Before the first European explorers landed in the Americas residents of present-day South America treated fabric with the sap from rubber trees to make rainwear. In the 19th Century, Thomas Burberry and Charles Macintosh developed more effective raincoats that were still more water-resistant than waterproof and seafarers began treating their clothes with oil to ward off moisture. Still, a perfectly waterproof garment that adequately vents perspiration remained elusive.
Futurelight is the latest fabric introduced by the maker of extreme weather clothing North Face. The company touts Futurelight as “breathable waterproof protection“. Made through a process called nanospinning the injecting of polymers into the shell of the jacket Futurelight could supplant Gore-Tex for use in inclement weather clothing. North Face describes Futurelight as “microscopic webbing”.
Futurelight vs Gore-Tex
Unlike Futurelight clothing, Gore-Tex clothing is made in multiple layers. Multi-layer construction doesn’t offer the wearer adequate ventilation. During physical exertion, it may be necessary to open a Gore-Tex coat to cool down creating the risk of hypothermia in extreme cold. Futurelight provides 100% ventilation of body heat
Other Applications For Nanospinning
Futurelight garments currently on the market are made for the most extreme weather conditions like those encountered by mountain climbers. North Face plans on introducing Futurelight clothing for a variety of markets and applications. According to North Face’s Steve Lesnard nanospinning technology can be applied to any type of clothing like tee shirts.
About Steve Lesnard
Steve Lesnard recently joined North Face as the company’s Global Vice President of Marketing. Lesnard has worked in the clothing industry throughout his 20-year career. He has experience in global marketing, launching new brands, and forming strategic partnerships. North Face brought Steve Lesnard on board as part of its efforts to increase the company’s global presence.
Peter Briger is one of the most envied business gurus in the world. He is among the most fortunate business moguls who have been listed in Forbes top 400. Peter is not only the President but also serves as the Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors at Fortress Investment Group. Before joining Fortress in 2002, Briger served as a partner at Goldman Sachs for about 15 years. Peter Briger is with no doubt one of the pillars of success for Fortress. He was among the spearheaders of taking Fortress Investment Group public. Besides being the President of the company, Briger is also in-charge of the firm’s credit funds and real estate business. He has majorly focused on distressed debt and illiquid investments. Credit to Peter, Fortress is currently one of the largest investment management firms. The firm prides in managing more than $65 billion in the form of assets for both private and institutional investors.
Peter Briger has been at the forefront of raising capital for debt-laden foreign markets despite the present economic recession in the financial markets. Peter Briger attained his Bachelor’s degree at Princeton University. He also holds an MBA from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. After completing his studies, Peter began his career as a financial expert at Goldman Sachs in 1996 where he later served as a partner. While at Goldman Sachs, Briger broadened his knowledge and skills and became an expert in other areas such as trading, foreign investment, real estate, loans, distressed debt, and trading.
The 51-year-old Peter Briger does not let his success in life come between his love for caring and sharing with the less fortunate. He has been involved in many philanthropic activities such as eradication of poverty, provision of quality education and helping children from humble backgrounds. Peter is also a board member of a non-profit organization Tipping Point which is primarily involved in helping low-income families in San Francisco. One of his most notable contributions to society was the $600 million donation to conserve and maintain the Central Park in New York. Being listed on Forbes top 400 most elite business persons did not come on a silver platter. Peter has indeed worked hard and at times even harder to be the crème de la crème and one of the self-made billionaires in the world. He was and still is a financial genius.
In the middle of the last decade, Jose Ariemo Neto, CEO and chairman of the Brazilian real estate company JHSF, led it to enter the luxury retail sector. Their first such project would be Cidade Jardim, which today holds 180 stores, nine residential towers, four office towers, and one mixed-use building. Around the same time that the entered it, Jose succeeded his retiring father, the co-founder of former CEO of JHSF. In 1998 Jose had been instrumental in helping his father take the company into the retail sector in general by successfully obtaining the rights for the company to construct its first retail store, Shopping Santa Cruz.
Today, Jose says that during an average workday he works from about 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Fabio co-founded the company JHS with his brother Jose Roberto Auriemo in 1972. They led it together until the 1990s when a strong disagreement about the direction of the company led to them dividing into two separate companies which they each took full ownership and leadership of. These companies were called JHSI and JHSF.
Jose took JHSF. After seven years had passed the brothers made up, but agreed it was best to keep their companies separate. Jose Auriemo Neto is so busy a businessman that he rarely takes a vacation. However, he does have days off in which he loves to spend time with his family and to golf. He, his wife Marianna, and their two children have lived in three different homes in the last 20 years. Learn More.
Nine years ago, based out of New York City, Peter L. Briger became the Principal and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors with the Fortress Investment Group, and three years earlier, has held a position of being a member of the Board of Directors. His role at the Fortress Investment Group is running the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Funds, and taking lead in credit fundin, from gaining his extensive knowledge while working previously and being a partner with Goldman Sachs for 15 years. He is well educated in the fields of management, extensive credit, and private equity finance, being a member of the Goldman Sachs Global Control and Compliance Committee. The education that Peter Briger recieved attending Princeton University, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania has prepared him to become such an expert, while having a positive impact on others, leading to their sucess.
When it comes to asset management, Peter Briger has more than 20 years of experience in the field, and has proven to be an exceptional business leader, having the Fortress Investment Group globally diversified, with over $43 billion dollars of assets, utilizing their liquid and equity market divisions. If there is a mainstream source of capital that has declined in the market, Peter Briger has been able to find innovative ways around problems in society, which was the reason for the decline, and still manages to create a decent amount of profit, while marketing correctly, selling high, and buying low. His world class investment strategies, and the team at the Fortress Investment Group is very consistent in delivering exactly what an organization is looking for, when it comes to the proper ways to invest.
