Robert A. Ivy – Master Architect, Author, Editor, E. V. P., CEO

Mr. Robert A. Ivy attended Tulane University from 1973 through 1976, attaining a Master of Architecture degree. He also holds a BA, Cum Laud, in English and minored in French, at the University of The South: Sewanee, from 1965 thru 1969. Mr. Ivy was with McGraw-Hill from 1996 through 2011, working in construction and construction design publications such as Engineering News Record, Architectural Record, Constructor, HQ, and other publications, plus kept up with 17 websites.

With all this on his to-do list, Mr. Ivy still had time be at the helm of the architectural journal, Architectural Record, as Editor in Chief. From there he became the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in February of 2011.

Robert Ivy, after accepting the leadership of American Institute of Architects, began two probes into the persona of architects’ function in society and into what the future holds for architecture and architects. Robert Ivy dedicated AIA to a ten-year campaign to enable designs to become an accelerator, to help better public health with grants, residential planning, and digital programs. Mr. Ivy made these commitments at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in 2012.

Mr. Ivy also became a noted spokesman for important architectural issues, including modernizing AIA in order to gain support for architecture’s future. Architectural Record has won many awards while under Robert Ivy’s leadership. Among them are 26 Jessie H. Neal Awards given for magazine journalism. The American Society of Magazine also presented Architectural Record with the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, bestowed by The American Society of Magazine Editors.

Robert Ivy was granted the G. D. Crain Award, in recognition of his years of editorial contributions in the business sector, in 2009. Mr. Ivy was named “Master Architect” by Alpha Rho Chi, a national architect fraternity, in 2010, for his conveying of the importance of design in the fraternity and to the world in general. Robert Ivy has been a U. S. Commissioner with the Venice Architecture Biennial three times. He is also a member of International Circle of Architecture Critics.

Robert Ivy is also a published book author, including “Fay Jones Jones: Architect”, which was recognized for “highest standards” of scholarship, design, and production.”

To learn more about Robert Ivy, himself, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-ivy-143b741

Sheldon Lavin on Growing Osi Industries

Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Osi International Foods Limited. In 1990, Lavin helped finance Otto and Sons that later changed to Osi Industries and since then, Osi Industries has grown to become a very successful mat processing enterprise. Sheldon manages the day to day operations of the company with the management team at the location of each branch and at 81 years, he has no signs of slowing down.

Sheldon Lavin entered the meat processing industry over 43 years ago after he had a very successful career as an investor, banking executive and he even had his own financial consulting firm. Sheldon has an educational background in Accounting and Finance and also worked in a financial institution.

Sheldon Lavin also received the Global Visionary Award on February 2016. Mr Lavin received this award because of his vision and leadership efforts in rapidly growing Osi Industries from a small processing facility to the large international company that it is today. He is truly a great inspiration to the younger generation giving them a good example of what it means to serve and to lead.

Since Mr Sheldon joined the company, it has been awarded very many awards since he became the CEO. These awards are inclusive of health management, quality assurance, safety risks and environmental management. Osi Industries received the Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council for its environment risk management strategies. This award is the most prestigious award to be given to companies. They also received the environmental award on November 25th 2016.