Every entrepreneur faces a watershed moment, where one decision may make or break an empire. For Richard Liu Quiangdong, the founder of JD.com, his moment of truth came in 2002 in the aftermath of a fatal SARS virus outbreak. At the time, Richard Liu was doing good business, with 12 physical stores stationed in Beijing. The SARS epidemic crippled physical interaction, which meant that his employees and customers would not interact without the high risk of catching virus. Consequently, Richard Liu wrapped up all his stores and shut down operations to protect his customers and employees from the lethargic SARS virus.
Not one to let up easily, Richard Liu called a crisis meeting and bounced off ideas on how to get back to business. Resultantly, the idea to take the business online was born, and Richard Liu fully embraced the idea and saw it to fruition. This marked the birth of JD.com, and since then, the E-commerce company has registered an upward trend in growth commanding a market value of $57.6 billion according to Forbes.
The success of JD.com has attracted equally affluent shareholders such as Walmart who hold a 12 percent stake and Tencent who own 15 percent of Jd.com. Richard Liu is also among the richest people in China , with a reported net worth of $11 billion.
According to Richard Liu, he was lucky to recognize at an early time, that the future of business was online. Additionally, he appreciated and encouraged innovativeness at JD.com, and this has steered the popular retailer to international status. Richard Liu Quiangdong would matriculate at Renmin University of China where he graduated in 1996 with a sociology degree.
His choice to study Sociology was inspired by his inclination to politics. He, however, would switch to programming after realizing he would not get paid enough in the latter profession. Richard Liu took up several coding jobs which allowed him to pursue an EMBA at the China Europe International Business School. He took up several jobs, including working as the head of computers and head of business at Japan Life, before he started a magneto-optics selling store, which eventually became JD.com.
The University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology is proud to have Edwin Miranda as one of its Ph. D students. Together with five other top research scientists, Edwin Miranda wrote a paper on how metabolic and inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis and diabetes are induced by a diet that is rich in fats; the National Institute of Health partly funded this paper. It proved the theory of eating a fat-rich diet can cause a lot of cardiac-related diseases to the person that is engaging in this lifestyle.
Edwin Miranda and his team found out that RAGE (The receptor for advanced glycation end products) when it comes to the pathophysiology of metabolic diseases, plays significant part of ensuring that these effects are stifled (this is achieved together with its receptor that is in soluble form (sRAGE)). The scientists’ objective was to find out the consequences of a meal that is rich in fats consumed by a person who has just exercised and one who has not. They got volunteers who were able to eat the meals after they had done some severe aerobic workouts but after they had consumed it earlier without having exercised.
The conclusion to this successful research that was done by Edwin Miranda and his team with 12 volunteers proved to be quite fascinating. It was found that RAGE had not many effects on when the volunteers did the exercise versus when they did not. The processes that are stifled by RAGE are otherwise unaffected as the study concluded although more research needs to be done to show how RAGE and a High-Fat Meal are correlated. This paper showed that the Ph. D student at the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan is not only a brilliant scientist but also an excellent team member as the study suggests.
Ever since they first started, Talos Energy has been providing people with positive opportunities they can use with the oil they gain from offshore drilling. The company knows a lot about drilling and they do different things that help set them apart from any other company. In fact, they are among the biggest offshore drilling companies in the Gulf of Mexico and that’s an important aspect of how they do business. Since they spent a lot of time coming up with positive opportunities and experiences, the company knows there are things that might make it easier for them to help others. They also know their company can continue thriving as long as they have the chance to do everything the right way. It’s their goal to continue providing oil and better energy experiences to everyone who needs them.
There are other companies that Talos Energy surpasses because of their commitment to helping create positive energy solutions. They know what they want to do and how they want to cater to the people they work with. The company also knows the importance of making sure they can help people see what they can get from energy solutions. It’s a big part of oil industry and something other businesses don’t focus on. Since Talos Energy knows there are things they can do, they work to provide those options to the people who use their energy. They also use these techniques when they’re working with third parties to provide them with more energy so the can help people.
As long as other people know what they need to do and what they can get out of the situations, there are things that Talos Energy can make happen. They spend a lot of time learning about the right way to handle different situations and get more energy for all the people they work with. Thanks to their commitment, Talos Energy can add more energy opportunities for people who see their business. They want to continue acquiring and merging with companies so they have a chance to make the most out of all the situations they deal with.
Sheldon Lavin is the chief executive officer of OSI Group, the world’s largest food distributor. The group covers the OSI Industries and OSI International Foods and operates in over 30 nations with more than 70 premises. The firm deals with various commodities like chicken, beef, and pork products and employs over 200,000 workers. The major customers are supermarkets and restaurants.
Sheldon Lavin specialized in finance from a university after completing his studies in a school of accounts. Due to his expertise in financial management, Lavin began a consultant group in downtown Chicago where he worked for over 15 years. Lavin helped various firms to develop their production capacity. In the beginning, OSI Group existed as Otto and Sons. The group hired Lavin as a part-time financial consultant. Later in 1970, Lavin got employed by the company as a financial adviser on a full-time base. The individual helped the company to go through the economic transformation. Lavin guided in the journey to transform the firm from being a local company serve internationally. At first, Lavin showed the willingness to interact with the management of the firm and got allowed to manage 50 percent of the company. After working for more than 20 years, Lavin acquired the 100 percent of the controlling stake of OSI Group.
