The CEO and founder of Milan Farms, Milan Kordestani, is an accomplished equestrian, writer and currently just a college student. He started his passion of riding horses at just 10 years old and went on to start Milan Farms as a sophomore in high school. He graduated from high school in 2017. He is also a journalist for the Huffington Post. He currently attends college in the San Fransisco Bay Region of California.
Milan Kordestani is known for competing in the Worlds Championship and winning the first leg of the triple crown in 2015. While he’s made a name for himself as an equestrian, that didn’t stop him from success in other areas of his young life.
Milan Kordestani writes for the Huffington Post in the areas of agriculture, mental health and politics. This is a great feat for a college student.
Being at founder and CEO of a farming business is no easy job, but Milan Kordestani did it in high school. His one farm turned into three quickly. His Farms produce eggs, saffron, mint and raise poultry. He is dedicated to respecting traditions and introducing new techniques into raising the saffron he produces for the world. He also donates money from his egg sales to help save the world’s forests. Kordestani works hard to keep his processes and farms transparent to the consumer, so they know what they are buying and how it is grown. His farms work to grow herbs hydroponically, they test aquaponic systems and use drip irrigation practices. He is always trying to finetune the organic process.
Milan Kordestani is accomplished as an equestrian, journalist and CEO. His work in agriculture is something to watch, for others who want to grow items organically and consumers who like transparency in what they purchase.
Sheldon Lavin is the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group. OSI Group is a leading food provider in the international scene and is an umbrella company consisting of OSI International Foods, LLC and OSI Industries, LLC. It operates in 17 countries and has over 65 facilities. Sheldon Lavin is the man behind the great success of OSI Group, where he also serves as the President of OSI International Foods.
His education background is in the accounting and finance field hence he was able to run a financial consulting company. Lavin then joined OSI, then known as Otto & Sons, in the 1970s as an investment consultant before becoming a partner in 1975. In the early 1980s, he bought a 50% controlling interest and later obtained 100% control when the last partner retired over 13 years ago.
Since taking over the company, the sky has become the limit for OSI Group. Sheldon Lavin has driven the company’s growth and expansion to global heights through joint ventures and acquisitions in various countries and continents. Sheldon has also added the company’s product portfolio from being a meat supplier to additional products like fresh foods and poultry products. The most popular business moves have been Amick Farms’ purchase to increase its poultry operations, Baho Foods acquisition to expand services to Germany and Netherlands, and the purchase of Flagship Europe rebranded in 2018 as Creative Europe.
Sheldon’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed, and OSI has received many awards for its efforts in managing the environment and health as well as observing safety. One such award is the 2016 Globe of Honor award by the British Safety Council which appreciated OSI for venturing international markets and creating many employment opportunities. Lavin also received the Global Visionary Award which recognizes those who are persistent and persevere to turn dreams into reality, and the Lifetime Achievement Award to applaud his dedication to service and the business community in Chicago. Apart from awards, Sheldon Lavin holds prestigious positions including being the Director and President of Sheba Foundation, Trustee for Ronald McDonald House Charities and Goodman Theater board member.
Besides being a shrewd businessman, Sheldon Lavin gives back to the society through his active charity work participation. The most notable charities include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Inner City Foundation of Chicago, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and many more philanthropic endeavors.
Wesley Robert Edens, alias Wes Edens is a financialist who has experienced massive success in his career including being a billionaire at a tender age. The genesis of his career was at California Savings and Loan before moving to Lehman Brothers in 1987, where he served as managing director and partner until he moved on in 1993 to join Blackrock. Here he was named partner besides serving as the Director of its child company, Blackrock Financial Management. Peers of Wes Edens describe him as a motivated professional who was goal oriented and had a soft spot for sports and outdoor activities. It, therefore, was no surprise that he would later purchase a basketball team, Milwaukee Bucks that plays in the NBA league. Wes Edens would later leave Blackrock for UBS, where he served as an executive managing director. Edens had gained enough experience working in high profile institutions, and he would partner with Robert Kauffman and Randal Nardone to establish Fortress Investment Group.
Fortress Investment Group is the company that Wes Edens is best credited for its success. Fortress Investment is a leading international investment manager with assets to the tune of $40 billion under their portfolios. The company is credited for coming up with creative ways to turn bad debts, risk and non-performing assets, into profitable investment portfolios. Under his leadership and his partners, they would list the company at the NYSE, making Fortress the first private equity company to go public. Consequently, he would become billionaires in the company’s IPO. According to Forbes magazine, Wes is ranked #962 in the list of the wealthiest people on the planet, with a net worth of $1.2 billion. Under the excellent leadership of Wes Edens and his equally able partners, Fortress would thrive and receive international accolades, resulting to its purchase by a Japanese firm, Softbank in the year 2017, a move that Wes praises saying that it was mutually beneficial. Today Fortress operates independently under Softbank and he continues to serve as the chairman of the board and staff administrative manager.
