How the American Institute of Architects Has Evolved While Staying True to its Mission

One of the most popular organizations in the realm of architecture is the Washington D.C. based American Institute of Architects, also known as the AIA, which is the leading professional organization for America’s top architectures.

The American Institute of Architects offers a variety of services to meet any need in the realm of architecture in the United States. They offer government advocacy, community development and redevelopment as well as education and public outside designed to inform the public about architecture advancements. The organization also offers a wide variety of support for individual architects and their firms. It is meant to be an organization that serves as a type of “one stop shop” for the architecture industry to continue to thrive and move forward.

The American Institute of Architects is somewhat of a legendary institute and is incredibly stately in nature. Most every prominent architect on the East Coast and beyond has been a part of the AIA in some way shape or form.

The AIA was originally founded by a group of 13 highly prominent architects with the goal of elevating the standards of the architecture profession in America. Among the founders were lengendary names such as Henry Cleveland and Joeseph C. Wells. The core group of 13 quickly grew to add 16 additional architects.

While it may seem like the simple founding of a group, it is important to remember that prior to the AIA being founded literally anyone could call themselves an architect. There were no universal standards for licensing. The AIA set the standards people must meet to be licensed as an architect.

The AIA has adapted and evolved through the years but still remains true to the goal of elating the profession of architecture and educating the public about it. It is still a membership centric organization.

The AIA is currently led by Robert Ivy, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President. Architecture is his life’s passion and he believes that architecture goes beyond the simple design of buildings but can provide an incredible impact in the lives of people. While his work mainly focuses on the design and construction of various buildings and structures, he encourages architects to think outside the lines and to not shy away from seeing past construction to what architecture can provide. From providing disaster relief and reconstruction to impacted areas to improviding the quality of life with innovative structures like rooftop gardens.

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Sheldon Lavin: Chairman and CEO of OSI Group

Born in 1932, Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, LLC. Mr. Lavin attended and majored in accounting at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University. Sheldon Lavin also received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.

For more than fifteen years, Mr. Lavin managed his own financial consulting firm, Sheldon Lavin and Associates, Inc. in Chicago. Aged 85, the thing that Mr. Lavin is most proud of is the fact that he was able to grow his company, help raise three children together with his wife, as well as give back to the society.

Career

Currently, Mr. Lavin serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, LLC. He also serves as President of OSI International Foods Ltd and the General Trustee of Rush University Medical Center.

He has an exceptionally high profile in the meat and food processing industry. Lavin has advanced his industry knowledge since 1970 when he was involved in Otto & Son’s investments which eventually developed into the OSI Group. Under his vision and governance, OSI Group has grown from a local food processing company to become a leading international industry leader with more than 60 branches in different countries.

In 2016, Lavin was offered a Global Visionary Award in recognition of his incredible success of growing OSI Group into the international scene and job creation. With a passion for reaching out to the needy, Lavin has provided support for Ronald McDonald House Charities for over 25 years and is chairman of its capital movement. Also, he supports other charities including The Sheba Foundation where he is a director and president.

About OSI Group LLC

Headquartered in Illinois, United States, OSI Group LLC delivers a wide variety of poultry, meat, vegetable, fish, and unique dough products and processing methodologies to clients in the restaurants, retail, industrial, private and foodservice distributors. The company products are manufactured and circulated in more than 65 facilities in 17 nations. Lavin has spearheaded OSI group to become a multibillion-dollar food processing global enterprise.

Glowing Testimonials Prove Securus’ Technology Solutions Prevent Crimes

Securus Technologies is a leading provider of integrated technology solutions to correctional facilities across the US. We provide inmate communication platforms, parolee tracking and information management solutions to the government. We use technology to solve and prevent numerous crimes at facilities. We recently invited stakeholders and the public to visit our technology center to learn how we are changing the incarceration experience and enhancing public safety.

We also published a short sampling of the numerous customer comments revealing how our technologies are reducing crime and improving their work experiences in facilities. Our customers include prison officials and workers in multiple correctional centers across the country. They have the unenviable responsibility of keeping the correctional facilities running efficiently. They also ensure that public safety is the primary priority in the local community.

