Archives: September 2018

OSI Industries grows its food production business

OSI Industries is a producer of processed foods. Since 2016, the company has been busy making purchases of other business and expanding the processing plants that it already owns in different parts of the world. The company has been focusing on both local and international expansion. To ensure that the local production activities were going on well, the company started with an acquisition in Chicago. They acquired a food plant that was previously owned by Tyson Foods. The plant is one of the largest in the world, and it is located in another plant that is owned by the company. The purchase of this new plant will give OSI more space to produce more products for their consumers in North America.

After the acquisition of the new plant in Chicago. OSI Industries moved to the international arena. The first initiative they took was the purchase of Baho Food in 2016. This company is based in Netherlands and deals with the production of snacks, meat and convenience foods. According to the COO of OSI David McDonald, the acquisition was made so that the company can focus on international growth in Europe. Europe is a lucrative market, and OSI is trying every means possible to become a dominant player in the industry.

The acquisition of Baho Foods will help OSI industries to spread its wings in Europe. Baho Foods has multiple affiliates in Netherlands and Germany, and therefore it is a vital acquisition for OSI. The other thing that happened with this acquisition is that OSI did not take over the management of Baho Foods. What they did is that they retained the management and focused on coming up with a strategy that will ensure that both companies benefit. OSI has always made sure that they work with people who understand the market better than they do. It is for such reasons that they find working with the already existing managers of Baho Foods as a plus in their efforts to conquer the European market.

Working with people who understand the market better means that the management of OSI Industries can make informed decisions based on the needs of the consumer. Using foreign managers in foreign lands would be faulty. The approach by OSI has seen the company gain new customers consistently because they can meet the needs of those customers. Serving customers with products that meet their taste and preferences is the main goal of OSI Industries.

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Introduction to Fortress Investment Group and Gareth Henry

In the past years, Fortress Investment Group has recorded consistent growth and has ventured into global markets. The positive performance is linked to the commitment and innovation of the team. The Fortress Investment Group was founded in 1998 by Randal Nardone, Wes Edens, Pet Briger and Rob Kauffman. While Kaufman resigned from his position in 2012, it is worth noting that other co-principals are still involved in the day-to-day running of the organization. Gareth Henry is one of the financial analysts who have helped transform the Fortress Investment Group.

Gareth Henry acts as the managing director of the Fortress Investment Group. Through an evaluation of the prevailing economic trends, the group can guide the investors on low-risk strategies and other initiatives that can be used to accumulate wealth. The Fortress Investment Group was acquired by the Softbank Group Inc which is based in Japan. The move was propelled by the desire of the Japanese conglomerate to increase its financial services.

Despite the merger, the operations and ventures of the group remained independent. The founders also coordinate the operations. The decision to retain the financial management firm as an independent venture was prompted by the need to maintain the culture that had been developed over the years. The investors are driven by the need to help their clients attain financial success and freedom. Recently, the group has exhibited its interest in venturing into other countries such as Brazil which is seen as being unexploited. There are similar efforts to increase the level of operations in energy and real estate operations.

Brief Background on Gareth Henry

Gareth Henry is a skilled financial analyst who attended the University of Edinburgh. He studied actuarial mathematics and had over the years employed the skills as a guide to strategic planning. In the early years, Gareth worked for the Schroder which is a global investment firm. After some years, he migrated to the USA where he began working with the Fortress Investment Group. Gareth Henry holds the position of the managing director and monitors pension funds and wealth of the group. He has also been on the leading front in coming up with strategies to venture in overseas markets.

Marc Beer Supports Women’s Health through Series of Donations

The pelvic floor refers to a network of connected muscles, tissues, as well as ligaments that support the pelvic organs. Pelvic floor disorders refer to the dropping down of the urethra, rectum, or uterus often caused by the injury of ligaments or connective tissues. As such, affected women can feel pressure in the pelvis besides developing problems with bowel movements. When that occurs, a pelvic examination is usually conducted to determine the root of the problem. In other scenarios, pelvic exercises in addition to pessaries and surgeries can be administered.

