David McDonald: A Business Leader of Distinction

David McDonald is the COO and president of OSI Group, LLC. Based in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group is a worldwide leader in the food supplying industry. They provide value-added meat and other food products, including beef patties, sausage links, pizza, sandwiches, and more. They do this to retail brands and food service outlets globally. Also, they operate in 17 (and counting) countries with over 50 facilities.

McDonald is also the chairman of the North American Meat Institute. He is an OSI Group board of directors member, and he is the director of the OSI International Foods Pty Limited in Australia. He earned a degree from Iowa State University in animal science.

His Past Positions

At OSI Industries, McDonald had a previous position as a project manager. And from December 2008 after the acquisition of the OSI Group operations in Brazil and Europe by Marfrig Frigoríficos e Comércio de Alimentos until June 2017, he was the independent director.

Article with Fooddrink-magazine.com

A few years ago, McDonald did an article with fooddrink-magazine.com. In mentioning key factors that make an organization successful, he said the following: His company is very well positioned because they have a global network consisting of plants and organizations worldwide. Also, China has been a real focus for various reasons. For one, it continually is the biggest growing consumer market globally. Secondly, this market is growing more affluently.Another key factor for his company’s continual growth is the announcement of their new plant in Geneva, Illinois the previous year. This new plant produces private and brand labeled frozen entrees. They also recently added a large cold storage area and a high capacity production line to their OSI Food Solutions Hungary division in Bábolna. As a result, the production capacity has more than tripled in processing quality chicken products. OSI Group also routinely engages food quality and safety processes with equipment manufacturers, such as x-ray equipment built into machines to detect foreign particles. Additionally, they participate more actively with their agriculture suppliers to monitor the status of the growth of their products.In addition to product development, McDonald stated that providing more to their customers is vital. So, they partner with clients and suppliers to determine what products need to grow their business. And with the changing trends of customers becoming more sophisticated and demanding with food choices, including organic and natural, healthy yet tasty, and affordable versus premium, the partnering process is even more necessary to deliver what consumers want.

Fabletics: The Trendiness of Fast Fashion Mixed With the Durability of Department Stores

Fast fashion has long been the most successful part of the fashion industry. However, it is starting to slow down because there is another change in outlook coming in the market. This is a time when one of two things can happen. A brand can figure out the next trend in business and fashion and try to catch it as it is starting, or the company can actually influence the trends and bring something new to the customers. Fabletics is doing a combination of both. Kate Hudson, Don Ressler and the other members of the Fabletics team are looking carefully at where business and fashion is going.

 

One thing that people will notice about Fabletics is that it is trendy, especially given that the products being sold are active wear. People are finding plenty of products from Fabletics that they are not finding from other stores. Given that Fabletics is one of the only stores that are offering such trendy active wear for low prices, it is only natural that people are going to do everything they can to take advantage of this promotion. Among the things women will notice about the clothing offered to them is that they are designed to look good on different body types.

 

Another thing they will notice is that the clothes are more durable from Fabletics than any fast fashion retailer. One thing that is so frustrating about fast fashion is that the clothes are pretty much built to last one season. Given that some fast fashion stores like H&M have more than the usual amount of seasons, this would mean the clothes bought are not going to last at all unless they are hand washed. Fabletics clothing has the durability of clothes that are sold at high end department stores.

 

Fabletics is a dream come true for many people who are truly interested in updating their wardrobe with really interesting items. Fabletics is available for people to order from online. It is also expanding to different physical markets so that people will be able to access it like a traditional clothing retailer if they want.

Betsy DeVos

Though perhaps many missed it at the time amidst the avalanche of dramatic and negative news pertaining to the still young Trump administration, one of the president’s first actions as chief-executive was to effectively turn back the clock on minority rights by rescinding an Obama-era rule that enshrined liberal restroom access guidelines for people who identify as transgender.

Before the White House announced this decision back in February, Betsy DeVos -– the embattled education secretary who was then not far removed from a bruising and embarrassing confirmation hearing and was still trying to gain a foothold in the hot-house environment of Washington -– took it upon herself to be physically present inside a room in the Education Department while her aide explained to a transgender rights employee what the whole world would learn about a few hours later.

In public, Betsy DeVos did not hint at any internal rifts regarding this decision, but as reports had speculated at the time, it turned out there indeed had been a small battle of wills inside the administration, primarily between attorney general Jeff Sessions –- a Washington insider’s insider with decades of experience and an influential voice in Trump’s ear for some time -– and Ms. DeVos. Though she spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference the next day and seemed to support her boss’ directive affecting federally funded schools, the fact is that Ms. DeVos went to bat for not only her own transgender employees at her department, but for transgender people and minorities all across the nation.

Though in this case she failed and suffered an early setback, critics and allies alike share the same view that Ms. DeVos is a political fighter, should not ever be counted out, has firm and deeply held convictions and has the ability to forge positive alliances to further her goals born of these convictions.

Trump’s February decision — which inserted yet another matter of national contention into the already heated debate regarding federal school policy -– although proving a hefty and multifaceted setback, if anything caused Ms. DeVos to renew her resolve and redouble her efforts.

A lifelong passion and priority of Ms. DeVos’ has been the issue, as she and other reform advocates call it, of school choice. In her capitalistic viewpoint, the nation’s public school systems represent a monopoly and these situations aren’t given to reform or innovation if things aren’t working optimally. Monopolies are biased towards the status quo, and this concerns Ms. DeVos because, objectively, the nation’s public schools –- even the better-performing ones –- simply aren’t performing as well as they should.

In Ms. DeVos’ dream scenario -– which goes further than even some leading advocates for school choice and which downright scares some liberals considering she’s currently the leader of the Department of Education — funding for charter schools and school vouchers would be about on a par with funding for public schools. She has also in the past resisted calls for more oversight and regulation of charter schools and most controversially seems to have no qualms with charter schools being run by for-profit organizations. Learn more: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/a-tale-of-two-betsy-devoses/518952/