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Seeing It Through: Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin has been in business for quite a while now. When his career started he was an investment banker. In the early seventies that quickly changed when fast food conglomerate McDonald’s asked Lavin to help Otto and Sons with their meat packing and distribution. Once Sheldon Lavin took the job he was hooked. He quickly found his niche and was not only able to help McDonald’s go global but he also took the OSI Group to the next level as well. After more than forty years the accolades are starting to come in for him and it is well deserved.

At first when McDonald’s approached Sheldon Lavin to take on the job he wasn’t quite sure if it would work. After the company became OSI Group in 1975 he was convinced he could do the job and do it well. He has been at the helm of OSI Group and makes sure that everything in the company runs smoothly. He is actively involved in the day to day affairs of OSI Group and makes sure that the highest standards are met. He also uses cutting-edge technology to help the company stay ahead in the field of meat packing and transport.

Sheldon Lavin has grown with the company over the years helped OSI Group stay at the forefront in its respective fields. One of the biggest changes that he and OSI saw over that time was the invention of using liquid nitrogen cryogenic freezing. In the early seventies, it helped OSI take the leap into the big leagues and helped make McDonald’s a worldwide sensation. The technology was able to keep foods frozen no matter where the food was being transported to. This is thanks in part to Lavin and his team that made the transition possible.

These are just a couple of the things that make the name of Sheldon Lavin so well known in the meatpacking and processing communities. He was able to not only help put the name McDonald’s on the world stage but his own as well. For a man like him, that is saying something.

Southridge Capital: service provider to public companies with a heart of philanthropy

Southridge Capital provides both advisory services as well as structured finance services to public corporations. It has the sole purpose of assisting all of its clients, however diverse they are, in achieving their needs and wants. This is accomplished by providing a full scope of all matters related to the innovative solutions to the financial problems.


The company has its core executive team comprised of individuals with expertise and a vast understanding of the business market. This entails curating as well as executing and finalizing financial plans on behalf of their clients. It has provided finance to more than two hundred and fifty publicly owned companies with 1.8 billion dollars.


The company offers a varied form of services to its clients. One kind of service entails Financial Analysis; Southridge Capital designs articulated financial statements which relate to both financial as well as operational prospects. The second service involves the Balance Sheet Optimization; the company assists its clients to maintain a balancing debit as well as have access to strategies that can output the needed results. The third entails services dealing in mergers as well as acquisitions; here the company access the merging institutions and set up a working portfolio. Other services entail Bankruptcy matters, Legal Settlement services as well as offering restructuring analysis services.


The structured finance strategy of the provided services by the company is based on three main aspects: Securitization, Financing solutions, and Credit Enhancing. The management board is composed of five people headed by Stephen M. Hicks who is the Chief Executive Officer and is also the founding founder of the company.


The company also does community work and social duties evident in the philanthropic work it does. The company works for hand in hand with the Daystar Foundation in supporting and funding various charitable organizations. The Daystar Foundation was started by Stephen and his better half Mary Hicks. The charity foundations include the LounsBury House as well as the Ridgefield Community Center among others.  You can visit their facebook and twitter account for more info.


Southridge has its headquarters based in Ridgefield, Connecticut. It is a private equity institution with a total of 50 employed personnel employed in the company’s roster. The company was launched and commenced business in over twenty years ago in 1996.

Helane Morrison/Serving up Justice.

Helane Morrison serves as general counsel and chief compliance officer at Hall Capital Partners LLC. She has held this position since 2007. Formerly holding the position of regional director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Morrison is also a business woman and lawyer. Helene Morrison received a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and later obtained her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. While in attendance Morrison served as editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. She earned her Juris Doctor in 1984 and in 1987 was accepted to the State Bar of California.


Helane Morrison‘s professional career began in 1984 when she served as law clerk for Richard A. Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. A year later in 1985 she served as law clerk for Harry Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. Morrison was named partner in 1991 after joining the law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in 1986. Helane Morrison served as head of regional enforcement activities for the San Francisco District Office after joining the SEC in 1996. She was one of the few women at SEC and during that time Morrison supervised numerous investigations, three leading to enforcement against Republic Securities of New York, Dean Witter and auditors of California Micro Devices.


In 1999 Morrison’s responsibilities included overseeing the enforcement and examination programs when she was promoted to district administrator and shortly after regional director. The areas that Morrison was responsible for included examination programs under the office’s juristiction, Northern California, Oregon, Montana, Alaska, Idaho, Northern Nevada and Washington. Helane Morrison joined a private investment firm in 2007 called Hall Capital Partners LLC, serving as general counsel and chief compliance officer. Morrison is also a member of the executive committee and is managing director.


The Predictions and Questionable Business Decisions of Kyle Bass


Kyle Bass, founder and ICO of Hayman Capital Management, got rich off of predicting the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis in the United States. In 2016, Bass has made another bold prediction that he is wagering on: a currency devaluation in China. Bass blames China’s lending binges for causing a bubble, and he expects a three trillion dollar loss when that bubble bursts. Bass then stated that with this burst “We’re starting to see the beginning of the Chinese machine literally breaking down.” Kyle Bass had a discussion with Grant Williams, author and co-founder of Real Vision TV, over this very topic. Besides from discussing China, Bass also talked about investing in gold.

UsefulStooges reports that Kyle Bass’s prediction back in 2008 about the subprime mortgage crisis is likely the only reason why his prediction about China’s devaluation of currency is even being discussed in the media. After his prediction in 2008 proved to be correct, he was hailed as some sort of genius, but in the later years it was realized that the term “genius” was a bit too generous of a description for Kyle Bass. Some look at Bass a greedy crook who is willing to do just about anything for a dollar. One of his most questionable business decisions was with Erich Spangenberg, a business partner, when they tried to short-sell the stocks of certain pharmaceutical companies and then challenge the patents of those companies.

They did this with the hope that once the patents went under review, stock prices would go down, prices would go up, and the two would profit off the sufferings of the people who needed the pharmaceuticals to deal with their illnesses and suffering. Their plan, which was simple and at the same time evil, did not work because the Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied Bass’s two patent challenges. Some say that Bass’s shady deals stem from losses from his hedge fund, which was reported to have lost 30% back in 2014.