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Robert Edens is involved in philanthropic initiatives and he mostly donates money towards health, art, and educational causes. He is fully committed to several charities including, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, Cardiac Wellness & Rehabilitation Centre, the Quincy Jones Listen up Foundation and many more noble foundations. He is also an avid outdoor lover and has climbed a number of mountains among them Pingora Peak in Wyoming and Matterhorn in Switzerland.
RANDAL NARDONE, CO-F0UNDER FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP
Randal Nardone is an entrepreneur and a visionary leader known mostly for his efforts in the business world. He is currently listed as the five hundred and fifty-seventh richest person in the world by Forbes magazine. He was a student at the school of law at Boston University. After graduating with Doctor of Jurisprudence, Randal Nardone settled for a career at Thacher Proffitt and Wood law firm. During his stint there he was a partner and part of the executive committee. Nardone also holds a degree in English and Biology both from the University of Connecticut. Feeling that he had insights in the business world, he specialized in that area. Randal Nardone had a stint at BlackRock Financial as a principal.
Later, Randal Nardone took up a post at UBS as managing director. This was between May 1997 and May 1998. In 1998, together with Wesley Edens and Rob Kauffman, they co-founded Fortress Investment Group. The group had previously worked together in previous companies, BlackRock and UBS.Since the conception of Fortress Investment Group, Randal had been serving as a member of the management committee from 1998. Fortress Investment Group grew rapidly, and in 2007 it was listed on the New York Stock Exchange becoming the biggest private company to be traded publicly at the time. This proved that Randal Nardone and his partners had been executing their business plan well. In November 2006, Mr. Nardone became a member of the board of directors.
As of March 31, 2018, Fortress Investment Group was boasting of 40.9 billion in assets. At the moment Randal has been the acting CEO since December 2011 of Fortress Investment Group, providing expertise in structured finance and legal framework matters. Employees have known Randal as a man who gives opportunities to those who deserve it. Randal acts as a mentor and an example to those that work in the company. On acquisition of Fortress Investment Group by Softbank, Randal thought it was a good move. He said that this would enable an environment that would result in investments with returns. Softbank’s purchase of the Fortress Investment was influenced by proper management, leadership and a decent track record of the firm. Mr. Nardone also noted that the acquisition would increase the firm’s credit in public markets.He is also a director in a good number of firms, including Eurocastle investment, Springleaf Finance Inc, Brookdale Senior Living Inc and others.
The clock is ticking as the 2018 midterm election season approaches and End Citizens United is ready to take action.
This November’s election is drawing much attention as government leaders and American citizens grow increasingly unhappy with current political leaders. Many political experts believe that this midterm election has the possibility to drastically change the landscape of the country. Political Action Committee (PAC) End Citizens United is already working hard to support candidates with a proven history of rejecting big-donor money and for supporting measures that will stop illegal campaign finance activities. Formed in 2015 in an effort to combat the landmark Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission (FEC), End Citizens United is committed to overturning that Supreme Court decision while pushing its platform of campaign finance reform.
The PAC has already released a list of officially endorsed candidates. Many of these candidates are in the hunt to upset Republican incumbents, leading to high stakes in the political arena. A few of the candidates that End Citizens United has put their support behind include:
BETO O’ROURKE: Representing Texas’ 16 Congressional District, Beto O’Rourke has proven himself as a loyal supporter of campaign finance reform as one of just six House representative to turn away PAC contributions over his six years in office. O’Rourke has an uphill battle this November, going up against incumbent Senator Ted Cruz.
Randy Bryce Although still a tough road to hoe, the path to a spot as Representative of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District was made a little easier for Randy Bryce when the longtime representative, Paul Ryan, announced that he was retiring so that he can spend more time with his young family. Bryce’s campaign is off to a good start, with campaign contributions that outpaced Ryan’s during the first three months of 2018.
JACKY ROSEN: Like O’Rourke, Rosen is looking to upset a venerable United States Senator. As the current representative for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, Rosen has extensive experience in high-level politics. Rosen is now setting her sights even higher, looking to upset incumbent Senator Dean Heller, a politician with an extensive and disturbing history of being influenced by various special interest groups.
There are just a few of the candidates that End Citizens United is recommending that its supporters get behind as the nation closes in on what could be a monumental and momentum-shifting election.