Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Ivy Receives The Noel Polk Award

The first recipient of the Noel Polk Award in the Art of Architecture
Robert Ivy, the CEO of American Institute of Architects, since 2011, has been elected by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) to receive the Noel Polk Award for Lifetime Achievement with Andrew Cary Young on June 2. Andrew C. Young is a stained-glass artist from Jackson, Mississippi. The coveted Noel Polk Award is given to residents of Mississippi who have amassed “a lifetime of creating, performing” that is “extraordinary and worthy of special honor. Ivy is a non-musical recipient of the Noel Polk Award whose works of achievement have been in Architecture.

Ayda Ayoubi, in writing for the AIA Journal reported that Carl Elefante, FAIA, and President of AIA praised Ivy’s being the recipient of the Noel Polk Award as a “crowning personal, professional achievement,” and acknowledged Robert Ivy as being a resident of Mississippi, gave due congratulations to the recipient, also a Fellow of AIA. President Elefante mentioned that Ivy is also a noted author, editor in his field as well as a practicing architect.

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Robert Ivy has amassed a long string of award and honors in his architectural career. Besides his becoming the CEO of AIA in 2011, Robert Ivy served as editor of the Architectural Record and received a National Magazine Award. Since becoming the CEO of AIA, Robert Ivy has increased the membership of AIA members significantly, from its 160-year history. In 2010, Ivy received the title of “Master Architect” from Alpha Rho Chi, both an honorary title and honor from the national fraternity of architects.

Nancy LaForge, president of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, commented that Ivy makes architecture “more accessible to the general public” than anyone else in Mississippi. LaForge went on to mention Ivy will join a list of other recipients of the Noel Polk Award as Shelby Foote (2004), Morgan Freeman (2007), Leontyne Price (2001), and Eudora Welty (2001).

Ivy has served in the capacity of EVP and CEO of AIA since 2011. The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award Banquet will take place on June 2.

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After Hardships and Skepticism, Success Came Along

Before Vijay began pursuing his success, he understood that no one could do everything alone. Bearing this fact in mind, and began seeking his path. Today, Vijay is a celebrated business person and entrepreneur. He has accomplished many things and received awards. Vijay is recognized both locally and internationally. He is a part of many organizations and authored several books as well. Besides business, Vijay is a participant in philanthropy because the society has given him much.

All these achievements did not just come to Vijay. He has experienced hardships even with a university education. Some of the menial jobs he did were security guides, cab driver, attendant a gas station and working for a dishonest person. Nevertheless, the best came out of the hardship.

The inception of QI lies behind an interesting story involving QNET. Back in college, Vijay was interested in network marketing but partly felt skeptic about it. Eventually, he decided to explore and know it. Gradually, Vijay loved the idea and venture in it. While Vijay was working on the plan, he thought about how networking would create business opportunities. His perspective from an economist was to address the issue of unemployment.

Employment is changing rapidly in the world because of automation. Vijay observed that automation and technology are replacing employees. This fact motivated him to choose an idea that will provide employment and entrepreneur opportunities for upcoming career people. QI forms the bedrock of a better future. The company turned out to be a breakthrough for Vijay.

Interacting with people is crucial to Vijay Eswaran.  It helps in bringing ideas to life because other people are part of completing it. That is why Vijay believes that no one can do everything in isolation. Although sometimes you need alone time and silence, other times involve other brilliant minds in your work.


Luiz Carlos Trabuco Is The New Chairman Of Bradesco And The Bank’s Stock Is Moving In The Right Direction

Brazil may be out of the running for the World Cup, but Brazilian banks are never out when it comes to making money. In good economic times and in bad, the big private banks in Brazil make their investors happy. Bradesco, the second largest bank in Brazil, is a good example of a big bank that knows how to acquire assets, use insurance plans, and to change their business model in order to beat their profit projections. It’s not easy turning a profit in Brazil these days, but men like banker Luiz Carlos Trabuco make it look easy. Read this article about Luis Carlos Trabuco at Estadao.

Luiz Carlos Trabuco is the Chairman of the Board of Banco Bradesco, the second biggest bank in Brazil in terms of assets under management. Trabuco is a Bradesco built banker. He started his banking career in 1969, and he never left Bradesco. Luiz went through the bank’s training program, and he made a name for himself in the Bradesco organization. Trabuco became a bank director in the 1980s and a Vice-President in the 1990s. In 2003, he took over Bradesco’s insurance division, Seguros. He turned Seguros into one of the major profit centers for the bank. At the end of 2008, he became Bradesco’s president and CEO. Read this article at Info Money.

