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She became quite successful at such a young age so Smita Shah recently went on the radio to discuss how she managed to do so well for herself when she only was 24. She started out in math class in high school where she realized she was in the minority in terms of both gender and ethnicity which motivated her to become all the more successful when she grew up. As a college student, she found herself excelling in academics at Northwestern University and gradually rising to the top tier of her class. During this time, she discovered her love for civil engineering and decided to make it her major. After she had successfully obtained her bachelor of science degree, she relocated to Massachusetts to enroll in grad school at MIT. 

While she was in grad school, the opportunity to intern at the office of the white house chief of staff arose and she decided to take it. Once she had successfully completed her master’s program, she decided to take a job offer she received from a company called SOM. She served as their structural engineer for nearly a year before she decided she was ready to become the founder and CEO of her own business. As such, 1998 saw the birth of Spaan Tech, a company dedicated to connecting the world by constructing bridges, railroads, and highways. They also create the lighting for airport runways, lampposts and various other machinations throughout the nation. 

When she first started the business, she had no idea it was going to be a huge success but she knew that, even if she ended up failing, she could always fall back on the other companies out there. While she was initially reticent to embrace the full potential of the company, she later realized the necessity of keeping the company above water, especially due to the significant amount of employees at the office. Over the years, she has come to notice the distinct lack of females throughout the fields of math and science which is why she’s consistently encouraging women to be helpful and supportive of each other to help them get ahead in their respective fields. It hasn’t always been easy for her either as the head of her own business. Learn more: https://cee.mit.edu/tag/smita-shah/

She finds that some of the people who come through the front doors have often mistaken her for a level-entry worker as opposed to the head honcho but she has said that she does not let this type of misunderstanding bother her. Her daughter seems to be a bit more extroverted than her brother but she was never one to play favorites when it comes to her family or friends. Although she does think there is still a ways to go, she was proud to find out that the female student population at her alma mater is now up to 47%. They have now been in business for over two decades and are still going strong. We wish them the best of luck.

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It’s never easy to excel in the world of business but that certainly never stopped Marc Beer from attempting to thrive in that field. From an early age, he knew exactly what he wanted to be and that entails becoming a philanthropist, businessman, and entrepreneur. So how has he maintained his enthusiasm throughout his career? Well, he recently sat down to discuss these matters. When he first began his college career, he wasn’t sure what direction he wanted to take it in but soon discovered his affinity for the world of business. He later excelled in his college courses and ended up graduating from the university four years later with his bachelor’s degree in hand. Once he had finished his academic career, he was offered the opportunity to work for Abbott. 

He graciously accepted and spent the next six years working with their sales team to help promote their products and raise their profile. He went on to work for a few other companies after he left that position such as Biostar Inc and Genzyme but, through it all, he never lost sight of his entrepreneurial aspirations. As such, May of 2000 saw him finally becoming his own boss as he opened Viacell, a company dedicated primarily to helping patients by finding as many vaccines and cures as they can. They do this by studying the cells of people who are sick and trying to find a way to reverse engineer those results so they can help remedy these illnesses. Learn more: https://medium.com/@marc.beer

While the company did prove to be a success, it didn’t last too long. No one really knows why but seven years after the company was established, he decided to sell it and move on to his next business venture. However, before he had the chance, tragedy struck home as his wife passed away from a pulmonary embolism. After taking the appropriate amount of time to grieve for his beloved, he decided to stay home with his kids for a while to console them and take care of whatever needs they may have. After a while, however, he realized, with some help from his children, that he needed to return to the business industry and continue his efforts to help people. So that’s exactly what he did. In August of 2016, he started a new business called Renovia.

The goal of this new company is to help as many patients as he can by developing devices that will help treat their conditions. As you might imagine, this new enterprise has turned out to be quite the success and the company is already worth upwards of $50 million with these new products consistently flying off the shelves. In fact, one of their products recently became FDA approved, the first of its kind. In the future, he hopes to expand on his work to reach as many people as he can and he told future generations to always put their philanthropy first, be strategic and focus on the success of the company.

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Digital technology is improving virtually every industry in areas of efficiency, accuracy, costs and integration. Smart technology and the internet allow personnel and machines to interact in real time across the globe. Boris Ivanov Gazprom is bringing this reality to the oil and gas industry. Since 2011, Gazprom has worked for TDE and its ProNova monitoring system. Starting as a data processing analyst, Gazprom now promotes the drilling operation monitoring system, educating drilling contractors on the system’s benefits. His primary targets as of 2019 are Russian drilling companies.

