Brazil’s famous entrepreneur and tourism superstar, Guilherme Paulus, was recently featured in the Chronicle of the Week article “Prizes are My Rewards, Obstacles are my Challenges’: The story of Brazilian Entrepreneur Guilherme Paulus.” The article reveals how important vision is when creating a business, particularly in a country known around the world for not being friendly to entrepreneurs.
Brazil has become synonymous with difficulty for entrepreneurs. It is ranked 125th out of 190 countries for the ease of starting a business. It is known for having high taxes, difficult to get business permits and for having difficulty registering a property. However, the difficulties did not stop the tourism and travel agency magnate, Guilherme Paulus. Guilherme Paulus believed that every obstacle is an opportunity. Visit his facebook to learn more about his platforms.
He created his first business when he was only 24. He met with a state official to get funding for the travel company CVC. He started with a single location outside of a movie theater where he knew people were primed for adventures and travel. He advises new entrepreneurs to ask for more advice, especially from people who have already accomplished what they want to do. Listening to these people will provide invaluable insight into the industry. CVC now has more than 1,200 stores around the country with international locations as well. It regularly has more than $5.2 billion in sales each year. CVC is the largest tourism company in Brazil. When Paulus decided it was time for a change, he sold 63% of his shares for $750 million. He went on to invest $600 million of his personal fortune in another Brazilian tourism opportunity. He created GJP Hotels and Resorts which currently owns fourteen different hotels and resorts. They employ five thousand people around the country.
Paulus believes the key to success is staying close to the day to day activities of the business. He currently travels to the different locations to speak with the customers and the employees to understand the needs of both better. He believes in constantly learning and traveling to the different locations allows him to do that. His vision of investing in Brazilian tourism comes from his belief in people. He has seen so many employees succeed through his company and he believes it is the best possible investment.
Guilherme Paulus’ belief in people allowed him to establish deep connections with other organizations. He has more than 30,00 partnerships with organizations around the world from hotels, cruise ships, airlines, and other specialty tourism groups around the world.
Ashley Lightspeed dreamed of becoming an architect just like her father. However, she abandoned that dream and ventured into the world of business. She started her career while still a student at Stanford GSB having worked as a category manager at Thumbtack and also at Bain consultant. Ashley Brasier would later venture into private business as she was convinced that she needed to do a lot more for startups ventures.
By 1999 Ashley had already made up her mind and she founded the Lightspeed Venture Partners which aimed at identifying, supporting and funding startup ventures. The firm was a partnership business which included Alex Taussig, Andrew Moley, Aaron battalion, Chris Schaepe and Ashley Brasier as partners. Follow Ashley Lightspeed on Twitter.
Ashley’s responsibility at the firm involves identification of potential startups that their company can invest in and work with them. They provide an advisory role, support as well as funding to these startups ventures.
She is talented to work with the prototype which she learnt from her dad. Ashley Lightspeed often uses the prototype as a primary tool for gathering information about a product as well as finding ideas for improving products. She believes that prototyping is the fundamental tool for entrepreneurial investment because it helps risk takes to see into the future.
At Lightspeed Venture Partners, Ashley works closely with entrepreneurs and maintains a keen eye for unique craftsmanship along with the business operations. Ashley Lightspeed works with great passion and believes that her line of business requires artistic vision to make it successful.
Currently, Lightspeed Venture has helped more than 300 startups businesses to take off. The firm enjoys the privilege of playing a role in more than enough of what the startups required. Some of the prominent companies that receive direct support from Lightspeed Ventures include Mulesoft, GirlBoss, Affirm, Goop, Rubrix, Natunix, Elementum and the Honest Company started by Jessica Alba (Famous actress) among others.
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Deirdre Baggot launched her medical career in 1997 at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she worked as a nurse and later as a resource coordinator. She went on to earn her PhD at the University of Colorado, and in addition to serving as a clinician, she gained substantial experience working as a hospital executive.