When Luiz Carlos Trabuco took over in January 2009, the bank was facing several challenges. Brazil’s middle class was emerging, and they needed a bank that offered new services like Internet banking. Luiz Carlos Trabuco’s executive team developed a usable Internet banking platform, and Bradesco’s IT department began working on an efficient mobile banking platform so Brazilians could bank anywhere. Today, Bradesco’s mobile banking services are as good as any bank’s mobile services in the world, according to Chairman Luiz Carlos Trabuco.

Now that Trabuco has a new executive team in place, Bradesco’s stock is putting a smile on faces across the country. Wall Street likes what Trabuco is doing in the digital banking space, and so do bank investors and millions of Brazilians. Bradesco may be number two in Brazil, but Bradesco customers say the bank is number one when it comes to offering new banking services.


The Contribution of Sheldon Lavin to OSI Group’s Success

One of the industries that are known to bring huge returns in the United States is the food industry. Even so, many companies have given their all and invested in this industry. Clearly, only companies with best strategies make it big in the industry. Lead by its chief executive officer Sheldon Lavin, the OSI Group has dared to dream big. Having conquered the American meat market, the company has primarily aimed at becoming a global company. This is a walk that Sheldon has gladly walked, being the cheerleader of the company. Sheldon has influenced the achievements of the company as well as its goals.

The career journey of Mr. Lavin in the meat industry began being scripted about four decades ago when he was requested to be the financial guide of Otto & Sons, now known as OSI Group. Before the appointment, Sheldon was working at a financial service industry. His diligence at work went unmatched, all the more reason that Otto & Sons noticed him. The dedication he had in his undertakings saw him being named the chief executive officer, few years into his service. He has continued to serve at OSI Group with utmost diligence, with a determination of making it a global company. As at the moment, OSI Group employs at least 200,000 employees, all who are under Sheldon Lavin. He is responsible for managing these employees.

Sheldon Lavin’s leadership has indeed stirred the growth of OSI Group. In the 1970 and 1980s, the company managed to open branches in Taiwan, The Philippines, South Africa, Japan, Australia as well as South America. Today, OSI Group has managed to open up at least 60 facilities across the globe. The exceptional leadership of Sheldon Lavin was appreciated in the year 2016. He was thus accorded the prestigious Global Visionary Award. The award is usually given to individuals who have exceptional service delivery. Under his leadership, OSI Group has received awards such as the Global of Honors award, usually given by the British Council. Companies that fit to be given this accolade are those that have devices strategies of reducing the environmental pollution.

OSI Industires Is Growing For The Future

As of today, the OSI Group is known as being among the worlds largest food providers. Due to this, the company has well over 20,000 employees that are located at 65 different facilities, in 17 countries. The growth of the company is a part of the American history in the economy of the 20th century. Today the company proudly has a huge growing presence in today’s globalized economy.

The OSI Group’s (OSI Industries) history is all centered around the American experience of the immigrants. It was in 1909 that the company first began on the west side of Chicago also known as Oak Park. Two years after arriving in the United States, a small butcher shop and a retail market were opened by Kolschowsky. At the end of the very first World War, he had decided to expand the business and began working on the wholesale side of his business.

By 1928 the business had grown into being an immigrant business that was family based and got renamed as being Otto & Sons (OSI Industries). For decades after being renamed the business continued to grow and flourish. Though it was a small business Otto & Sons quickly became an important part of the community in America.

It was in 1955 that Ray Kroc had decided to open up the very first McDonald,s. However, before he opened up his first store he had already come under an agreement with the sons of Kolschowsky, to allow them to be McDonald’s fresh beef supplier. In just a short few years Kroc had decided to fully buy out McDonald’s and became the companies Chief Executive Officer.

The pressure, however, was really on Otto & Sons (OSI Industries) when they decided to go from Otto & Sons to being the global corporation OSI Group. Soon the corporation grew into being able to serve many of the McDonald’s facilities. It was in 1975, that the company officially became OSI Industries. Through the official name change, the company went from being a family owned butcher shop to being a manufacturer scale company. The company today still continues to strive and grow in any way that it can.

