Igor Cornelsen is a native of Curitiba, Brazil that was born on October 4, 1947. In 1965, at the age of 18, Cornelsen was accepted to the Federal University of Parana School of Engineering. This was an expressive feat as the engineering school was the only one of its kind in the states of Santa Catarina and Parana which caused the admissions process to become quite competitive. After spending two years at the Federal University, Cornelsen decided to change directions and study economics at the same university.
Igor Cornelsen graduated in 1970 and went on to work as an investment banker. This was a common practice for individuals with engineering backgrounds at the time due to the unique ability many of these individuals have to make calculations. This ability was extremely useful in the industry at a time when computers and calculators were not used as much as they are today.
Cornelsen was able to quickly make a name for in the business due to his stellar performance and earned a special opportunity to work in Rio. Cornelsen would prove to be the star of his class and would go on to be promoted in 1974 to the Multibanco’s board of directors. Two years later Cornelsen would become the company’s chief executive officer.
Multibanco was purchased by Bank of America in 1978 and Cornelsen would go on to pursue opportunities elsewhere. The first opportunity Cornelsen opted for after his time with Multibanco was a position with Unibanco which was a top investment firm in the country of Brazil. Cornelsen would remain with Unibanco until 1985 when he moved onto Libra Bank PLC which was under the London Merchant Bank umbrella.
This was a major development in Cornelsen’s life as it would be the first time that the salary he earned would be paid to him in U.S. dollars. The next step in the career of Mr. Cornelsen was as a member of the board of directors at Standard Chartered Merchant Bank.
In 1995, Igor Cornelsen became the founder of his own investment firm to provide services that he had previously provided while working for London Merchant Banks. Cornelsen presently takes part in the day to day operations of the investment firm he created.
It is very seldom to come by a company that is able to grow their brand and keep their humble morals that got them first started. It is very seldom for a company to have over a century of progress. OSI Group is the fundamental example of what any company can amount to. They have come a long way since their founding one hundred years ago. But they still manage to create a very popular product with great quality. Keeping the quality and consistency in their products has caused this company to become a leading brand.
OSI Group got its start as a small butcher shop. The butcher shop was a family ran business. During the early 1900s, many immigrants were flooding to the United States. An immigrant landed in Chicago, Illinois. He was determined and destined to making an honest living in his new country. The butcher shop became a success. Many people traveled from far over to buy his meats.
Throughout the mid 1900s, the family business got handed down to the next generation. This generation had an even greater vision for what they wanted their small family business to become. When McDonald’s needed a meat supplier, to supply their newly built midwestern franchises, they knew they had to try out this meat market. Once this family business began creating the classic McDonald hamburgers, the family ran business was birthed into OSI Group.
OSI Group is now in over one dozen countries with about five dozen facilities. Twenty thousand people are employed by the meat supplier. The company only has plans of future growth. The company has been able to maintain its longevity because the company knows the importance of keeping their customers happy. Their customers consist of chain restaurants, small businesses, retail brands and other needing to supply food. They keep their customers happy with creating products that are tasty and produced with the best ingredients. The company has expanded from being solely a meat producer to offering their customers healthy non-meat options.
Although this brand has accomplished many things, their future is very bright. The meat empire will be spending the next few years making sure they are a sustainable company. They want their company owned facilities to have no harmful effects on the environment. They want their customers to know they take full responsibility for their actions. OSI Group will be the leading sustainable food company.
Charlamagne Tha God on Fighting His Fears and Past Mistakes through Therapy
The HBCU 468 podcast has over the years provided listeners with the best interviews and insights about life. Charlamagne Tha God graced the show to discuss his second book, Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me. He was hosted by Bill Rhoden who was eager to share the insights from the book with his listeners. As per the conversation between Bill and Charlamagne, the book highlights a vulnerable side of the writer. Charlamagne discusses his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. He also expounds more as to why he opted to go for therapy despite his personality and confrontational rhetoric depicted in The Breakfast Club show that he hosts together with DJ Envy and Angela Yee.
Charlamagne Tha God said that the book’s title is a tribute to the Mobb Deep’s song “Shook Ones.” he went on and expounded on how the song influenced his decision to pick it has his book title. Charlamagne Tha God made it clear that the song touches on the character of being shaken, or soft. On his side, he is just a shuddered person as a lot of things he did he thought he was fearless but deep down he realized that most of these things he did he was just afraid. He said the fears he had were from events that have transpired in his life like being involved in fights, racially abused and being attacked. The other part of the book title, Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me, is a shoutout to the song “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” by the Geto Boys.
One extract from the book that Bill Rhoden and Charlamagne discussed is a chapter named “Blackanoid.” Charlamagne Tha God expounded on the title of the chapter and said is a term he came up with to mean being Black American and paranoid. He went on to attest that there is a lot of anxiety that comes with such as a state. Charlamagne said that at 39 years, he did not have any limitations but to opt for therapy and it helped him reconcile with his past and fears. Through the therapy, he got the courage to try and grow from his past blunders. Charlamagne went on and talked about the #MeToo movement that emphasis on good relationships between men and women. He concluded the talk by saying that Americans need to care about each other whether black or white and regardless of one’s ethnic background.
From a small travel agency founded in 1972 in São Paulo, CVC is today one of the biggest tourism networks in Brazil. The success of the venture is due to the deep experience and impressive business skills of Guilherme Paulus, who founded the company at the age of 24 and managed to turn it into an empire along the years, making it Latin America’s largest travel operator. View Guilherme Paulus profile at Forbes
Guilherme Paulus, born in 1949, founded CVC alongside Carlos Vicente Cerchiari, who later quit, leaving Paulus as the key figure responsible for the growth of the small company. His ability to innovate helped him build the a wide portfolio of products that are now available on the market, products that are more complex than the usual travel packages. In 2009, part of the company was sold to Carlyle Group, which helped CVC reach a new level business-wise. Going public and opening its capital on the stock exchange proved to be fruitful, as the company is constantly expanding and growing its annual revenue.
Despite its massive success, CVC is not the only business venture of Guilherme Paulus. In 2006 he bought the airline Webjet which he turned into the third biggest airline in Brazil, operating in over 20 cities throughout the country, before selling it to the company Gol. Paulus is also founder of GJP Hotels & Resorts, a network which he founded in 2005 and that is currently considered to be one of the largest hotel chains in Brazil. Despite it starting with only one establishment, the company now owns 14 hotels and resorts throughout the country, and has plans to include new units and continue expanding.
Due to his success in the tourism sector, Guilherme Paulus won many awards throughout the years, such as Entrepreneur of the Year or Personality of the Year, from different publications. He has a net worth of $1.1 billion, being currently listed on Forbes billionaires list. He has also been honored by international governments, in 2012 receiving an honor from the French Government, and received recognitions for his services to tourism from countries such as Mexico, Venezuela and the United States.