Category Archives: Entrepreneur

How Greg Secker Changes Lives Through Trade Coaching and Philanthropy

Greg Secker is the founder of the Knowledge to Action Group and the Greg Secker Foundation where the former is a for-profit business conglomerate, and the latter is a non-profit. He is popular amongst upcoming businesspeople in London, Sydney, Manila, and Johannesburg because he has dedicated time and resources towards coaching and motivating them in their entrepreneurial journey. He also uses his non-profit organization to donate to charity and to help the needy navigate their way out of poverty. How he manages to do all that at only 42 is what makes him stand out among other entrepreneur and philanthropists.

Ideamensch’s Interview

Greg’s achievements make him a highly sought after personality, with many people wanting to hear his opinion on different topics, or to hear his journey story, and others interested to know who Greg is outside his public self. Ideamensch recently caught up with the legend and asked some of those questions on behalf of its readers. He explained that among the motivations that made him join entrepreneurship was boredom and the urge to educate people on the little that he knew about business. According to him, working in a bank was not as inspiring for him; it was boring to spend all day with only a computer to interact with. He quit his job and started coaching people through a premier coaching firm in England. To this end, his success is out for all to see.

Ideamensch also sought to know how Greg Secker efficiently cultivates his dreams and ideas to fruition. He said that he first ensures that he falls in love with his idea before he starts implementing it. He creates an illusion of the idea from the first step of the implementation process to the last, and that enables him to come up with a good strategy.

About Greg

During his life as an employee, Greg Secker worked for Thomas Cook Financial services where he ran the Virtual Trading Desk™ and Mellon Financial Corporation where he was a senior executive. It’s after quitting Mellon that he decided to start Learn to Trade.

Under the leadership of Greg, Learn to Trade has won many awards, including Best Educator by World Finance Magazine in a couple of times.

OSI Group has Appetite for Growth

According to the article on the News Version, the OSI Group is continuing to grow its multibillion-dollar status in the industry of food manufacturing with acquisitions of other food companies aligning well with the values and goals of the company. As a world leader, the company provides quality products and custom solutions for retail brands and food service. The productivity of OSI in 2016 alone shows the company’s emphasis on growth with a total of seven new facilities for production and processing worldwide.

OSI Group president, David McDonald explained, saying that he acknowledges the appetite of the company for growth not just in capacity. OSI product development is offering more to customers. By partnering with its customers on products that could help them expand their business, OSI Group is encouraging its suppliers to assist them to achieve increased sales. The company partnering method is giving demanding consumers more alternatives to getting what they need, including organic and natural foods, plus the potion of selecting premium specialties versus the ones that are hardly affordable.

McDonald credited the CEO of OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin, with pushing the organization to create the energy, making it grow, provide more food choices, and becoming more significant to clients. The company’s growth plan allows it to run in 16 nations outside the U.S. According to the daily newspaper, Chicago Tribune, OSI paid 7.4 million dollars for a former Chicago-based Tyson Foods plant. An OSI Industries spokesman stated that the facility, which is 200,000 square feet, provides help for continued business expansion. The line of the company includes beef items like hamburgers and meatballs, along with bacon, hot dogs, as well as other pork items, plus vegetable and poultry products.

According to Forbes, after more than 100 years in business, OSI Group is ranked among the largest privately-owned companies in the world. With the acquisition of Flagship Europe, OSI Group can provide resources for its new customers in international markets for a business that is already successful. The line of Flagship Europe includes various products ranging from pies to frozen poultry to sandwich fillings, dressings, sauces, marinades, and dips.

Since OSI Group opened its first family-owned meat market in 1909 in Chicago, one thing has remained constant, which is their steadfast dedication to their client’s success. That’s why many of the leading brands in the world regard them as their leading global food provider. The leading brands trust OSI always to deliver solutions of leading-edge food for their most critical processing needs and product development. Solutions that deliver value, quality, and also streamline processes while optimizing prices.

About OSI Group: www.careersinfood.com/osi-group-company-1088.htm

Business 101: James Dondero

James Dondero, Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management, lives in Dallas, TX and is also both CFA and CMA with over 30 years in training and experience because, as he says, “In this unique business, with its multiple opportunities for extension and cross-referencing, you truly never stop learning indeed”. Before working for Highland Capital Management, he was the Chief Investment Officer for GIC’s Protective Life and resigned in 1993. Prior to this experience, he was a Portfolio Manager for the renowned American Express itself, just after serving as a Corporate Bond Analyst for the company.

 

Mr. James Dondero is also a current member of the boards for American Banknote and MGM Studios respectively. In addition, he actively gives to numerous philanthropic efforts in public policy, education enrichment and veteran’s affairs. He contributed his best efforts to the Nexpoint fund NHF for many years and has both gained knowledge, wisdom and skill and made a world of difference to the area of traditional asset allocation in his very capturing approach. He has also become an expert on credit markets, equities, collateral loan obligations, commerce and accounting. He has assisted numerous reputable institutions around the world in high-yields, distress investing, corporate bonds, analysis, retail and institutional investment with proposed credit solutions.

 

Last month, Barron’s dedicated an article to this unique leader and posted it online as well as on the official Highland Capital Management website . The title is appealing and accurate, attracting many potential business partners, prospects and clients to what this man has done and the company’s future. In particular, the piece details Dondero’s claimed strengths and strategies regarding winning on alternative investment debt deals, trends and turnarounds. The article claims that he makes bold bets and takes a chance but eventually wins every time, examples for any leader in training to shadow. The article begins with honoring Dondero’s unique biography as one that speaks for itself and paints an interesting story into his current life and standing; one sees the pieces coming together in beautiful unity as we now have the finished piece of who this man is.

 

Thriving in the US: The Successful Life of Israel’s Adam Milstein

Adam Milstein arrived in the US in 1981 and enrolled for his MBA in the University of Southern California where he specialized in entrepreneurship. His motivation to venture on his own into real estate came about as a result of recruiters offering much less than what he felt he was worth. Initially, Adam Milstein had thought of making just enough money to enable him to settle the student loans and head back to Israel, but after three years of being a successful real estate commercial broker, he fully ventured into real estate investment. Milstein met David Hager, an Israeli investor, whom he convinced that they could jointly invest in properties. They later co-found Hager Pacific Properties, a privately owned real estate investment company, which specializes in the development of commercial and private aging properties.

Milstein was the first born son to Eva Milshtein and Hillel Milshtein, who was a real estate developer in Haifa, Israel. During his early years, Milstein joined the Israeli Defense Forces, after which he enrolled in the Israeli Institute of Technology. He graduated in 1978 with a degree in business and economics. In the course of his studies, he helped his father expand their real estate and property development business, a factor that must have played a significant role in influencing him to become a real estate entrepreneur. He met and married his wife Gila Elgrably in 1974 in Haifa. Besides being the co-founder of Hager Pacific Properties, Milstein is also a co-founder of the Israeli American Council to which he also is the National Chairman. Despite his not returning to Israel, he views himself as an Israeli ambassador as a result of his being a board member of several pro-Israeli organizations such as Jewish Funders Network, Los Angeles Board of Birthright Israel, among others. Along with his wife, they also founded the Sifriyat Pijama B’America, where they provide monthly Hebrew books to impact Jewish values to Israeli-Jewish-American families in the US.

View his profile on Linkedin.