Sheldon Lavin and His Advocacy for Green Innovation

Sheldon Lavin is from a humble beginning. He was an investor and a bank executive before joining OSI Group. The following is a recent interview where he discusses his career journey, achievements, and contributions to OSI Group.

OSI Group

OSI Group has been in existence for more than a century. Otto Kolschowsky established a meat marketplace and a butcher shop in Chicago and called it Otto & Sons. The establishment has gone through various advancements to become OSI Group. It currently has partners across the world and over 65 locations. Sheldon Lavin is the company chief executive officer. He focuses on food safety and sustainability, and green practices. The CEO uses strategic market-focused approaches to continue growing the food company. OSI acquisitions are an indicator of its exponential growth.

OSI Growth

Otto & Sons started experiencing its growth in 1955 after McDonald’s chose it as its hamburger supplier. In 1973, it opened a special facility to serve McDonald’s. Sheldon Lavin joined Otto Kolschowsky sons, and they became partners. He helped steer the brothers into an international market. The entity changed its name to OSI Group in 1975. By 1980, it had opened outlets in Brazil, Australia, Spain, Germany, and Taiwan. In 1990, the organization had plants in Philippines, China, Poland, and Mexico.OSI Group began aggressive development of its poultry operations on various continents. The first partnership was in 2002 in China. Australia acquirement brought OSI into the beef industry of the country. The company acquired a poultry firm in the US in 2006To satisfy the expansion demands.

About Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon entered OSI Group over forty years ago. He became the third firm partner in the 1970s due to his professional experience and leadership skills. Lavin later bought interest from one of the Kolschowsky qualifying him to be a half partner. Upon the retirement of the other brother, Sheldon Lavin obtained voting control.. Lavin emphasizes on green innovations to boost the company growth. OSI has created employment opportunities to more than 20,000 workers around the world. All outlets must uphold to the entity culture despite the industry focuses, oceans, and languages separating the facilities. Lavin is a religious philanthropist.

Professor Kamil Idris Discusses China, Tariffs, and Intellectual Property

President Trump recently imposed hefty tariffs on Chinese trade, impacting goods worth over $50 billion. According to Professor Kamil Idris, director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), these tariffs are necessary to protect US intellectual property (IP) from theft by Chinese manufacturers.


China, like the US, is a signatory to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which sets minimum standards for regulations with which all signatories must comply. TRIPS also sets forth a number of optional enforcement mechanisms, and allows signing countries to decide for themselves which, if any, they’d like to employ.


According to Professor Idris, the Chinese government has failed in its responsibility as a TRIPS signatory to protect the intellectual property rights of the nation’s foreign trading partners. Robert Lighthizer, the US Trade Representative (USTR), conducted a seven month investigation on intellectual property theft in 2017. The investigation led to a report stating that intellectual property theft by Chinese firms costs US firms between $225 billion and 600 billion annually. Professor Idris notes that the USTR has launched formal protests of Chinese practices several times, but the problem persists.

There are several mechanisms Chinese manufacturers use to appropriate foreign IP. Counterfeiting and piracy are the most common mechanisms historically, but Professor Kamil Idris notes that forced technology transfers have become a more common method. Forced transfer refers to Chinese firms requiring foreign trade partners to send technology to China, where it can then be illicitly copied.


Another new form of IP theft Idris notes is cyber-theft, in which Chinese hackers penetrate foreign firms’ databases to steal information. Idris notes that this coincides with growing concerns about overseas hackers manipulating US elections.


Idris notes that Section 301 of the US Trade Act of 1974 gives the President the authority to impose trade sanctions as a consequence of IP rights violations, making the tariffs a legitimate enforcement mechanism.

Ted Bauman- A man with a financial plan

Ted Bauman

Ted Bauman is the editor of The Bauman Letter, a monthly publication that helps its readers make financially sound decisions by investing money in the right places to capitalize their wealth. His financial blogs and articles are extensively read and he has more than 100,000 subscribers.

Ted Bauman was born and raised in Maryland, U.S. His father, Bob Bauman, also wrote for the Banyan Hill, and was a Senator and a U.S. Congressman during Bauman’s childhood.

Bauman received a Bachelor of Science degree from The State University of New York and an MBA in Finance from George State University. He moved to South Africa in the mid-1980s, where he graduated from the University of Cape Town with degrees in Economics and History.

Ted Bauman was interested in the development and implementation of economic and urbanization policy in post-apartheid countries. He worked as a consultant for African and European governments and the United Nations. Read more at The Sovereign Investor about Ted Bauman.