In 2015, together as a group, we’re able to raise nearly $5 billion dollars for a new fund within the Fortress Investment Group. Regardless of a financial crisis, the expertise that Peter Briger brings to the table is unmatched in the financial sector, displaying the ability to make a profit with distressed assets, while banks are forced to change how they do business, having a major impact on their profit margins. Peter Briger has always been prepared for when one door closes in the investment market, and to know the next steps in achieving the goals of his group, when another door opens. Currently, Briger still remains to be one of the top players in the arena of special asset investing.
Maurício Mendonça Godoy is a skillful businessman and a titan in Brazil’s oil and natural gas industry. He is a natural leader in the oil and natural gas field because of his technical prowess and business acumen. Mr. Godoy completed a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also holds a strong background in business thanks to his studies of business administration. Maurício Mendonça Godoy has had a long and rewarding career in the oil and natural gas industry of Brazil. One of his chief accomplishments was moving up the ranks at Setal and becoming its chief operating officer. Setal is a leading petroleum company in Brazil.
Mr. Godoy would eventually join SOG Óleo e Gás SA as CEO and later return to Setal to become its CEO as well. Today, Maurício Mendonça Godoy is the president of Estaleiros do Brasil Ltda. This is a Brazilian shipbuilding company that builds offshore oil extraction equipment and platforms that are used in the Buzios and Libra oil fields off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Godoy’s position at Estaleiros do Brasil Ltda represents a new phase and a significant challenge in his career in the oil and natural gas sector. It is a challenge that Maurício Mendonça Godoy is relishing, however. Under the leadership of Maurício Mendonça Godoy, the shipyard he is leading is thriving and garnering awards from significant clients such as Petrobras in Brazil.
In fact, Petrobras awarded Godoy’s shipyard the award of the best supplier to Petrobras in 2018. Petrobras said it awarded Godoy the award because they completed a major piece of equipment 80 days ahead of schedule. The project that Godoy helped oversee and that was completed for Petrobras was called FPSO P-74. This magnificent piece of equipment can extract up to 150,000 barrels of oil a day from the oceans. It can also compress six million cubic meters of natural gas a day. This project was completed at the São José do Norte shipyard of Estaleiros do Brasil Ltda. It represents the genius of both Mauricio Godoy and his company in terms of project management, detail engineering, construction, and integration.
The leading Illinois-based meat processor has been serving customers in China for the last 26 years. OSI Group opened its first processing facility in Beijing in 1992, when it began supplying McDonald’s restaurants in China with high-quality meat products. Through their collaboration with the McDonalds, OSI Group has been able to supply their products to the most remote places in China. OSI Group became a household name in China in 2008 when the company supplied 113 tons of various products that include pork, beef, chicken, dehydrated onions, and eggs during the Olympic games held in Beijing. Since then, OSI China has expanded its market share in the Asian country where it supplies a variety of products to well-known brands such as the Starbucks, McDonald’s, Papa John’s, Sazeriya, Burger King, Yum, and Subway.
What keeps OSI on top of their game
During an interview with Provisioner Tv, David McDonald, the company’s President, revealed that OSI is one of the few companies that understand the significance of localizing their operations. Although OSI is a US-based company, they have focused on providing local products and solutions to their customers in different parts of the world. This way, the company has managed to win many loyal customers who trust them to deliver high-quality food products to the local stores. Besides providing local solutions, OSI has also set their bar high in terms of guaranteeing food safety and ensuring that customers’ needs are met. According to David McDonald, OSI took time to understand the business culture in China, and this has played an indispensable role in their success in the Asian food industry.
When OSI established their operations in China, the first step was to win the trust and loyalty of both the customers and suppliers. OSI also started engaging with the relevant government agencies in China, which helped them to streamline their activities and also to comply with the local regulations. According to David McDonald, the Chinese government has created an enabling environment for foreign businesses to thrive in the country. The various government agencies in China works harmoniously with the businesses to ensure that they achieve their goals.
OSI Group began as a small neighborhood meat market named Otto & Sons. Its founder, Otto Kolschowsky a German immigrant, earned his respect locally as being a supplier of top notch meats. In 1955 Otto made the smart move of becoming a supplier of ground beef patties to the then new McDonald’s Restaurant founded by Ray Kroc. Then in the early seventies, Otto Kolschowsky opened a high volume meat processing facility to produce meat patties and, it even utilized liquid nitrogen to quicken the freezing process. During this time the name was changed to OSI Industries which is also known as OSI Food Solutions. Then in the nineties OSI Food Solutions expanded into the global market by partnering with other food processors.
This gave them the ability to extend value to their customers while not forfeiting the high quality. OSI Group has continued to expand according to the marketplace and its customer’s needs. This is why it continues to be a global leader in the food industry and has managed to stay one step ahead of the rest. The company also takes pride in hiring management and employees that are native to the location of the facility. This practice ensures trust, increased sales, efficiency and increased productivity. It also helps to increase the local economy as they add more products and jobs to better acclimate to their customer’s needs.
OSI Food Solutions doesn’t just market products to sell to their customers; they take the time to custom make products specifically for their customer’s needs. This is why OSI Food Solutions is ahead of the others in the global food industry. With over 20,000 employees in over 17 countries, OSI Food Solutions has stayed humbled to its roots by keeping the headquarters in the state of Illinois where it was founded. Chronicle Week (2018). OSI Group’s Reach Extends to More Than 65 Facilities Around the Globe.