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Nobody is prouder of the OSI Group’s accomplishments than its CEO Sheldon Lavin. It’s not surprising, considering why. The OSI Group has become one America’s Top 100 Food Companies. Starting back in 1970, when Lavin helped fund the fledgling Otto & Sons that would become eventually the OSI Group, he had no idea of the growth and success the company would see in the future. Headquartered in Aurora, Illinois OSI Group has worked diligently to expand its presence and reputation across the globe. With two facilities in the Chicago area, Geneva and Aurora Illinois, Riverside, California, and West Jordan, Utah, Lavin oversees the infrastructure and growth of the company. OSI Group currently employs over 20,000 people worldwide.

In addition, Sheldon Lavin believes safety and quality are top priorities at OSI Group, earning them a hard-earned spot in Forbes 100 America’s Largest Private Companies and Lavin himself landing the Global Visionary Award in 2016. To Lavin though, while the awards are an honor to receive, it’s all about what future holds, not just for him and the company, but the world as a whole. As such, a special emphasis has been placed on sustainability. OSI Group strives to build sustainable, responsible connections with the communities and the locations we all take part in. Keeping in mind the community, financial and ecological factors in all they do, they are always working to advance sustainability and the impact on the locale. These endeavors are implemented worldwide and have been acclaimed by the food industry. “The people who work with us and the quality of our products will always come first. That’s why we’re considered number one by the best leaders in the business. Every day is a new day to prove it.” Levin also adds when mentioning how the OSI Group was able to grow.

About Sheldon Lavin:


JeanMarie Guenot, is a Pharmaceutical Business Executive with 20 years of experience in both the public and private sector with an emphasis in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Her business experience has spanned the full spectrum of a company including, R&D, business development, venture capital and corporate and commercial development.


Her early positions in various companies from 1993 through 2009 helped to prepare her not only for her position as CEO with Amphivena, but as a successful entrepreneur when she started her own company.


In 2009, according to her bio, JeanMarie Guenot founded and ran SKS Ocular, an ophthalmic company. which focused on ocular drug delivery technologies and therapies for glaucoma, macular degeneration and ocular inflammation.


Currently she holds the position of president and CEO at Amphivena Therapeutics, Inc., a San Francisco based company that specializes in the development of immune therapies for bi-functional antibody therapy for blood cancer.


In June of 2015, under her leadership, Amphivena announced that their preclinical studies were able to identify the T-cell redirecting bispecific CD33/CD-targeting antibodies that met their activity and safety profile for treating AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). These findings were presented to the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.


Moreover, the positive preclinical results has lead to a milestone for Amphivena and Dr. Guenot. They have found AMV-564 as a viable therapeutic candidate for clinical development. They hope it will soon be ready for early phase clinical trials.


To understand the importance of this research, you must understand what it is and how Acute Myeloid Leukemia effects an individual. AML is a type of cancer of the blood where the bone marrow makes abnormal white blood cells, red blood cells or platelets. If not treated, it can progress quickly. The abnormal cells will build up in the bone marrow and blood, causing infection, anemia, and easy bleeding. These same leukemia cells can spread to other parts of the body, such as the gums, skin, brain, spinal cord and central nervous system.


As credited on Facebook, Dr. Guenot earned her MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D from the University of California in San Francisco.


The two worlds of technology and fashion have always grown in relationship to each other. Fashion helps to create technology that is more fashionable and aesthetically appealing while technology helps fashion to create practical designs. The two industries, although different in nature, are complementary and inseparable. One can always improve upon areas in which the other lacks. The advancement of music is a great example. From the large and obtrusive boombox to the small and stylish iPod, as the technology advanced, so did the fashion surrounding the product.

Chris Burch is the founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital, an incubator for small businesses and startups. Burch grew up in Philadelphia and started his first business while still attending college. Brothers Chris and Bob Burch founded Eagle’s Eye apparel and began selling sweatshirts door to door at Ithaca College. They would purchase the sweatshirts for $10 and sell them for $15. What started out on a $2,000 investment eventually grew into a $165 million brand that eventually sold for $60 million to the Swire Group. Chris Burch continued his entrepreneurial ventures helping to establish the Tony Burch fashion brand. He scaled the business to become worth billions of dollars before selling his shares. In 2012, Chris Burch was named to Forbe’s list of the The World’s Billionaires.

The home decor and accessories brand C. Wonder was the first company that Burch founded under his new Burch Creative Capital business. The brand was later sold to Xcel Brands. Burch Creative Capital made one of their most popular investments in 2014 when they partnered with popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. The company worked closely with Ellen to design and market her ED lifestyle brand. Burch Creative Capital has worked closely with luxury, fashion and lifestyle brands such as Cocoon9, Voss Water, Chubbies and TRADEMARK among many others.

What sets Burch Creative Capital apart from their competition is the dedication and commitment they have to their clients. Chris Burch takes more pride in the trusting and nurturing relationship he develops with his clients, more so than the original investment or the overall success of the company. As an entrepreneur himself, Burch understands how critical creativity and passion are to the success of small businesses and startups. Through Burch Creative Capital, he seeks to create an environment within which his investments can thrive and grow. With decades of entrepreneurial experience, Chris Burch has a lot of expertise and advice with which to support his clients.