 

 

Understanding the Pelvic Floor Disorders

 

Since many women fail to access pelvic treatment for their disorders because of the charged attached to it, different companies have come forward to support them in seeking treatment. One such company is Renovia Inc. The firm is committed to discovering as well as delivering first-range digital therapeutic in addition to diagnostic devices customized for women who have pelvic floor disorders announced the close of a donation of $42.3 million that included $32.3 million and $10 million from Series B equity. Proceeds from these donations will be utilized in supporting Renovia’s clinical trials and corporate development.

 

The Donations

 

Ascension Ventures chaired the Series B Project for financing. Other participants include Longwood Fund, Cormorant Asset Management, and Western Technology. Moreover, Marc Beer, the co-founder of Renovia was part of the program. He said that his organization was proud to be associated with the fundraiser since it would be channeled to the betterment of women’s reproductive health. He also added that the mix of capital ventures would help improve the chances of diagnosing and treating women affected by pelvic floor disorders. Besides, the partners are aligned with Renovia’s commercial vision.

 

 

Beer also said that by combining the firm’s innovative sensor technologies with innovative platforms of digital health, clients would be able to access valuable data regarding new treatment options thereby disseminating information on pelvic floor disorders. Besides, the funding recognizes the value of innovative digital treatment.

 

 

Marc Beer’s Profile

 

Marc Beer is the co-founder and CEO of Renovia. He has over 25 years of experience in commercializing biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostics. He has since successfully sealed a series of funding programs made to cater to different patients in the healthcare sector. Moreover, he has worked at ViaCell as the CEO. This is a biotechnology company that majors in the collection as well as the preservation of umbilical cord stem cells. Learn more: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2013/01/23/aegerion-ceo-on-promise-of-biopharma.html

Gareth Henry Is Excited To Work With Terry Herubin And Matthew Brody

Gareth Henry is Fortress Investment Group’s Global Head of Investor Relations. He told AplhaQ that client service is crucial for successful global real estate investment management. Matthew Brody and Terri Herubin were hired to focus on real estate marketing and client service. Terri was Barings Real Estate’s Managing Director and Portfolio Manager. She will oversee the client service and be the real estate product specialist. Matthew was Walton Street Capital’s Principal and will be in charge of the real estate activities’ business development. Digital platforms are changing how client and fund managers interact. Gareth Henry believes Terri and Matt will help the firm improve the breadth, flexibility, and quality of service.

Terry was The Townsend Group’s Principal and Portfolio Manager. She was also New York State Teachers’ Retirement System’s Co-Portfolio Manager. Gareth Henry said Terri is respected in the real estate pension fund community for her portfolio management and client-facing roles. Her skillset will help the company keep up with the communication and reporting needs of clients. She will work with the business development team to help investors find real estate investment opportunities. The client services and marketing partnership is crucial for success.

Matthew Brody’s relationships and product knowledge will improve Angelo, Gordon’s marketing efforts. He worked at Walton Street Capital for 11 years. He previously worked for Ernst & Young as an Assurance and Advisory Business Services Associate. Brody and Herubin will work with Aliana Spungen, who has improved the firm’s client services and real estate marketing. He was confident the two would strengthen the firm’s capabilities.

Gareth Henry said Herubin would bring support for the marketing teams and portfolio management. Angelo, Gordon’s success has been based on its teamwork and talent. The firm has worked with clients who want to create co-investment platforms. Herubin said the firm has been recognized for putting clients first and she is excited to work with the team. Brody was ready to work with the firm because of its reputation and value-added approach.

William Saito on Emerging Technologies and Russia

William Saito, tech entrepreneur and founder of I/O Software (a company eventually acquired by Microsoft), has a long history of being ahead of the curve when it comes to emerging technologies. The Japanese-American grew up in Walnut Grove, California, in the 1970’s and 1980’s, close to the area that would become Silicon Valley, and as a child and teenager worked closely with then-new personal computers like the Apple II in the burgeoning digital age. As a college student, he started security company I/O Software out of his dorm room, and – especially after Japanese investors took an interest – the company became highly effective and trusted brand it is today.

 

William Saito’s Thoughts on Russian Technology

 

Historically, the contributions of Russia to science and technology have been enormous, from helping to complete the periodic table to pioneering the radio. However, today there are no global Russian tech brands on the level of companies such as Sony or Microsoft. William Saito believes that this is likely to change and that western investors are wise to look to Russia to see which emerging technologies and companies are going to be profitable going forward.

