Robert Ivy has been the current CEO of the American Institute of Architects since 2011, but he did not start out that way.
In 1996, Robert Ivy started as the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record. Soon after Robert Ivy took over as Editor in Chief, Architectural Record began receiving a multitude of awards, the most notable of which being the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, a premier magazine journalism award presented by the American Society of Magazine Editors. If all this success with his magazine was not enough, Robert Ivy was named “Master Architect” unanimously by the Alpha Rho Chi national architecture fraternity.
There are many benefits of joining a professional society such as the AIA, but access to field-related educational resources, immense networking opportunities, and the chance to strengthen credibility among colleagues and potential employers are paramount to potential membership.
Most professional societies posses a vast conglomerate of educational resources, which are useful for both new employees just breaking into the field, and those seeking additional guidance for an upcoming project. Having a large educational resource to reference will prove invaluable throughout your career, as the field is constantly changing.
Professional societies provide excellent networking opportunities throughout the year. Most host large conferences for their members, in which people make formal and informal connections that could potentially lead to job offers. In addition to increased job opportunities, professional societies such as the AIA provide a space for like minded individuals to come together and address some of the key issues that commonly affect the field.
Oftentimes, membership in a professional society can signal to potential employers your level of commitment to your field and your willingness to stay up to date with all the changes that occur. Additionally, the AIA has a code of ethics that each member must abide in order to retain membership. Employers know this, and adding a membership to a resume goes a long way in strengthening your credibility. These professional societies even offer leadership opportunities that members can take advantage of.
OSI Group, an international foodservice provider, is at the top of its game. This extraordinary food provider has great leadership, has wonderful products and has hardworking employees. Of course, this is a recipe for success and the company brings in billions on an annual basis. Can you believe that this exclusive food service provider has been around since the 20th century? That’s right! OSI Group’s history dates back to the postwar economic expansion as well as dates back to World War I. There aren’t too many other companies in general that has been around for this amount of time, but it goes to show just how important OSI truly is.
What high-profile companies have worked with OSI? To be perfectly honest, OSI Group has worked with various food retailors, including neighborhood supermarkets, fast food restaurants, standard businesses and schools. Businesses like KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Subway have all worked with this food service giant. It produces an immense amount of food products such as pizza, fritters, pot roast, desserts, chicken fried steak, cooked sausage links, poultry products, turkey products, cucumbers, fruits, panini, flatbread, beef patties, steak, onions and many more. The sky is literally the limit. On the other hand, OSI can develop and produce custom-food solutions.
The company’s R&D specialists will work closely with the client to produce the best possible product. These food gurus are well-versed in global cuisines, and they’re highly trained. OSI Group has a make-it-happen mentality. Whether you call the products custom-food solutions, or you call the products concept-to-table solutions, these products are in high-demand. OSI Group has adapted with the times by introducing cutting-edge technology. This technology has allowed the company to become more efficient. Cryogenics and high-capacity production lines are just some of the cutting-edge technologies that are in use today. All in all, OSI Group has set a new standard in the foodservice industry, and it has certainly changed the status quo.
Chris Burch opened a dream resort property just a few years ago, and what he did was take it from a one building surfer hostel to a multiple beach villa 5-star hotel. Burch had already had years of experience in home renovation and redeveloping, and he came up with his own ideas on how he could have Nihiwatu Resort built into one of the most beautiful beach hotels in the world. All that guests need to do is just take a walk along its paths and see how the resort is integrated right into nature without disturbing it. Burch owns most of the shares in this multi-million dollar property, but he still relishes his original business roots.
Chris Burch came from a small town in Pennsylvania and then was attending Ithaca College when he first realized his business ingenuity. Chris Burch had an off-the-wall idea to begin a sweater sales business by buying sweaters from a manufacturer and selling them around the neighbourhood. The business was a bigger success than Burch anticipated, and before long it was bringing in enough revenue to open up outlet stores and its own factories. It was named Eagle Eye Apparel and it opened locations all over the Northeast coast.
Chris Burch decided after some time to explore new business ideas and new investment opportunities, and he started buying shares in the Internet Capital Group and Guggenheim Partners, a private equity firm. While he was married to fashion icon Tory Burch, he helped her start her own fashion line which was featured on several talk shows and had department stores opened all over the nation. Burch decided to become a venture capitalist a few years later and start a company that would identify companies run by people who brought creative brand ideas to the table and invest in their disruptive business models. That was the forming of Burch Creative Capital that has seed funded Poppin, Voss Water, Pypestream, Actua, and Snowe Home, read more (Businessinsider.com).
Chris Burch had started his journey into real estate wealth in 2004 when he added the Faena Hotel + Universe to his portfolio. He bought several properties in partnership with the Argentinian firm run by Alan Faena, some of which he had resold for million in profit. He also had building materials supplied to contractors through his company J. Christopher. Burch became a billionaire around the same time he bought Nihiwatu Resort, and he’s also a donor to institutes like the Rothman Orthopedic Foundation and the Tilton School, refer to wingsjournal.com.