Entrepreneur, OSI Group

From its humble beginnings over a hundred years ago, OSI Group has definitely grown to become a global power house of sorts. A leader in the food processing supplying business, the company first started out as a small meat shop in Chicago. Founded by an immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky, he initially named it Otto&Sons. The company operated in this way for nearly four decades when in 1955 it got a breakthrough offer from an another small company known as McDonald’s, as one of their main beef suppliers. Yes, that would be the McDonalds we know of today that dominates the fast food business.

What happened to Otto & Sons meat shop after getting that contract is easy to guess. Things went along that way for a few more decades when one of the bankers the company was dealing with named Sheldon Lavin joined the company. At first, he worked in more of an advisory capacity with the family who was running the company. However, not long after he became a managing partner. And then eventually bought the company outright. Once Sheldon came aboard he began an aggressive expansion overseas by snapping up similar companies in places like England, Brazil, Germany, Spain, and India.

One of the most recent acquisitions is Flagship Europe. Flagship is one of the biggest food service companies in the UK. Some of the foods they supply include but not limited to are poultry items, Oliver James pies, Mayonnaise, sous vide equipment and assorted dressings and sauces. This acquisition not only gives OSI Group a big presence in the UK but in other parts of Europe as well. However, even with all this growth, Sheldon strongly believes the reason behind OSI’s success in international ventures is because the company is mindful of local tastes, customs, and culture. In other words, Even though OSI is a global company, they think local.

Apart from being a food distributor, OSI is also active when it comes to collaborating with technology companies to come up with equipment to help with food hygiene. One example would be machines that can detect foreign objects in food.

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Entrepreneur

Greg Secker was born in 1975 in Norfolk, England and is currently based in London, England. Greg is a man of various talents. He is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, international speaker, and master trader. Despite all these great roles, he considers his role as a father the greatest. Greg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural and food sciences from the University of Nottingham.

 

Greg began his professional life at Thomas Cook Financial Services where he served as a trading technologist. His main role at the company was to develop foreign exchange trading systems. In 1998, Greg received the coveted British Telecom Award for distinguished innovations in e-commerce. He had created an online forex trading platform known as the Virtual Trading Desk.

 

Secker was hired to serve as the Vice President of Mellon Financial Corporation, a large Fortune 500 investment bank based in the United States. While working at this company, he traveled a lot to different international trading centers. He gained extensive knowledge from the financial traders. Greg launched a company, Learn to Trade, where people were educated on how to trade. In 13 years, the company has expanded to three continents and currently has offices in Australia, London, and South Africa. More than 200,000 people have been educated by the company through workshops and seminars.

 

In 2003, Greg resigned from the company to become a full-time forex trader. He started working from his living room. After some time, Greg started training people on how to trade and equipped them with great trading strategies. Greg noticed that most people struggled to start a successful trading career. There was limited trading education that was accessible at a low or no cost. Thus, people joining the trading sector with little education had high stakes. Greg wanted people to have an adequate trading education so that they can trade with ease and improve their lives.

 

Greg became a multimillionaire in his twenties. He owns other companies such as Capital Index and SmartCharts Software. In 2010, Greg Secker founded The Greg Secker Foundation to improve the quality of life around the globe. The foundation collaborates with youth programs to improve leadership, life skills, and education in various communities.