Early in her career, when treating patients, Baggot became increasingly concerned about over-testing, leading her to become focused on healthcare payment reform. Given her career history, an innate passion for the healthcare industry and a deep-seated desire to streamline patient care, there existed a seemingly natural segue for her to become a trailblazer in the realm of bundled payments. Read more about Deirdre at medicaldailytimes.com
Currently, Baggot is considered a leading expert on bundled payments, and together with serving as an advisor to several senior leadership and health system boards, she has carried out programs and strategies for 200 hospitals and sixty bundles. Deirdre has been the keynote speaker at numerous medical conferences, including the Bundled Payment Summit, Pay-for-Performance Summit and Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Beyond this busy entrepreneur’s multitude of accolades and zest for healthcare payment reform, Deirdre is also a proponent of patients being their own advocates. She has said, “We need empowered consumers who are engaged and accountable for their healthcare in order for healthcare to get safer in America.” For this reason, the trend of wearable health technology excites her. Baggot has also said, “I am obsessed with anything that will activate patients as healthcare consumers.”
Other than building her brand by greatly influencing healthcare standards in America, Deirdre Baggot is a proud mother who believes that any money expended on building memories with her family is well-spent. She also subscribes to the theory that always being the hardest working person in the room is a key to success.
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Deirdre Baggot is a healthcare industry professional with an impressive background and an impressive list of degrees. She holds both her BSN ad MBA as well as her PhD. Her career spans back over twenty years now and she has become one of the most revolutionary figures in healthcare recently due to her development of strategies for bundled payment of healthcare services. Deirdre began her long and successful career in the healthcare industry back in 1997 when she took up a position as a staff nurse as well as a resource coordinator. This was with the Northwestern Memorial Hospital. After a period of six years of employment with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Deirdre moved on to the Health System at the University of Michigan where she served in the capacity of a business analyst. Visit their website at deirdrebaggot.com to learn more.
These days, Deirdre Baggot focuses her efforts on the area of payment reform in healthcare and is recognized as one of the leading experts in this area. Bundled payments are a revolutionary concept in healthcare payment in which a course of care falls under an established price. Deirdre has been working hard to develop these strategies and has found a great deal of success in this area.
The reality within today’s healthcare industry is the fact that there is a massive need for a major overhaul of the methods that have been used for calculating payments for healthcare treatment. Deirdre Baggot is at the forefront of this battle to change this and her bundled payment strategy is really starting to gain major favor across the healthcare industry. The bundled payment strategy that Deirdre is advocating for goes a long way toward streamlining and simplifying the overall process of payment in healthcare in a way that puts both the patient and the healthcare professionals much more at ease.
Learn more: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/health-it-revenue-cycle-conference/speakers/item/1525-deirdre-baggott-phd.html
When a company is doing well, it is no surprise that everyone would like to know the driving force behind it and in particular the leaders behind the wheel. We can have a look at the two super experienced people behind the success of InnovaCare Health that is Rick Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides. I call them super experienced since they both boast over 20 years of experience.
About Richard Shinto
Dr. Shinto is the CEO of InnovaCare Health. Rick Shinto started as an internist and Pulmonologist after which he joined MedPartners as their VP where he was in charge of medical management. He has worked with Cal Optimal Health Plan in California, Orange County, worked with Pathways Management Company as operations manager, worked as a senior officer at NAMM and in 2008 moved to Aveta Inc. where he later became CEO until 2012.
Dr. Rick Shinto has been recognized because of his managerial and vision when he was given Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award back in 2012 in the Service Category. He has not relented as we can see this year Modern Healthcare has recognized him as one of 2018’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare, this tells you how determined he is to make sure everyone especially the minority receive good healthcare for a healthier nation.
About Penelope Kokkinides
Penelope is a graduate from Binghampton University with Bachelor’s in Classical language and biological sciences and later did Masters in New York University. At InnovaCare Health, she is Chief Administrative Officer appointed in June 2015. Previously she had worked as a chief operating officer in the same company. In her more than 20 years’ experience, she has worked in government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. In the private sector, she has worked with Centerlight HealthCare, Touchstone Health different capacity from operations head to corporate VP.