We build safety into every solution that we provide. Let us review select comments. In one instance, a rogue member of staff allowing contraband into a facility was nabbed using calling data obtained from our systems. Our data enabled the facility leaders to get a search warrant on the corrupt staff.

In another instance, a client was able to filter communications for specific keywords related to alcohol, drugs, and trafficking. They were able to obtain information on the illegal use of cellular devices, suspicious financial activity and an outsider admitting to selling discounted prescription drugs.

Clients are excited by our evolving technology solutions that help them stay several steps ahead of the lawbreakers. Our strategy of integrating emergent technologies improves their investigative processes and guarantees safety in the facility. This aligns with their aggressive investigative trends.

Another client was grateful for the advanced reporting systems. The analysis of the reports enables them to enhance their monitoring processes and reduce incidences of contraband in the facility. We continue to receive glowing reviews of the technology solutions from facility staff and the public. We believe our investment record in technology speaks for itself.

Julia Jackson Continuing the Legacy of Jackson Family Wines

The Jackson Family Wines company has a long legacy of buying many vineyards in California, and around the world. The Jackson Family Wines company was started in 1982 by Jess Jackson. It says it in the name: Jackson Family Wines is family centered, and Jackson family members hold positions and work various roles within the company. Since 2010, the daughter of Jess Jackson and his wife Barbara Banke, Julia Jackson began working as the proprietor at Jackson Family Wines. Julia Jackson has become the face of the company as she has become popular among celebrities, but also because she is expanding the family’s company around the world.

Before that, Julia Jackson got her Bachelor’s degree in Arts with an emphasis on Studio Art at Scripps College. In college, Julia also taught French to sixth graders. Julia then attended Stanford Graduate School of Business, receiving her Certificate in General Management. From there, Julia worked alongside her family in the wine business. She always had an interest in wine as she was raised around wine throughout her upbringing, even harvesting grapes with her siblings when it was 100-degrees outside. Julia’s position at the company is to share and encourage an interest in the Jackson Family Wines among wine enthusiasts and upcoming generations of wine drinkers.

Moreover, Julia Jackson has found a deep appreciation in the family’s handmade wine and the many varieties produced. One variety of wine Julia argues is the best in Sonoma, California is Cabernet, which has been chosen nine times as the top-rated wine by wine critic, Robert Parker. One of the newest wines of their collection of over 40 brands is called Liberated with an uplifting message of being free from societal standards and breaking through boundaries.

Likewise, this message corresponds with the non-profit organization, Seeds of Empowerment in Cambria that Julia works alongside. Seeds of Empowerment aim to inspire women to overcome hardship and boundaries. The organization grants $100,000 every year to women who are nominated as inspirational in their community. Julia is unique in that she paints an original watercolor portrait of the recipients of the grant on the Cambria wine bottle. Julia is continuing the legacy created by her father, by using her own inspirational actions to uplift other women and promote empowerment among women in business. Read more articles at The Atlanta 100.

Achievements of Mike Baur

Mike Baur is a successful entrepreneur and has a lot of experience in the field. Baur is highly passionate about giving the best from his work, and due to his persistence, he has always been successful in most of his ventures. Mike believes that his persistence to achieve his goals has made him achieve the highest levels of his success. Mike started working hard towards his dream career at a young age and due to his persistence he ventured into the Swiss private banking through which he upgraded his ranks to an executive board member. Baur later started his venture at the age of thirty-nine, and this marked a significant development in his career.

 

The Swiss Startup Factory that he formed highly succeeded and turned out to be the leading privately owned financed ICT Startup accelerator in Switzerland. Being the chief executive officer and co-founder of the Swiss factory, Mike has a determination towards giving the best out of his career and works towards benefiting other individuals in the community. He has financed some youth organizations and has a great confidence towards mentoring the young people to pursue their dreams and derive measures to make them come true.

 

Besides, Mike had an extensive educational background and procured two MBA`s from different Universities. He has been in the field of entrepreneurship for quite a long time, and through his vast experience, he has helped to transform the entrepreneurial industry. Mike has a great determination towards bringing a change in the field of banking and through his managerial skills he has worked towards changing the industry. Besides, he uses his skills to help individuals in the industry as well as those determined towards joining the sector to work towards accomplishing their dreams with persistence.