As of 2016, the group managed to acquire assets worth $6.1 billion, which showed an incredible improvement. Today, OSI Group is in the top 100 American food processing companies under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin. The leader holds numerous awards due to his strategic leadership skills. The most recent award is the prestigious 2016 Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy. This award distinguishes leaders with determined to bring change in the world through fulfilling various achievements in life. Lavin has a Lifetime Achievement Award for his determination to create business opportunities.
Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, the group purchased the Tyson Food Plant in North America to show the willingness to fasten services around the area. Also, the group acquired the Flagship Europe in 2017 renaming it as the Creative Food Europe. Moreover, the bought the controlling stake in Baho.
The blockchain is a word that has been gaining more and more notoriety these days, especially in the banking sector. In the world of finance and banking, blockchain technology refers to the channel in which Bitcoins are transferred. When a transaction is done via Bitcoin, it is logged in a public distributed ledger, known simply as a blockchain. One of the pioneers in making this technology easily accessible for the public is a man named Serge Belamant. He is the founder of Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc, which is the first company to produce debit cards based on the blockchain principle.
Tech watchers have been saying for a while now that blockchain will revolutionize the way people do banking. Now, with nearly 3 million users of blockchain based debit cards patented by Net1 Technology the company is poised to be at the leading edge of new technology. The next obvious question will be “how did this technology developed by Serge Belamant become so successful?” The answer is astonishingly simple. Blockchain debit cards do not always need online access to work, which is the opposite of an ordinary debit card, linked to a bank account.
In fact, you do not even need a connected source of electricity as well as a centralized point of sale (POS). This can be done with battery operated POS devices and the information of the transaction gets stored in the cards. The next time the customer uses the card online, all offline activity will get passed onto Net1’s computers. Net1 blockchain debit cards are monitored by the company’s mainframe computers for both online as well as any past offline transactions.
To his credit, Serge Belamant was one of the first people to recognize the potential for blockchain, especially when it comes to lower infrastructure costs. Apart from Net1 UEPS Technologies Serge Belamant founded Zilch Technology. However, he no longer serves as the CEO of Net1 UEPS, but serves on the board.
Mr Auriemo is 42 years old his happily married to Landmann Mariana Auriemi and have two children. Zeco is currently the chairperson and CEO of JHSF. When not working, Zeco would sooner have a quiet day over at his favorite golf club or have some fun time catching up with his family.
Zeco took over the family business at a young age of below 30 years thus becoming one of the youngest leaders in Brazil. This was made possible because of the experience he had gained since his teen years when he helped around in the company business. By participating in the International Youth Coexistence in Japan and participating in horse riding in Europe besides Nelson Pessoa Filho, Zeco demonstrated leadership skills. At the age of 17years Zeco was working at JHSF and at the same time undertaking an engineering course at the Faculty of Engineering in San Paulo. He later decided to drop his studies and concentrate on his family business.
Jose Auriemo saw potential in incorporation as it had a market all over the world. This is when he decides to start the project of Parque Cidade Jardim. The project was to sit on a 38,000 meters squared piece of land. Many people were against this decision and thought it would fail but he did not only complete the project but it brought back a lot of profits. At the moment the company is trading its shares on the Brazil stock exchange.
Business of fashion released their new edition of BoF 500 this year and with it came a list of the most influential people who are in the fashion market. This year, Jose Auriemo Neto the chief executive officer of JHSF was among the people who were on the list. Jose Auriemo Neto is from, Brazil and has caused a big difference in Brazil’s fashion world. This difference was noted when he launched Cidade Jardim, the largest shopping mall that houses over 200 brands in it. He is also recognized in Brazil for introducing Jimmy Choo and Hermes to the country. Zeco is also an real estate developer. He has also received recognition during the dinner gala in New York this year August.
Sheldon Lavin works as the Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group, a food producing company that offers its services globally in seventeen countries and with 20, 000 employees. The company has grown while utilizing cutting-edge technology in food production and processing. OSI started as a McDonald’s suppliers and has grown into an international food supplier under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin who has propelled the company success since 1975.
Sheldon introduced the company to the new technology in food production, and reservation that is very effective and will reduces environmental pollution in the operation process. He made Sustainability a key operation decision at OSI. The move has made both the company and the CEO to be recognized and given awards including California Green Business Award, Global Visionary Award, the environmental award from the North America Meat Institute, and the honor from the British Safety Council.
Sheldon Lavin was an investment manager in 1970 when OSI Group, then known as Otto & Sons was seeking financial assistance for expansion. Lavin helped the company secure the funding, and the company requested him to have a stake in ownership, but he refused. Later on, in 1975 when the company was seeking more funding for expanding internationally, Sheldon was asked to be a partner, and that is when he became the CEO and Chairperson at OSI Group.