In her Interview on IdeaMensch, she highlights how good her team is proving how good a team player she is. She also talks about how organized she is by thinking about the next day every night which makes her more productive, a clear sign InnovaCare Health is at good hands with a very bright future.
About InnovaCare Health
Talk about quality healthcare, cost-effective and innovative in one sentence, and I tell you it is incomplete without adding InnovaCare Health as the provider. InnovaCare is the epitome of a perfect business model providing health services good for stakeholders and excellent for customers, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Puerto Rico recognized this as it is the only with 4.5-star ratings.
Supplying food to millions of people is no easy task. Building an impressive clientele list with Fortune 500 companies is also no easy task. OSI Industries has achieved this feat, and it has done so rather easily. Why, is this company so successful? OSI Industries has a lot going for itself because the company has many specialties. Sourcing, development, distribution and management is what the company does. This is one of the hardest working companies in America, and its track record is a true testament to its success.
In addition to that, OSI specializes in the production of custom foods. Yes, this is 100 percent correct. The company has R&D specialists at all of its main locations. Though it has such a dominating presence in food services, the company is still continuing to grow. The past 10 years has demonstrated this notion perfectly. State-of-the-art facilities, high-capacity production lines and hardworking individuals is the heart and soul of OSI. Thanks to the company’s excellence in environmental management, the British Safety Council has presented OSI Industries with the Globe of Honor Award. Of course, this particular company has won this prestigious award on multiple occasions.
Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of OSI, has brought in ears of financial excellence. This man has a B.S. in Business from Roosevelt University. Sheldon Lavin & Associates was the name of his very own financial consulting firm. “Expansion and diversity is the key to OSI’s future growth,” said Lavin.
Back in 2016, OSI Industries purchased one of Tyson Foods’ processing facilities on Chicago’s West Side. This large facility has more 200,000 square-feet of space, and it’s located close to OSI’s other regional plants. By adding this 200-square-foot facility to the roster, OSI has broadened its manufacturing network even more. This purchase cost the company over $7 million.
As it currently stands, the food processing group called OSI Group has supplied food for major global corporations like McDonald’s from the beginning. Having been founded by a few German immigrants in Chicago in the mid twentieth century not far from Ray Kroc’s founding franchise location of McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois, Otto and Sons renamed themselves “OSI” in order to take on a more professional name which reflected the growth they were incurring at the time and not resemble and mom and pop shop as much. Now they are located in 17 countries worldwide, with 20,000 employees who take on a family approach to business. The Chief Operating Officer, David McDonald, himself has 6 children with his wife Malinda. After the 1975 name change and change of chief to Sheldon Lavin, the company has experienced massive growth that is undeniable. Visit: http://www.osigroup.com/about-us/company-timeline/
OSI Group McDonalds has expanded into the European and Chinese markets with ease, which they credit in large part to their ability to stay private and not go public over the years, as well as the family approach to business which OSI Group McDonalds has maintained. David is quoted as saying that, “It is important to note that, within OSI, we value family. Our people and our customers are viewed as family. The products that we make should be good enough to serve to our respective families proudly.” And so it is from this family perspective that OSI Group McDonalds has approached local Taiwanese companies in order help better infiltrate the Chinese and other Asiatic markets, as well as the integration into the European markets through the acquisition of the Creative Foods Europe group and Baho Group out of the Netherlands. For more information on OSI Group McDonalds, visit their website at Osigroup.com.
Eric Lefkofsky is University of Michigan alumni, also receiving his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He works as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago and is the author of Accelerated Disruption. Besides those jobs, Lefkofsky has many roles in the Chicago community. Lefkofsky is the Co-founder and CEO of Tempus, founding partner of Lightbank, and the co-founder and chairman of Groupon. He is also the co-founder of Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, Innerworkings, and Uptake Technologies. He serves as trustee at Laurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Museum of Science and Industry, World Business Chicago and is a co-chairman on their Technology Council. Lefkofsky is also a chairman of the Board of Trustees of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The Lefkofsky Foundation, a charitable trust formed with his wife has funded over 50 organizations focusing on children.