 

William Saito, Cyber-security Pioneer

 

William Saito’s interest in cyber-security dates back to his adolescence when he would break down software simply to see how it worked. He learned how software and systems could be made more secure and used his business skills to develop and market valuable protection for his clients. His background in digital security as well as being present during the early days of the personal computer revolution in Silicon Valley make him one of the most highly sought-after experts on cyber-security issues in the world today. Furthermore, growing up in a Japanese-American household and later traveling extensively between Asia and the United States give him useful cultural perspectives.

 

 

 
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Shervin Pishevar: Touches With Twitter

If you did not catch the Twitter rampage earlier this year from Shervin Pishevar, here is a breakdown of the events. The tweets covered everything from the American bond market, the future of some stocks, and Silicon Valley. It was a lengthy Twitter splurge, which covered a lot of territory.

First, there is a little background to know about Pishevar. He has made many good investment moves, such as Uber, Dollar Shave Club, and Slack, so that is why he can comment on finances and the economy.

For some good news, Shervin Pishevar sees a shining light with some of the space programs, such as SpaceX. He also commented on the inspiring work coming from Virgin Hyperloop. By the way, he is a partner in the Virgin Hyperloop company.

Now for the other facts and figures he threw out there. He tweeted on a prediction that the stock market will take a complete drop of 6,000 points. He compared it to a bear waking up from a long winter’s hibernation. He has a theory that the decline is being caused by interest rates that continue to climb. Coupling the increasing rates with tax freebies, he believes the market will not be sustainable, and the crash is inevitable.

Bonds have lost their glimmer. Government bonds use to have some influence and help stabilize the economy. Central banks purchased bonds as a mechanism to offset the stock market. Pishevar tweets about how this form of manipulation is antiquated. He said it has worn out its welcome because it was used too many times.

Next he tackled the world markets. In his words, the US has exported inflation. By his accounts, this action has been taking place for years. The state of the US finances is not walled off from the rest of the world’s economy. Pishevar appears to have little hope that the current political climate will stop the exportation because of the international trade that is being tested and disrupted.

Shervin Pishevar speaks of the Silicon Valley as if it is crumbling like the pyramids. The Valley use to be as shiney as the bond market, but it too has burned itself out. The talent that use to beat the door down to get in is now looking elsewhere.

Shervin Pishevar Twitter inferno lasted for several hours, and it seemed like nothing was left untouched. Spectators wonder if that will be the last full rampage we hear from Shervin Pishevar until next year.

http://www.businessinsider.sg/shervin-pishevar-strange-21-hour-tweet-storm-2018-2/

The Chainsmokers Talk About Their Latest Song Release

The Chainsmokers performed in the last week of July in both the Hollywood Palladium, partnering with Pepsi, and also at a venue in Atlantic City. At this latter concert, they unveiled their newest song, “Side Effects”. This song has an incredibly catchy beat to it that has been described as funky and disco-tinged. Following these concerts, The Chainsmokers, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, sat down for an interview with Billboard.

During this interview, Drew Taggart shared that because they live in the greater Los Angeles area now they really had fun performing at the Hollywood Palladium. A lot of their friends were in attendance and had a great time. Alex Pall said that it was a great contrast to playing in Las Vegas which they do just about every weekend. It gives them a chance to play to big crowds and smaller and more intimate ones as well.

Talking about “Side Effects”, Drew Taggart said that they have been creating slower and more mellow songs since the start of 2018. Given that it is summer they wanted to produce a song that was more upbeat and funky. He says that their songs always reflect what is going on in their lives. They were both dealing with some darker stuff earlier in the year which resulted in songs like “Sick Boy” and “You Owe Me”. Now that things are looking up they wanted to produce a much more positive song.

Alex Pall said in the interview that he sees the internet taking over people’s lives and most people have a love/hate relationship with it. That had been the theme of their latest songs for the most part. They’ve been pretty self-deprecating about the millennial generation while also having fun with it.

Since December 2013, The Chainsmokers have had a long list of international hits. This includes “Closer”, “Inside Out”, “All We Know”. They had a number of hits off their last album, “Memories…Do Not Open” and it has been at the top of the EDM charts ever since it was released. Among the biggest hits off this album was “Something Just Like This”.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2018/05/28/the-chainsmokers-debut-album-is-now-the-third-longest-running-no-1-on-the-dance-chart/#95bf4069c7a3