 

Mike Baur believes that every business should strive to derive unique strategies to stand out in the market. He insists that the modern technology will highly change most of the operations in the field of entrepreneurship, and as a result, every business should strive to develop better and advanced tactics to ensure that they are in level with the changes brought about by technology. Due to his vast experience in the field of finance and amendable managerial skills, Mike was selected by his other co-workers to be the president of the company and lead it towards achieving its set goals. He has over the past years put a lot of effort in making the Swiss investment one of the most successful ventures and still plans to develop it in the co ing years.

 

Hussain Sajwani Leads DAMAC Properties To Success

Hussain Sajwani is the proprietor and chairperson of DAMAC Properties. Owing to his sound educational background, the executive has been able to enhance the growth of the real estate company. The graduate of the esteemed University of Washington is a visionary leader. He is one of the revered entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

After graduating from college, Hussain Sajwani joined Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) subsidiary where he worked as a contracts manager. He contends after a while, he left the firm to open his business. He ventured into the food service industry. Through his company, Hussain offered catering services to the United States army in the Gulf, Somalia and Bosnia. In addition, the catering business worked with other firms such as Bechtel.

When Dubai government said that they were welcoming foreigners to invest in their real estate industry, Hussain Sajwani took advantage of the situation to incorporate DAMAC properties. Over the years, DAMAC Properties has gained reputation as one of the leading developers in the Middle East and beyond. Hussain contends that he bought a piece of land where he could develop a 38 story residential building. Six months before commencing operations, he had managed to sell several units. The DAMAC owner posits that the success of the firm is anchored on recruiting qualified and talented employees who identify with the company’s vision. They also work with the right partners.

DAMAC Properties was incorporated in 2002. Over the years, they have developed many commercial, residential and luxury properties in the UAE, Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. By virtue of being in business for 15 years, they have gained immense experience in developing bespoke homes and luxury destinations.

President Trump has been a great friend of Hussain Sajwani family. They have worked together in various businesses, including developing the Trump International Golf Course. In this project, they were able to generate over $2 billion in the sales of luxury villas. Hussain Sajwani contended that he would work closely with Trumps children. This is because President Trump posited that he could not engage in new businesses to avert any potential conflicts of interest.

Hussain is a philanthropist. During Ramadan, Hussain Sajwani donated AED two million towards supporting an initiative seeking to cloth many needy children around the globe.

To learn more, visit http://www.hussainsajwani.com/.

Wining Around The World

Traveling Vineyard was purchased in 2010 by its new president Rick Libby, but it was actually created in 2001. His company has over 5,000 independent workers, 11 to 50 of them are employees who are known as wine guides.

The Traveling Vineyard has based their marketing around home wine selling and tasting parties but their goal is to bring the fun to wine tasting. The idea of the Traveling Vineyard was developed when Rick Libby’s friend mentioned how successful his wife was selling things at parties. Then to increase profits at his current job he tried that idea out on wine and increased profits. Rick Libby used the same idea for his own company. The Traveling Vineyard has different system to help generate leads for parties and they also offer taste testing. They have guides to help pair food with wine and guides that help customers decide which wine suits them better.

The Traveling Vineyard’s business model works basically by recruiting. They find people who love wine and recruit them into the company for a one-time fee. When they pay the fee they gain the success starter kit and after that it’s about $15.95 a month. Some of the benefits they promote for becoming a wine guide are: no sale quota, discount on product, and sell from anywhere, build your own team and a 15 – 35% commission on all sales made. There are even benefits to participating in the Traveling Vineyard. They created incentives to help others succeed in participating. When reaching a certain amount of sales there are prizes, money, and even credit towards the next wine tasting party. When looking on their social media page they show the benefits of being a wine guide and they even show special speakers who are quite famous. There are stories and articles on wine and its benefits. Traveling Vineyard has a successful growing business.

Kim Dao And Sunnydahye Visit A Chosungah Store In Seoul

YouTuber Kim Dao travels to South Korea a lot. Sadly, on one of her latest trips to Seoul, Kim Dao caught nasty cold. Even though Kim was a bit under the weather, she managed to vlog a fun day out with Sunnydahye. She called this vlog “Sick days in Korea | Filming in Chosungah Store | KimDao in KOREA.

