Livio Bisterzo Welcomes Leonardo DiCaprio And Stand Equity Partners Into HIPPEAS

HIPPEAS’ co-founder Livio Bisterzo recently announced that the company had received new investors including Leonardo DiCaprio and Strand Equity Partners. DiCaprio is an Oscar-winning Hollywood actor while Strand Equity Partners is a leading growth equity fund operating in the US.

Livio Bisterzo said that he was excited that Leonardo DiCaprio and Strand Equity Partners were joining the HIPPEAS family. He added that it was incredible that the snack brand was bringing on board partners who share its values and vision as it grows in both the UK and the US. He was enthusiastic to welcome the two new partners and looked forward to sharing the journey with them.

Strand Equity Partners’ co-founder and managing partner Seth Rodsky commented that HIPPEAS is not only a high growth company but also a differentiated brand that has grown a lot in a short time. He added that the brand’s unprecedented market traction was a testament to its product offering that combines creative flavor with nutrition. Rodsky stated that his company looked forward to partnering with Bisterzo and his entire talented management team.

The size of the investment from DiCaprio and Strand Equity Partners has not been disclosed. DiCaprio has further invested in Love in the Wild, a sustainable seafood brand. HIPPEAS makes organic chickpea puffs that come in six flavors including Vegan White Cheddar, Far Out Fajita, Maple Haze, Sriracha Sunrise, Happenin’ Hickory, and Pepper Power.

Livio Bisterzo

Italian entrepreneur Livio Bisterzo presently lives in Los Angeles with his family. Before settling in the US, Bisterzo first moved to the United Kingdom aged 18 to study at London’s University of Arts. Thanks to his marketing background, Bisterzo founded an events company in 2003, his first entrepreneurial venture.

He later proceeded to create a successful business portfolio that ranged from consumer brands like Little Miracles and Kyoku for Men to Hospitality brands like Maddox Club and Pollen St. In 2015, Bisterzo started Green Park Holdings to make innovative multi channel drinks and food brands. The company’s first brand was HIPPEAS, which launched in 2016.

Green Park Holdings aims to make a positive change in the food and beverages industry by creating premium, affordable, and better-for-you products. HIPPEAS partnered with Farm Africa to support Eastern Africa farmers build prosperous lives.

Find more about Livio Bisterzo: http://www.thedrum.com/news/2016/06/14/hippeas-snack-brand-launches-branding-inspired-modern-hippie

Sajwani and Trump: A Controversial Partnership

Dubai-based billionaire developers, the Hussain Sajwani family is hoping to form a business relationship with the Trump Organization, the real estate firm owned by Donald Trump. And it looks like this is something that will be happening. The Damac owner has been in talks with the new president even before he was president. Trump and Sajwani recently finalized their partnership at the Trump International Golf Club. Because of Trump’s highest position in U.S. politics, it is very natural that there should be some naysayers. There has been much criticism that this will mean a huge conflict of interest for the new president. However, Trump assures his critics that he will not be in any way involved in future business deals in the partnership. All such dealings will be fully managed by Trump’s three children, Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr.

Each of these three are themselves very powerful and influential in the international business community, with connections to top level politicians and business leaders all over the world. This strategy is not new or isolated to this one business relationship. While he was still a presidential candidate, Trump and his children decided that if he did end up becoming president, he would have to hand to operations of his business empire over to them. Fortunately, Sajwani has already been on very friendly terms with the kids. He knows them well personally and professionally and has absolutely no qualms about working just with them.

None of this has done that much to quiet the skepticism of Trump’s business presence in the Middle East while he is our acting president. To help fight the skepticism, Sajwani assures that in these dealings he will stay away from any discussion of political issues or positions. It remains to be seen if there will be problems that arise because of this seeming conflict of interest.

Sheldon Lavin: Chairman And CEO Of The OSI Group

Sheldon Lavin is the OSI Group’s chairman and CEO. He has been with the food supplier for more than 43 years. Lavin had previously worked in the banking and financial services industry. Lavin became involved with the OSI Group in the 1970s when the company was seeking financing to construct a meat processing facility to help them expand the meat products they provided to McDonald’s.

Initially, Sheldon Lavin acted as a consultant to the company and in 1975 he became a partner. As the OSI Group expanded their operations into Europe, Asia and South America in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Lavin purchased a controlling interest and eventually took over the company.

Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin the OSI Group expanded their reach into Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa. They also diversified the services they offered and became the world’s largest protein supplier to McDonald’s. Lavin has also been the moving force behind having the company build
80 facilities located in 17 countries and the hiring of over 20,000 employees. He has also helped to develop the OSI Group’s unique culture where the staff is treated like a global family. He is also very proud that the OSI Group has very little staff turnover and most employees stay with the company for many years. This harkens back to OSI’s origin as Otto & Sons meat market that was located in the Chicago area.

But Sheldon Lavin is much more than just a businessman. He is a husband, father of three and a grand father. He is also a committed philanthropist that gives generously of his time and resources to charities like the Ronald McDonald House Charities, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Jewish United Fund, United Negro College Fund, Evans Scholarship Fund and countless other local and national charities.

Among Sheldon Lavin’s many awards, he considers the 2016 Global Visionary Award and the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award he was given for his commitment and service to the Chicago business community, the most meaningful.