There is perhaps no one in the world of e-commerce today who has exemplified more drive and ambition than Don Ressler. Getting his start in 1997, Ressler is widely regarded as an innovator of online space and the industry in general. His associations include Fitness Heaven, Intermix Media, Alena Media, and others. As of recently, however, Ressler has focused his energy on his own ventures—JustFab and TechStyle Fashion Group.
JustFab’s first major fund acquisition came in the fall of 2011 when Matrix Partners invested $33 million into the company. This investment would be the first of many. Rho Capital Partners came through with $76 million in the summer of the following year. It would be another 14 months, however, before the Shining Capital would invest $40 million. In December of 2013, Shining Capital decided to add a cherry on top with another $15 million. By August of 2014, Passport Capital made an investment to top all others with $85 million to JustFab.
Today, TechStyle Fashion Group is comprised of over 4 million active members. The company, however, was founded by accident by Don Ressler in March 2010. Since then, TechStyle’s membership numbers have grown steadily. In May of 2013, the company expanded internationally into Spain and France following the acquisition of The Fab Shoes. With the major investment by Passport Capitol in 2014, JustFab brought its total capitalization to $250 million. Fabletics, an online athletic retailer founded in part by Ressler, became TechStyle’s fastest growing label in 2015. In April of 2016, Fabletics announced plans to open between 75 and 100 brick and mortar stores of the next three to five years.
Don Ressler’s involvement in e-commerce expands far beyond TechStyle and JustFab. Ressler played a huge role in enhancing the shareholder value at Intermix Media—the parent company of Myspace.com. Ressler would also go on to found Intelligent Beauty—a health and wellness, beauty, and fashion products retailer—which would lay the inspirational groundwork for TechStyle Fashion Group.
Having started in Ressler’s living room at his Manhattan Beach house, JustFab’s rapid growth and international expansion quickly necessitated relocation of the company’s headquarters. Of particular appeal was vicinity of El Segundo, California to the international airport and magnificent beaches. In addition to the scenery and convenience, the headquarters at El Segundo currently has 128,000 square feet of office space with room for expansion—a huge plus, considering that JustFab’s future is sure to be prosperous. https://www.linkedin.com/in/don-ressler-328b4618
As current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OSI Group, Lavin has set himself apart as a leader in the meat and food processing industry. With over 40 years’ experience, Lavin has led the expansion of OSI Group that is currently located in 17 countries with over 70 facilities that are run and managed with over 20,000 employees.
With a background in Finance and Accounting, Lavin started out his career working in the banking industry and later on started his own financial consulting firm. It is here that he worked as a consultant for Otto and Sons (now OSI Group) after rejecting an offer to have an ownership position when the business was looking for funding to build a facility that would propel the company to become the Midwest supplier of hamburgers to McDonald’s Corporation. Lavin later became a partner after much appreciation of the business culture and strategies employed by McDonald’s when he worked as a consultant.
Sheldon Lavin developed a vision to grow the company to a world-class food processing enterprise. The company has since become a global leader in supplying meat products which are supplied to retail stores and food franchises such as McDonald’s.
OSI Group, under Lavin’s leadership, has won many awards including the 2017 International Safety Award from the British Safety Council, which the company has won for the 11th time. Lavin himself has also been recognized for several awards for his leadership and was recently awarded the Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy in February 2016. The Award recognizes visionaries who have persisted in turning their dreams into realities.
Lavin cares for his community and has made immense contributions to other companies and charities holding posts as:
• Trustee for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHS)
• Board Member of the Goodman Theatre
• Board Member of Rush University Medical Center
• President and Director of the Sheba Foundation.
Lavin continues to lead OSI Group as he grooms the next generation of leaders whom he hopes will dedicate themselves to growing the company with the same spirit. Lavin has a wife and three children.
Over the years, Todd Lubar has achieved much success in the financial and credit markets. Todd contends that he loves working hard. The executive posits that for one to build a successful company, he or she must invest everything. After a while, it is common for one to feel that the work is monotonous and mundane. Todd says that one should not give up but instead revisit the goals and focus on achieving them.
Todd Lubar says that he has succeeded in fostering a culture of honest communication and trust in his business. He contends that at times, they have faced numerous setbacks. However, they have managed to grow and move forward because his employees trust each other. Lubar states that he has provided his workers with a collegial environment, thus they are not afraid of voicing their concerns. Todd is also able to present his thoughts to his team amicably.
Given that he has been in business for long, Todd urges new entrepreneurs to choose their friends carefully. He says that the people that individuals introduce into their sphere of influence determines their path in life. Lubar says that if he were to start over again, he would be cautious about his friends.
He also suggests that for an entrepreneur to be successful, he or she must be willing to devise innovative ideas and most importantly, execute them. Todd goes on to say that most entrepreneurs fail because they are not willing to go the extra mile of implementing their thoughts. The executive contends that his past experience enabled him to establish TDL Ventures and run it as a going concern.
About Todd Lubar
The founder of Legendary Properties says that he has always been passionate about helping people to enhance their livelihood. After undertaking his research for 12 years, Lubar saw that a huge number of clients could not access loans from traditional institutions. To this end, he made it his duty to provide them with affordable loans.
The resident of Bethesda has two children. During his free time, Lubar plays with his kids. In addition, Todd loves travelling. His goal is to be able to add value to the person that he interacts with.
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