 

Kim Dao starts her vlog apologizing for missing a few days of “Vlogmas” this year. She says that she got sick because of all the air pollution in Seoul. Despite her sickness, Kim Dao will still go out with Sunnydahye to a Chosungah makeup store.

 

In the next shot, Kim Dao and Sunny are in a Chosungah makeup shop in Seoul. Kim says that one of the brands that’s been getting rave reviews in Korea is called 16. She can’t wait to try out this company’s 16 makeup line for herself. Another brand Kim shows her viewers is called 22. Learn more: https://www.depop.com/kimdaoblog

 

A few moments later Kim Dao tries on the company’s makeup brand. She says all of the company’s products were super easy to use and look great on her face. After a brief meeting, Chosungah staff members give Kim Dao and Sunny some tea and free makeup samples.

 

Next, Kim Dao and Sunny grab a late lunch at a nearby kimchi restaurant. The meal looks both scrumptious and filling. Learn more: http://www.kimdaoblog.com/

 

At the end of the video, Kim Dao has a late dinner with Sunny and Grace (aka GRACE_official). They eat bowls of pasta and a few greasy pieces of fried chicken.

 

George Soros Re-Enters Political Life

George Soros, the philanthropist, hedge fund manager, Hungarian immigrant/war survivor and multi-billionaire, is back in the political arena, according to Politico. Soros, who is said to be worth $24.9 billion, stepped back from political activity during the Obama years, after making a multi-million dollar contribution in 2004 to groups fighting the re-election of then-president George W. Bush.

Stepping Back Into the Game

After this lengthy break, George Soros came back into the political arena in July of 2016 with a major contribution to backers of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Soros was said to be motivated by not only his long relationship with Clinton (who he firmly believed would be elected president), but also by his distrust of Trump. According to Politico, Soros has been quoted as saying that Trump’s bigoted campaign is actually “doing the work of ISIS.” It was rumored that Soros was planning on attending the democratic convention last summer (for the very first time), but he ultimately wasn’t able to attend. Despite this, there’s no doubt that Soros was deeply invested in the outcome of the campaign. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.

A Game-Changing Political Upset

With Trump’s upset victory over Clinton, political watchers are now waiting to see how much or how long Soros’ political involvement with last. Though he’s now 85, Soros has always shown an amazing ability to surprise those who might underestimate him. Soros’ entry into the political arena is also of interest to those involved in left-leaning political activity, as Soros has long had the ability to work as a catalyst for other large political donors.

Though Soros’ success as a financier and currency trader is indeed one-of-a-kind, there’s no doubt his life as an immigrant and war survivor also fuel his political passions. It will be interesting to note how much more engagement we can expect from the always unpredictable George Soros. Know more on cnbc.com about George Soros.

Securus Technologies Awards and Ratings

The 11th annual Gold Stevie Award in Sales and Customer Service went to Securus Technologies. The award was in the category for Customer Service in the Best Customer Service Training Department for the company that provides criminal, public safety and civil justice technology.

 

This award is the highest honor for businesses for customer service and sales professionals. Senior Vice President of Operations Danny de Hoyos said receiving the award was terrific being recognized for customer service. Mr. Hoyos said the team was recognized compassion for the customer’s situation makes it key to improve the customer experience. He said they focused on the customer’s needs and he was happy to see the customer satisfaction.

 

Founder and president of the Stevie Awards Sales and Customer Service Michael Gallagher said this exemplifies the significance of sales, customer service in today’s businesses.

 

The main headquartered of Securus Technologies is in Dallas, Texas and they have another office Atlanta, Georgia to serve the agencies and inmates that depend on the company’s services. The company is one of the largest providers of government information management solutions and parole tracking. Securus Technologies was founded in 1986 and employs about 1,000 people. The company invested over $600 million in technology in 2016 and patents over a three year period. They have introduced systems to control contraband cell phones and partnered with Harris Corporation for Cell Defender technology.

 

They serve approximately 2,600 correctional facilities in 45 states, along with the District of Columbia, Mexico, and Canada where they provide services for over 1,000,000 inmates. The company serves over 3,450 law enforcement, public safety, and corrections agencies. They also serve more than 1,200,000 inmates in the United States. The Securus Technologies Company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the company worked with the BBB to receive formal accreditation.