Born in Fribourg Switzerland, Mike’s fascination in the subject of banking and finance began when he was a teenager. In 1991, he began as a commercial apprentice at the Union Bank of Switzerland at the age of 16. Here he worked his way up to become an executive board member of the Great Swiss Private Bank. Mike continued to work for UBS throughout the 1990s where he provided advice to wealthy Swiss investors. Despite the overwhelming success, Baur quit working at UBS and joined ClaridenLeu Bank where he held a high-ranking position for six years. Though he received a generous compensation, the banking environment seemed less appealing to him. At that time, bankers had to devote lots of time to work, but Baur wanted to focus on his new passion- mentoring young tech entrepreneurs. At the age of 39, Mike quit the lucrative career to begin his entrepreneurial journey and with the help of two partners, Olivier Walzer and Max Meister, they founded the Swiss Start up Factory. Today he is a Swiss entrepreneur, businessman, and the co-founder of the startup company. Baur has an MBA from the University of Rochester New York and an executive MBA from the University of Bern. Mike was named the deputy managing director of CTI Invest after Swiss Startup Factory merged with CTI. He spends lots of time mentoring the Swiss youth and supporting many Swiss startups financially. For example, he participated as a jury member at a start-up pitching contest held at the University of Gallen-START Summiteer.
About the Swiss Startup Factory
Launched in 2014, Swiss Startup Factory is a Zurich-based Accelerator looking to support thriving digital entrepreneurs. It is the first independent and privately funded ICT Startup in Switzerland. The program boasts an extensive entrepreneurial network that provides a unique platform for services like coaching, financing, and mentoring. The startups benefit from access to rent-free offices in Switzerland’s biggest city. Each enterprise receives three months’ worth of assistance where the young entrepreneurs learn how to market products and services and network with others. The educational process also helps them learn how to obtain finances from potential investors, thus increasing the likelihood of long-term success. Swiss Startup Factory encourages them to join pitching contests. The START Summiteer competition, for example, enables founders of thirty new initiatives to pitch their products, business plans, and models. A group of experienced financiers evaluates the startups, rates them, and decides the winner. The most promising companies may attract funding from potential investors.
Sheldon Lavin is in his 80s, but he loves the work he does at OSI Group so much that he’s not wanted to retire yet. He took over OSI Group as CEO nearly 40 years ago and throughout those years has helped it build a great reputation in the meat industry. OSI Group benefitted from Lavin’s investment skills and new ideas that he brought to the company, and in recognition of those great ideas Global Vision Academy gave him the Global Visionary Award in 2016. He also was interviewed by Interview.net.
Lavin told Interview.net that he loved his time as a financial consultant because he was able to go into business for himself instead for the top managers on Wall Street. He said he went to OSI because he believed he could do big things with the company and set out to make those big things happen. Sheldon Lavin also emphasized in the interview that family is the model for his business, and he doesn’t simply believe in running things from the top down at OSI Group. Lavin also believes in the foundations that OSI Group supports and says the company would not be what it is without supporting the community.
Sheldon Lavin began his professional career working for several big banks before becoming an independent consultant and eventually joining OSI Group. The company was known as Otto & Sons back then and had been previously owned by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant who had entered meat wholesale and turned a butcher shop into a larger meat market business. When Lavin joined in the 1970s, the company started building larger meat processing plants and investing in bigger infrastructure. Lavin only intended to serve as a part time financial advisor, but the Kolschowsky sons soon had him considering the importance of the company.
In the 1980s Lavin was appointed CEO and soon was sold the remaining shares of the company upon the Kolschowsky sons’ retirements. He endeavored to strengthen the relations between Otto & Sons and their key partner McDonalds, so he began opening more facilities overseas. Today OSI Group owns over 50 facilities in 17 different countries and has been listed at #10 among the world’s most profitable meat companies. During his time as CEO, Lavin has also been on the boards of Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, the Chicago Inner City Foundation, Jewish United Fund and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
New Brunswick may not be the first place that most people think of when they think of a rebirth in the way that things are done and the options that people have in new areas where they are trying to do business. For Omar Boraie, though, it is a town that has grown to amazing new levels and is somewhere that people will continue to be able to do more with the options that they have. The things that Omar Boraie has done with his company and with the development of the opportunities in New Brunswick is something that has made things much better for the people who live there.
The first project that Boraie Development worked on that was a major change from what New Brunswick was used to was Spring Street. This is an office building that features many luxury options. The offices that are in the building are created for big people who want to have their big businesses in different areas. It is also for businesses who want access to the best new groups of workers who have recently joined the workforce — the millennials who are hard workers and very innovative with the things that they do. Click here to know more.
Once Spring Street was created, it sold out in less than three months. The people who had doubted the idea behind Boraie Development were eating their words because Omar Boraie had done more in a less than a quarter of a year than what people had done for the town in a quarter of a century. It allowed people to see the way that things could change and the options that they would have to make things better for themselves when they were in different situations. It was also something that made things better for the town.
Omar has now begun to include his children in the business. He is currently training them in how to create the best developments and to find the greatest opportunities possible. This is something that he is confident in and something that he wants his children to also be confident in. There are many different things that people can do while they are using Boraie Development and Omar wants his children to be fully aware of all of the options that are available to them. He hopes to promote different opportunities and give them the chance to be able to do more with their lives.
The latest development that he has created is The Aspire. While it is similar to Spring Street, it is even more luxurious. It is very modern and has a lot of different options for the people who are taking advantage of the space. It is also something that people are able to get the most out of because of the way that they do things. With both Spring Street and The Aspire, people can learn more about the options that they have so that they will be able to do more with the locations that they are in.