TDE has focused on introducing and implementing the ProNova system to Russian drilling companies for the past 5 years. However, the company has a 15-year history of providing drilling operation optimization worldwide. The system uses sensors to produce data related to key performance indicators during the drilling process. Sensors monitor processes such as tripping pipe, drilling and casing. ProNova not only records productive and non-productive time but also produces a detailed per-second analysis of the operation’s efficiency. Boris Ivanov Gazprom explains that drilling service contractors are reluctant to use the system as oil well operators pay those companies per day. Therefore, slower drilling times benefit drillers’ bottom lines. Turn-key contracts that require service companies to deliver producing wells before receiving payment benefit from ProNova as those companies require efficiency. Unfortunately, most Russian oil companies still use separate service contractors, Gazprom notes.

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Boris Ivanov Gazprom is focusing on Russian oil production engineers who are working with European engineers. Currently, the collaboration has analyzed more than 10,000 days’ worth of Russian drilling service companies with the potential to analyze data in real time from more than 100 rigs located worldwide. This collaboration is based in Samara, Russia, at the Real Time Operational Center.

Low crude oil prices have caused a current lag, which has cost the industry experienced workers, supply chain connections and development. Turning the industry around, Boris Ivanov Gazprom predicts, will depend on the industry’s willingness to embrace technology such as the ProNova system. Gazprom states that digital innovations will outweigh industrial mechanics in future business successes.

See more: https://www.iol.co.za/business-report/international/namibia-gazprom-unit-signs-1bn-deal-705117

In the competitive world that we live in, standing out from the crowd is incredibly important, especially when it comes to the workplace and corporate environments. For women, in particular, the task of standing at par with men is not always an easy as it seems, especially because of the
numerous prejudices that they face at the workplace.


Smita Shah is an entrepreneur and corporate worker who knows all too well about the woes that women face at the workplace. Through the course of her career, she has had to face numerous challenges that are commonly known to women which have impacted the way she works. In spite of these challenges, she always found a way to stand tall and work hard to achieve her goals. The experience that she has had has enabled her to reach out to women all over and provide them with useful information that can help them at the workplace. The following are some of the tips that she stands by for climbing up the corporate ladder and standing out at the workplace. Learn more: https://premiergazette.com/2019/07/smita-shahs-best-practices-empowerment-workplace/

  1. Believe In Yourself
  2. It is important to believe that you can do the things that you have set out to do, and believe that you can achieve the goals that you envision.
  3. Examine Your Skillset
    Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is important to know where you can develop and where you shine. Always conduct a thorough self-examination and be honest with yourself during this
    process.
  4. Have A Strong Presence
    Don’t stay in the backline and hide away from the limelight. It is important to asset your dominance and speak up if you have something to say.
  5. Don’t Let Others Take Your Credit
    If you have done something notable that has brought about positive attention, take credit for it, and don’t let others steal your credit and achievements.
  6. Work On Short Term Goals
    It is important to set short term goals down for yourself and working towards achieving these goals is incredibly important.
  7. Don’t Adhere To Female Stereotypes
    Female Sterotypes are bound to follow women around at the workplace because of the mentality that people have, but breaking these stereotypes is what can help you stand out and achieve your
    professional goals.
  8. Pay Attention To Cultural Factors
    Understanding the culture of the workplace is important, and staying within the reasonable limits of that culture is important to form good workplace relationships.
  9. Make Other’s Respect Your Position
    It is important to demand respect wherever you go, and this is something that can help you assert your authority better at the workplace.
  10. Keep Work And Personal Life Separate
    It is important to make a distinction between your personal life and professional life, and never mix the two when working in a corporate setting.

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The OSI Group did not began its international growth until the 1980s when they made Sheldon Lavin the chairman and chief executive officer. What made this move so key for the OSI Group is because of Mr. Sheldon Lavin’s vast knowledge as an investor and executive banker. He had different relationships with different brands all across the globe. So his plan was not only to be centered around being the main supplier of patties to McDonald’s Corporation but he had always had the plans to venture into other food sectors as well. Once Sheldon Lavin implemented his plan of international growth the plan eventually went on autopilot and the growth still continues to this day. The OSI Group currently has a total of 6.1 billion dollars in sales and is currently 58th on the Forbes list of one of the biggest companies in the United States.

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Sheldon Lavin first began the growth of the OSI Group by performing joint ventures with different companies in Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Poland, and Hungry. This initial push for the expansion of the company was started during the 1980s going into the early 1990s. What are the biggest expansion moves that was done by the OSI Group was the partnership that it made with a food company by the name of K&K Foods in Taiwan. K&K Foods was one of the biggest food dealers in Asia. After this partnership was made OSI Group officially put its stamp on the Asia-Pacific market and this is when OSI Asia-Pacific was born. The company then just continued to establish manufacturing plants and partnerships in different parts of Asia, such as in the Philippines and also in China.

