Professional and trade associations are known to offer the training that employees do not acquire either at school or during on-the-job training. Professional associations specialize with handling individuals while Trade associations deal with companies. The American Society of Association reported a total of 92,000 trade and professional associations in 2010. The perks of joining such associations include educational programs, leadership roles, competing for industrial awards and building connections.
During the annual conferences, members interact with peers and other leaders in the industry. The connections aids members in the knowledge of work opportunities, and other career assistance. Membership in the societies provides access to online job boards, and to staff members that work with the association career centers. As the CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy discloses that Membership in professional associations render members of the associations accountable since they have a code of ethics to adhere to. During recruitment, clients and hiring managers are more settled when handling individual members of professional associations.
According to Robert Ivy, membership in a professional organization gives a sense of belonging and credibility. The membership indicates that an individual is dedicated to the particular field of specialization and that the person is updated on the developments and the trends of the industry. By serving on the association’s committee, a person can demonstrate the leadership skills to future employers. Robert Ivy reveals that applying for and winning industrial awards aids in the creation of an outstanding resume. Robert Ivy discloses that some associations require members to have appropriate licenses, with which the membership indicates the level of proficiency in the industry.
Robert advises members of the professional association to include such information in their LinkedIn and resumes. Robert Ivy became the first architect to win the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The accolade is bestowed to artists, musicians, writers and patrons in Mississippi for their committed support to art. Ivy schooled in Sewanee where he attained a Bachelor’s degree in English. He also has a Master’s Degree in Architectural that he attained from Tulane University. Formerly, he worked as the Editor-in-Chief of the McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record.
One of the qualities of a great leader is the ability to influence other people to achieve greatness in their individual lives. This can be through sharing of knowledge or sharing of resources that puts the next person on a path of success.
Vijay Eswaran walks the talk and has committed his resources, time and energy to empower entrepreneurs in India, in a bid to help them achieve more success in their ventures. For Vijay Eswaran, entrepreneurs who have broken even should consider giving back to the community by supporting others in the business.
Speaking at the Concordia Summit
Having achieved a lot himself, as the founder of the Q1 Group of Companies, Vijay Eswaran shares his extensive experience and knowledge by speaking in many international forums. The latest being at the Concordia Summit and also the World Economic Forum on gender parity.
The Concordia Annual Summit brings together notable professionals and executives to discuss global issues with a view of forming partnerships that significantly improve the global society. At the Summit, Vijay Eswaran emphasized the need to empower more women entrepreneurs in Indian and East Asian markets.
Eswaran added that the curriculum followed by Universities in most Asian countries is not holistic enough to adequately prepare students for the business world. To solve the recurrent dilemma, his company Q1 Group built a university that is centered on empowering the students, more so the female students, so that they can have an equal shot at success in the business world. Vijay says that the type of education offered at the university is hands-on and has directly impacted people’s lives.
More about Vijay Eswaran
Besides his roles as the Executive Chairman of the Q1 Group of Companies, Eswaran is also an author of six books, the latest being, Two Minutes from the Abyss—11 Pillars of Life Management which he published in 2016. He is also involved in philanthropic causes through the Vijayaratnam and RHYTHM Foundations that he started back in 2005.
OSI Group provides meat products to supermarkets and restaurants in the United States and worldwide. It operates in 17 countries and continues to seek new markets. OSI is based in Aurora, Illinois. The company is lead by CEO Sheldon Lavin and David McDonald is its president.A part of OSI Group’s business is expanding its meat based products worldwide. It recently purchased controlling shares in the Dutch company Baho Food. It operates in the Netherlands and Germany, along with 5 subsidiary companies. Gelderland Frishchwaren, Vital Convenience, Henri Van De Bilt, Bakx Foods and Q Smart Life are the subsidiary companies. Baho Food, at the time OSI Group purchased it, provided food for 18 countries in Europe.
OSI business goal is to increase Baho’s production and sales.In 2016, OSI Group purchased Flagship Europe from Flagship Food Group. Flagship provides frozen poultry, sous vide products, pies mayonnaise, dressings and sauces in the United Kingdom restaurant market. Flagship broadened it’s reach in the UK by purchasing Calder Foods. Calder Foods provides the UK market with sandwich fillings, marinades, sauces and dips.OSI global food market also includes Spain. OSI Food Solutions Spain operates in Toledo, Spain. In 2017, it improved its product line. Now, it produces 24,000 tons of chicken products annually.
In all, the food company produces 45,000 tons of beef, chicken and pork. The building was, also, expanded to include a space for a kitchen. The kitchen will be used for variety of product development and to better meet the needs of consumers.Within the United States, OSI Group purchased a food plant owned by Tyson Food. It is located on the south side of Chicago. With this domestic purchase, OSI was able to expand within the U.S and help prevent job loss for Tyson employees. Tyson employees were given the best business opportunity to remain in the same job positions they had previously.David McDonald, the president of OSI Group accredits the companies longevity to its ability to interact with the local community. This helps OSI know and understand each local markets needs and wants.
OI Group is currently considered one of the most successful food manufacturing and distribution companies in the world. It has also featured on the Forbes list of the top 100 largest private companies in the United States consistently. More importantly, it has already established operations in over 17 countries across the world where the Sheldon Led Company has established or acquitted over 60 food processing facilities. The fact it grosses over $6 billion in revenue is a manifestation of the success it has so far achieved.However, behind this success is a story of endurance, long nights and endless days by the company’s top management. It has all come across numerous challenges, some that threatened its sustainability, but still overcome them all due to the able an expert leadership of Sheldon Lavin, the company CEO, David McDonald, its current president and COO. Some challenges include:
There was a time when inadequate capital and threatened to drive about OSI Group to the ground. A combination of factors both at the management and operational level saw the company and time contributed to a massive financial crisis. At the time, the food manufacturer was known as Otto & Sons Company. They would soon hire the services of Sheldon Lavin an experienced finance and investment expert to help them with the financial restructuring.Sheldon helped reorganize their finances, their management and vision to help address these problems. He would even use his connection in the investment world to pool the necessary capital necessary to initiate such urgent operations in the company upgrade its factory systems. A partnership struck at this point and it led to the birth of OSI Group.
Inability to meet market demand
Continued use of redundant technologies didn’t just increase the cost of production, it also ensured that OSI Group was unable to meet customer demands. The company started losing crucial clients to its competitors. At one time its biggest and most loyal client, the McDonald Food chain, had to cancel an order with the global meat company and go for competitor products due to their inability to meet their demand.Sheldon, however, sought to address this by initiating the factory processes upgrade upon talking over OSI Group leadership. He stated by embracing modern technologies available in the market at the time. He has, however, set up a culinary center that seeks to continuously review the systems and technologies used at OSI Group worldwide. These have the intention of continuously upgrading the technologies to avoid a repetition of this scenario.
Sources of the article : https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/OSI-Group-LLC-Reviews-E19677.htm