The AIA Continues To Build Good Will With Its CEO

The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) appointment of Robert Ivy as CEO has been good for the nation’s association of builders. Being a professional association of architects, AIA has continued to benefit the government of the United States along with its citizens. Some of the primary aim of this professional organization is to offer education, provide public outreach programs and community redevelopment. The association’s outreach programs are designed to enhance their public image and provide support for the profession of architecture.

Being the current head of the AIA, Ivy has been working towards these goals. A native of Columbus, Mississippi, Ivy earned his architecture degree in Sewance University. He further advanced his studies of the profession and eventually earned his master’s at Tulane. Ivy has other talents aside from crafting houses and buildings. This includes writing and editing. He was trained in writing and editing at the University of the South, also located in Sewanee, Tennessee. It is in this educational institution where he earned his B.A. degree in English.

Ivy honed his writing and editing talents over the years and eventually became the VP of the McGraw-Hill Construction. He is also at the helm of RECORD, an architectural journal. Under his leadership, this journal was able to increase its circulation around the world.

He also served Architectural Record as its Editor-in Chief from 1996 to 2010. Acting as editor, he also supervised the production of 33 publications both in their digital and print versions. In 2009, he was given a G.D. Crain Award for his exemplary work in editing content in business media. A year later, Alpha Rho Chi, a college fraternity for architecture students, gave him the title “Master Architect.”

Ivy is currently managing the national office of the AIA in Washington, D.C. With 206 employees under him and a huge annual budget of $56 million, Ivy is tasked with the responsibility of promoting the goals and visions of the AIA. He directs the design focus of the profession and tackles the issues involved in its practice. Ivy also promotes the profession’s design values of and works for better understanding of the profession and its practitioners by the general public. As an overseer, he works in harmony with more than 300 chapters of the AIA in the U.S. and abroad to provide support for its members.

Ivy has also written a book, “Fay Jones: Architect” which was published in 1992 by AIA. Apart from AIA, Ivy is also a member of the American Architecture Foundation, and the International Circle of Architecture Critics and the Confederation of International Contractor’s Associations (CICA). Furthermore, he is a member of the advisory boards of four schools of architecture, namely, the Tongji University School of Architecture and Urban Planning in China, The Rural Studio of Auburn University, Mississippi University and Tulane University.

OSI Group Purchases

OSI Group based in Aurora, Illinois has made purchases in 2016 to expand its business. These purchases include Baho Food, a Tyson facility in Chicago, and Fragship Food Group. These additions to the OSI Group will help benefit their business model by providing more production resources and new customers.

Baho Food is one of the major purchases the OSI Group made in 2016. Baho Food is a manufacturer that makes deli meats, and snack foods. David G. McDonald President and chief operating officer of OSI Group stated “Adding Baho Food to our OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in Europe”, meaning a greater market share. Baho Food has five subsidiaries that are located in Germany and the Netherlands. They are Gelderland Frischwaren, Vital Convenience, Henri van de Bilt, Bakx Foods, and Q Smart Life. Baho Food’s current managing director, John Balvers and his staff will remain part of the company. The financial terms for the purchase were not released to the public.

Another purchase OSI Group made was Flagship Europe from Fragship Food Group – based in Denver, Colorado. Fragship Europe is a supplier of frozen poultry, pies, mayonnaise, sauces, and dressings to the United Kingdom. President of OSI Group David McDonard has stated “Adding Flagship to our OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in Europe”, meaning more expansion into the European market. He also states “The company’s portfolio of products and brands complements OSI’s current processing strengths while broadening our capabilities to best serve the evolving needs of our customers”. Translation: this purchase gives us more products to sell and more customers to sell the products to.

Yet another purchase made in 2016 was of a Tyson food processing and storage facility in Chicago. Tyson operated the plant for its prepared foods business. In November of 2015 Tyson announced it would close the plant to improve the company’s efficiency. The former workload of the plant was moved to their other plants. OSI Group has not revealed what type of products would be made at the new facility. Financial details for the purchase were also not released to the public.

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