One of the most prominent moves that Sheldon Lavin and the OSI Group made was the investment in the Chinese economy. This economy has grown so much that it can be labeled as a little America because you can find American companies such as Papa John’s, Starbucks, Burger King, and Subway in China. This investment opened the doors for the OSI Group to supply these restaurants with their food products both in the United States and in China.

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Luke Lazarus has displayed a spirit of entrepreneurship since he was a young boy.

He was eight years old when he started his first business. Luke was always intent on doing things better, and he creatively thought up new ways to make his businesses grow. He was bright and did well in school and achieved an A in all of the subjects.

Luke Lazarus is a consultant to new business owners and other entrepreneurs. He knows that the odds are against a new business lasting let alone becoming a thriving enterprise.

Many new small companies will go out of business in their early stages due to a number of factors. This is where Luke’s expertise comes in. He offers consultancy to small and medium-sized company owners, and he works to guide them on the path to success.

He was born and raised in Australia. Luke Lazarus has a competitive nature, and he played several sports in school achieving the same exceptional results that he did in his academic studies. Luke had the opportunity to attend numerous universities based on his excellent scholastic record. Read more: Luke Lazarus Consulting – Melbourne and Luke Lazarus | F6S

Luke went on to achieve his M.B.A. at Australia’s Melbourne Business School. Many years have passed since the launch of Luke’s debut as an excited young entrepreneur, and he has had numerous successful start-ups ever since. He now helps other entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams to successfully launch their own companies.

Luke is financially independent from the wealth he has accumulated by selling his companies for huge sums of money. He had accomplished his own lofty goals by age 35. His focus is now to identify potentially outstanding small businesses and, in most cases, to raise them to IPO status.

Luke applies his skills and talents to help build and grow other companies. He finds it fulfilling to him personally and not purely for his own financial growth. Luke acknowledges that he has enough money to live comfortably for the rest of his life, and he is driven to use his skills to assist and mentor other people. With his proven strategies that he has used time and again for his own ventures.

Luke Lazarus has been committed to his work to continue to do what he does best. He empowers the companies and their owners to gain the momentum and success that is so needed to survive in today’s competitive playing field.

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In 2009, Sharon Prince established the non-profit venture known as the Sharon Prince Grace Farms Foundation in order to support victims of abuse by helping them connect with the environment and the arts, as well as with a faith-based community. The organization opened its first facility in 2015, and since then has come to be known as a peaceful and safe place for all who enter it seeking understanding and care.

As a humanitarian, Sharon Prince has a big focus on ending global child exploitation and human trafficking, along with violence against women. In partnership with her husband Robert, she also contributes to programs that assist with treatments for terminal health conditions, one being Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery, which researches different medications to try to combat the mental illness. Because of their organization’s philanthropic efforts, the couple has had a number of awards bestowed to them, such as the 2017 AIA National Architecture Honor Award.

The Sharon Prince Grace Farms facility is located in New Canaan, Connecticut, and it sits on 80 acres of land, and includes a church and a great view of the surrounding natural landscape. When having the center built, Sharon Prince wanted it to have the type of appeal that would make its visitors want to take their time walking around and exploring the property while taking in its beauty.

The University of Tulsa graduate, who majored in Business Administration, has both an MBA and a BBA degree, and in addition to being the Founder and President of the Grace Farms Foundation, she is a member of the board of an organization called “Unchain: Freedom Needs Fighters”, a worldwide media campaign she partnered with Geometry Global, J. Walter Thompson and Shazam to develop. Through this venture, she hopes to play a big part in ending modern-day slavery all over the world.

Related article: http://alivenewspaper.com/2019/04/grace-farms-foundation-sharon-prince-welcome-carrie-mae-weems/

Marc Beer has been a very successful entrepreneur and executive over the past two and a half decades. When he was working as an employee, he spent many years in top managerial roles. His success and experience as an executive would eventually lead to him starting up a couple of companies. Under his leadership, Marc was able to make his two companies very successful. With his experiences as both an entrepreneur and an executive, Beer has been able to establish a track record of providing solid leadership and a knack for building successful companies. Over the course of his career, he has been able to develop effective strategies to resolve a number of business-related problems.

When Marc Beer completed his compulsory education, he went on to attend college at Miami University. While he was a student at Miami, he studied business and would graduate with an undergraduate degree in 1987. After graduating from college, Marc would work in the sales and marketing field. His most notable work experience was when he was the vice president of global marketing at a company called Genzyme. While he was the company’s vice president, he was involved in marketing and promoting all of the company’s products. During Marc’s stint at Genzyme, he helped millions of underserved people get better quality healthcare.