The Chicago Entrepreneur, Eric Lefkofsky, received an interview opportunity with IdeaMensch. Lefkofsky identifies his self as a problem solver. Tempus came from his need to solve problems of technology not being up to the standards of other industries. This began his journey to find the application of technology at scale level to help cancer patients in clinical settings. With the use of Tempus physicians are able to deliver personalized care to patients. Building a company, managing people, and trying to find solutions to problems takes much of his time. The need to solve problems urges him forward on this journey. Biotech is a trend that he currently finds exciting. Many possibilities exist with biotechnology and it may be key in tackling some of the problems Likofsky has identified. The ability to be effective and productive in his entrepreneurship’s, comes from his talent of prioritizing, delegating, and being a daydreamer. Success has not only come from his talents, but from trying to solve real problems. His staff also has a leading role in the influence of his business thinking. Having a staff that is able to bounce ideas back and forth, expands the possibilities on identifying problems and finding their solutions.
OSI Industries has expanded its operations in different parts of the world. The company seems to have engaged a different gear as far as the expansion of the business is concerned. The last two years have seen increased activity in the local and international market. The company which is led by CEO Sheldon Lavin seems determined to take control of the European food market through the acquisition of some companies and expansion of existing food production activities. One of the initiatives taken by the company is the expansion of the OSI food plant in Toledo. A high production capacity line has been added to boost the production of chicken products.
High demand for chicken products has made the company to take an important step of increasing demand to meet the demand for food products. After the expansion, production of chicken products from this facility will double. From the 12,000 tons produced annually in the past, the plant will have a capacity to produce 24,000 tons of chicken products. The increase will ensure that the market has sufficient chicken products to cover the growing demand for these products. Consumer data from Spain and Portugal show that consumers in this region have recorded a steady increase in chicken products consumption for the past one year. In recent years, the trend has jumped from six percent to eight percent.
OSI Industries want to maintain the number one position as a food production company in the area, and therefore customer satisfaction is key. The company added 22,600 square feet of space which will ensure there is enough space to carry out the new production activities. The overall production capacity from the plant has increased to 45,000 tons annually since the same plant is involved in the production of pork and beef products. OSI Industries has also added a new testing kitchen for the development of new products. This kitchen comes with a new position of product development manager.
OSI Industries continues to create employment opportunities for local communities around the world with the expansion plans. After the expansion of Toledo food plant, 20 more workers will be added. The total employees’ capacity will now be 160. Globally, OSI has employed over 20,000 workers to serve in over 65 food production plants. The operations of the company have expanded to 17 countries around the globe. The management of the company led by COO, David McDonald has a commitment to its customers, of taking the company to all corners of the world.
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People love their coffee.
Iced coffee, hot coffee, sweet coffee, pumpkin-flavored coffee – if there are any new flavors of coffee, coffee enthusiasts want to know about them.
Coffee is very cultural. Even people who have no real interest in coffee will spend a few bucks on a latte or other sweet-tasting coffee for the sake of socializing. Colleagues gather together to sip coffee while they pour over work loads, and of course, there’s always that parent who desires at least one cup of joe in the morning before he or she tackles the day.
However, coffee is now more than simply socializing or needing a boost of caffeine as one pours over his work load.
People are beginning to appreciate coffee for what it is: coffee.
People want high quality coffee.
There are three waves of coffee consumption.
- The First Wave began in the 1800s and lasted well into the 1980s. This was a time when people awoke to Maxwell House and Folger’s. There was basically one flavor of coffee, and people were fine with that. At least, they were for a while.
- The Second Wave added a bit of spark to the coffee movement because it was during this time that coffee became more flavored. No longer did consumers have to drink boring, bland coffee. Sure, the coffee did its job: it kept consumers alert because of the caffeine it contained, but making it more flavorful allowed businesses a chance to make it more marketable. Enter Starbucks with their espressos, lattes, and macchiatos. Coffee houses also took advantage of this time in history by marketing coffee as a way for people to gather to socialize.
- The Third Wave is for people who simply love coffee. They may be interested in the drink’s taste, but they are more concerned with its quality.