OSI expanded and one of the partners retired leaving Sheldon Lavin in control of one half of the company. In 2002, the other partner retired leaving Lavin in total voting control. Under his leadership, OSI Group expanded and had become a big corporation with an estimated net worth of $6.1 billion and ranked as the 58thmost prominent private organization in 2016.
Sheldon Lavin is committed to ensuring that sustainability is part of the company’s daily operation. The company created the Chief Sustainability Officer position in 2017 who is responsible for overseeing the international sustainability plans as well as helping in developing them and guiding their implementation. Under Sheldon Lavin management, the OSI Group won the California Green Business Award in 2016 for the Riverside OSI outlet.
Wes Edens is recognized for being one of the most successful business executives around the world. He participated in starting Fortress Investment Group, and he has been in the top positions since the company began. Wes has managed to outshine others in the entrepreneurship world because he has a rich educational background and he has been in the industry for many years acquiring a lot of experience. The talented business executive went to Oregon State University and studied Finance and Business Administration. He wanted to first gain the knowledge before launching his career in the competitive financial industry.
After acquiring knowledge, Wes Edens went to work at Lehman Brothers. He worked at the company as the managing director as well as a partner for some years. He also went to work for another great organization called BlackRock as a managing director and partner. While working at this organization, he helped it in many ways. He worked here for years before deciding to start a venture known as Fortress Investment Group which has since achieved great success. Since the company’s inception in 1998, Wes has contributed a lot to its growth. He has been making crucial decisions that have enabled the firm to continue attracting investors around the world. For example, Wes Edens was part of deciding to purchase Spring Leaf Financial Services. The firm was previously known as the American General Finance.
Wes Edens also catalyzed the deal to buy Nationstar Mortgage previously called the Centex Home Equity Company. The acquisition of Nationstar Mortgage by Fortress Investment Group has been crucial in the growth and development of the company. Although Wes is a partner and a principal at Fortress Investment Group, he has also been involved in internal activities of the company. He has been serving as the Chairman of Fortress Transport and infrastructure. He has been holding the position and running the company with diligence. That is why Fortress Investment has been growing since it started. His contributions to the expansion of the firm are great. Today Wes is a prominent billionaire who has been listed by Forbes among the most successful professionals in the world.
Few people outside of the financial tech sector have heard the name GreenSky. And even fewer have heard of the company’s camera-shy CEO, David Zalik. But both Zalik and the company he founded have quickly become prominent within the world of financial technology.
Founded in 2006, GreenSky was conceived as a means to bring merchants, customers and banks together in a way that would prevent the needless loss of sales. Zalik had extensive experience working in the home-remodeling sector, a fact brought about by his involvement in e-consultancy firm Outweb. Zalik realized that many sales were being lost at the point of sale as a result of customers experiencing sticker shock. In particular, customers with little or no experience in home remodeling or contracting were consistently underestimating the true costs of projects. This led to many sales being lost, never to be recovered.
Zalik believed that it may be possible to help merchants overcome this sort of point-of-sale customer objection. He started offering loan products that were originally designed for contractor who did in-field house calls. If a customer balked at the bid price, the contractor would be able to tell the customer that they have special promotional financing. Because the average FICO score of this class of customer is in the 760 range, GreenSky could offer spectacular loan terms. A typical GreenSky loan involved no interest or payment for the first year. And because the majority of the borrowers are prime, the lenders themselves don’t have to worry about high rates of delinquencies or defaults.
The model proved to be a boon for home contractors. Zalik quickly realized the potential in other fields. He began branching out into elective medical procedures, sellers of aluminum siding, window replacement and roofers. Today, GreenSky has more than 17,000 merchants who are able to be matched with 14 of the largest lenders in the country, including Fifth Third Bancorp, Sun Trust and Region’s Bank.
When Guilherme Paulus started his hotels, he knew how to market them so more people would come and enjoy all the options Brazil had. He also knew the right way to market hotels could make a difference for the company. As long as he pushed to make things easier for people, he felt good about the industry options he created. The hotels continued getting better and Paulus felt he made the best choices. No matter what issues he had or what he did to make that difference, he felt good about giving back to the travel community.
While Guilherme Paulus gave back to the community, he also made a difference for people in Brazil. As long as he had a chance to keep helping people understand the options they had, he could show them how successful the hotels were. He created a lot of jobs and new opportunities for people in the area the hotel was in. It gave him a chance to help people understand they could do more than what they did at other jobs. It also give them a chance to learn more about the benefits that came with working in various areas of the hotels.
After seeing the success he had with his hotel, Guilherme Paulus knew he had to do something different but also in the travel industry. He felt the options he had would allow him to make a travel tour company. This company gave him the chance to try different things while also making sure he could help other people with these options. It made sense for him to keep doing things that would allow him to cater to more people. It also made things easier for him when coming up with new ways to make money. The idea he had for the travel company was to show people things they wouldn’t normally see while visiting Brazil.
The tour company gave Guilherme Paulus the chance to reach more people and show them other areas of Brazil. It also made things easier for him when he looked for different options for the industry. He found out the right way to handle tour companies while also making things easier for all the people who worked with the companies. Even though he knew what it would take to give others a positive experience, he had to work to make a difference while also creating a fun tour.