While Marc Beer was a very successful sales and marketing executive, he was looking to become an entrepreneur. His first business was a company called ViaCell. When he started up ViaCell, Marc looked to find a way to treat many different medical conditions with more creative solutions. His company ViaCell began to address this objective by using umbilical cord stem cells. The stem cells would then be used to find effective treatments for various medical conditions. Within a span of seven years, Marc was able to build a very successful company and sell it for a few hundred million dollars in 2007.
Marc Beer started up his second company in recent years. Beer started up a company called Renovia which specializes in treating pelvic floor disorders. The company has proven to make significant progress towards finding nonsurgical treatments for medical conditions that affect the bladder and urinary system. Marc received lots of funding to start up the company. He also hired many professionals in the medical field to assist him in building the company. According to Marc, Renovia will be profitable within the next few years. Learn more: https://blogwebpedia.com/marc-beer-entrepreneurial-spirit-biotech.html

Beer has been very successful throughout his career. While he has been able to use his talent, leadership, and expertise to attain success, he has said that working with his colleagues and staff of professionals has been a key to his long term success as well. In many discussions, Marc has said that working with the right group of professionals will allow anyone and any company to succeed. With this mentality, it is apparent that Marc has been quite humble about his sustained success over the years.

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Not many entrepreneurs can say they’ve been the founder and CEO of two different companies over the years but Marc Beer is one of the few who can. So just what is his secret to long-lasting success in the business sector? Well, his career first began in the early ’80s after his matriculation at Miami University. Upon receiving his BS in science in 1987, he accepted a position as the head of sales training and development at a company known as Abbott. After six years with the company, he moved on to a corporation called Biostar Inc. where he served as their corporate officer for two years. Afterward, he was the Vice President of Global Marketing at Genzyme before establishing his own company called Viacell where he would serve as founder and CEO. 

The company did particularly well under his supervision with over 300 employees working there at one point. The primary mission of the company was to extract blood cells from multiple umbilical cords in an effort to study these cells and develop cures for various diseases. Around the middle of the 2000s, he decided to go public with the company and eventually sold it for upwards of $300,000 to a company known as Perkin Elmer. Afterward, he had dreams of moving onto bigger and brighter horizons. These dreams were dashed, however, upon the sudden and tragic death of his wife. It was rough for him but he bounced back and took over the duties of raising his three children. 

While he did embrace this role wholeheartedly, it wasn’t long before his daughter helped him realize he needed to get back to the business world and resume helping those in need. So that’s exactly what he did. In 2016, he started a new company called Renovia and assumed the role of founder and CEO. Their mission is to develop, produce and advertise various medical tools that help people with various illnesses. One of the diseases they’re attempting to treat effects more than a quarter of the US female population and they hope to expand these efforts as far as they possibly can. One of their goals is to attempt to remove the stigma surrounding various diseases, specifically pelvic floor disorders which prevent many women from seeking treatment.

Some of the diseases they’re attempting to treat include endometriosis, chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, and various digestive diseases. Of course, he hasn’t become full of himself despite his immense success, remarking that he is adamant about giving back to the community and helping as many people as possible. Additionally, he has provided some advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, saying they should have a solid financial strategy and stay focused on achieving their goals. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/marc-beer

Serge Belamant is the inventor of blockchain technology. While not many may know who he is, his contribution to the financial sector can be felt by those who operate in the sector. He has been instrumental in upgrading the financial sector to what it is today through blockchain technology. This technology is linked and encrypted ledger of records. Some of the information contained in an individual accounting includes transaction details and time stamps. With this technology, financial institutions can increase transparency, data accuracy, and security for both firms and clients.

Need for Change

The reason why there was a need for change in the financial sector is that the systems previously used had become old and inefficient. Thanks to blockchain technology, it’s so easy to transfer money internationally these days. This isone of the benefits of the technology that Serge Belamant invented. Labour-intensive business and those with sophisticated supply chains are also very likely to benefit from smart contracts and blockchain.

Why Serge Is Important

Being the inventor of blockchain technologies has made Serge Belamant a force to reckon with. By using smart cards, Serge’s invention has been able to come up with sophisticated but easy-to-apply applications in the financial and banking sector.

About Serge Belamant

Serge Belamant is an tech investor born in France, and grew up in South Africa. His journey to fame is not like that of most other successful people in the world. However, he was a very bright student in school. Because of his exemplary performance in academics, he received the award, Victor Ludorum, at his school in 1971.

After high school, he joined Witwatersrand University to do an engineering course, which he did for just one year. During his second year of study, he dropped engineering and started doing a computer science course as well as applied mathematics. After his second year of study at the university, he decided to change schools and went to UNISA to do information systems. Serge did not finish his degree, but the effects of his brilliant ideas in business have been felt and will be felt for many years to come.