educational programs are helping people understand the importance of being proactive in a responsible way. Trabuco Cappi and his executive group continue to instill that proactive mentality in the bank’s 100,000 employees.

Luíz Carlos Trabuco Cappi is a no-frills banker. He stays away from political conflicts and fake news stories. Trabuco Cappi is a sixty-six-year-old bank executive who knows the value of offering products and services that enhance the lives of his clients. Those programs give Bradesco employees a sense of accomplishment when clients use them. Bradesco has a program in place that gives clients the opportunity to buy products that work for them. Not all banks go the extra mile when it comes to focusing on what their clients want and need.

Thanks to new online banking programs and Bradesco’s bottom performance in 2017, Wall Street is pushing Bradesco as one of the stocks to buy now and in 2018. Bradesco client-centric focus is on digital technology and investing, according to Trabuco Cappi. The bank is making progress thanks to 60 different websites and 26 million Bradesco account holders. More than 95 percent of the current bank transactions happen on digital channels. Trabuco Cappi doesn’t like to take credit for all the success the bank is enjoying, but bank employees know he and his team are making a huge impact on the online banking industry in Brazil.



Roberto Santiago: Developer of the Majestic Manaira Shopping Mall

One of the consequences of a growing Brazilian economy for the last couple of decades has been an increase in the amount of disposable income among its citizens. Naturally, therefore, people want to buy more. Businessman Roberto Santiago was among the first to come to this realization and predicted that the retail sector would undergo considerable growth. Consequently, he took a risk and decided to open up a shopping mall, Manaira Mall. Developed in 1989 and again developed in 2013 and 2014, the Manaira Mall is one of the largest and aesthetically pleasing shopping spaces in the country.

The Manaira Mall is considered the crown jewel of its home city of Jao Pessoa. This is quite a commendable feat especially because Jao Pessoa is a highly developed area and contains numerous other competing malls. The 135,000 square-meter mall is undisputedly the largest in the city and two approximately two years to construct. Its high standing among shopping malls in the country has seen it play host to the flagship stores of some huge local and international brands. As a result of this and more, millions of people walk through the mall’s doors every year.

The recreational experience offered by the Manaira Mall is unrivaled. For those taking a break or uninterested in the shopping, there is a large movie area that contains 11 cinema rooms, three of which offer 3D viewing. For the younger visitors at the mall, there is an exclusive game zone while adults can also play at a provided bowling station. The dining experiences offered at the mall are also quite diverse. In addition to a food court area, there are also a number of restaurants within the mall that offer fine dining experiences.

Manaira Mall has the amenities to go with the quality services offered. In total, there are 3,180 parking vacancies at the mall. Given the mall’s popularity, it is not uncommon to see the parking area filled to near full capacity. Additionally, it has an eight thousand-capacity concert hall located on its roof. The hall has previously been used to host art exhibitions, concerts, corporate events, parties and theatrical performances. Further, the mall also has within its confines a gym, a number of banks and the College of Higher Education of Paraiba.

Roberto Santiago’s entrepreneurial excellence does not just stop at the Manaira Mall. He also owns other shopping malls with his first being the Mangabeira Shopping Mall. Additionally, being one of the most respected businessmen in the country, he holds numerous other investments in other sectors. Particularly, he also operates in the entertainment and real estate industries. Further, he has been known to dabble in the stock exchange from time to time.