He returned to the U.S. to work as Director of International Programs for an Atlanta based nonprofit organization. It was here that his international experience and insight on techniques to detect and enhance financial stability of an organization, came to use. He joined Banyan Hill Publishing in 2013 as he inherited his father’s position.


Over the years at Banyan Hill Publishing, he has widened his financial writing to include Smart Money service, an ETF-trading platform and Alpha Stock Alert, a weekly stock trading service.

Budding as a financial writer was different for him because he was not an investment specialist, nor was he involved in commercial finance. He gained most of his knowledge from his experience managing finance strategies for nonprofit developers all across the world. Ted Bauman wants to help people who save hard-earned money only to lose it to greedy corporations and government schemes. His far-stretched, multi-national background as an economist has prompted him to help nonprofit organizations and give advice about asset protection and investment. Today, he lives with his family in Atlanta, Georgia. Follow Ted Bauman on

Guilherme Paulus’ Take On Entrepreneurship

To many people, the word entrepreneurship has different meanings. It could be a success in business, success in setting up businesses, or businesses taking on financial risk in the hope of profit.

In 2017, Guilherme Paulus talked about entrepreneurship in an event dubbed the, Top Seller Event. The event, which took place on November 22 and 23, had entrepreneurship as the main theme. According to Paulus, entrepreneurship is the process in which a person achieves success in life.

The president of the GJP Hotels Network was selected as special guest for he is well established in the industry. Guilherme Paulo, who also happened to be the chairman of the board of CVC, Latin American traveling agency, opened up and shared his life story. As a mere IBM trainee, his career kicked off at a very young age.

Though he was not much into computer related jobs, he had no choice but to accept the job. He later joined the sales department in the tourism business, a job that he mostly desired. According to him, this job was God given since he hadn’t planned for it. It was through a random advertisement in a paper that he found his dream job.

Guilherme Paulus was an optimist where he always took chances out of his difficulties. As he worked at the travel agency (Casa Faro), he had plans to start his own travel agency. His dream came true later when he decided to seek advice from his employer and other close counterparts.

CVC Travel Agency came to existence and was fully operational. Though it underwent numerous setbacks along the way, it eventually became successful. Through his hard work, Guilherme Paulus was quite smart to allow the startup he co-founded to collapse. He had to seek out advice from numerous friends who gave him ideas and indications. Since then, CVC travel agency had gradual success.

Guilherme Paulus is a leader who believes in innovation. According to him, it is through this that success is born. His definition of entrepreneurship is clearly seen through his hard work and persistence. Paulus is still not satisfied with his achievements and is planning to make his company global in the future. Guilherme’s success was massive that he became among the few billionaires to be listed in the Forbes billionaires list.

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Exercise and Healthy Living Is The Key To Ryan Seacrest’s Busy Career

Ryan Seacrest is one of the most recognized celebrities in Hollywood. Whether he is hosting American Idol on television, or on the radio hosting On Air With Ryan, when you see the face or hear the voice, you know it’s Ryan Seacrest.

Recently, Seacrest disclosed that as a child, he was overweight and was embarrassed by it, and yet still took cookies and nachos behind his mother’s back. Eventually, he shed those pounds and now has confidence to wear all of those talented hats. Health and exercise are now an everyday occurrence for Seacrest. It’s hard work and determination, but in doing so, relieves the stress of holding down all of those TV and radio jobs he is involved with.

Seacrest schedules his workouts as if they were meetings that cannot be canceled. He also has been known to get a few pushup and sit-ups in during a commercial break. Seacrest even at lockers a two hotels in Los Angeles. This allows him for easy access to workouts no matter what end of the city he is in.

To help make exercise fun and interesting, Ryan Seacrest mixes up his routine to include for thing: 1. gym workouts, 2. cardio workouts, 3. yoga, 4. biking. By varying his workouts with these four categories, Seacrest remains motivated and enthusiastic towards exercising.

Seacrest is probably best know for hosting American Idol since 2002. He has stayed with the show ever since its debut. His radio show, On Air With Ryan airs on 130 stations across the country. In 2017, Seacrest began his co-hosting duties on Live With Kelly And Ryan.

Ryan Seacrest keeps busy behind the camera ad microphones as well. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation has establish media centers in 9 pediatric hospitals in the US. These media centers allow patients to explore the aspects of radio, television and new media.