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Ara Chackerian, Angel investor and friend of nature

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Very few doubt that natural resources are vital to human life and the economy.Sadly, few business manage to replace what is taken from nature. Ara Chackerian is a forestry professional who manages to balance the two—sharing his knowledge with clients and colleagues.


The idea of knocking down trees in the forest scares many of us nature lovers, but it isn’t always bad. Careful planning can help us use resources while strategically creating new ones for us and the animals we share the world with. Ara Chackerian has dedicated much time and effort learning about forest life and resources while helping others do the same. He understands that newer trees and plants are preferred by and more convenient to forest life. By resourcing from older plants and growing new ones, a better home is created for wilderness inhabitants to move to, while clearing the forest of older woods and using them to our advantage. Everyone wins.




Forestry is a big passion of Ara, but not his only proficiency. He currently holds a position as the Managing Director at ASC Capital Holdings, LLC where he invests in new healthcare companies that are striving to change the United States’ healthcare system. The Chackerian family has a history of giving back to communities in need, founding nonprofit organizations aimed at youth development and schooling. It’s worth noting that Ara currently also serves as the president of Limoapa Teak, a Nicaraguan farm that’s creating new jobs while using practices friendly to the environment.


Ara Chackerian is a Florida State University graduate, currently based in San Francisco, California. Although he’s been involved in many projects, his admirable career has been mostly based in healthcare technology related fields. He has held positions such as Executive Vice President at PSS, a distributor of medical products, Executive Chairman at PipelineRX, and Chief Executive Officer at BMC Diagnostics.


As an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, Ara’s success is a product hard work and his desire to make the world a better place. Helping the environment, animals, and human life is what fuels his drive.



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President And COO David McDonald: Helping Make The OSI Group A Global Force

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The president of international food processing giant the OSI Group is Iowa native David McDonald. He has been with the company since graduating from Iowa State University in 1987 with a degree in animal science. Hired as a project manager, McDonald’s diverse skillset has enabled him to move up through the ranks in the company to become both president and chief operating officer. With his help the company has been able to successfully expand into a growing number countries throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, create new products and make major strides within the food industry.

Due in part to the work of David McDonald, the OSI Group has become a premier global food producer that delivers some of the industry’s best products and services to their growing customer base. David McDonald uses his expertise to assist the logistics team in maintaining and improving the company’s position in the constantly evolving international food services market. McDonald’s ability to work hand in hand with local marketers in 80 countries around the world helps the OSI Group to offer their customers foods designed to meet an array of culturally specific tastes.

David McDonald was instrumental in the OSI Group’s acquisition of the Dutch company Baho Foods which specializes in the processing of deli meat and other foods. Purchasing Baho Foods increases the OSI Group’s presence in Europe. McDonald has also helped the company develop a winning business strategy for and establish a presence in China over the past 20 years. Today, the OSI Group has 10 poultry processing facilities in China and provides meat, dough and vegetable products to American fast food companies in China including Starbucks, Subway, Pizza Hut and McDonald’s.

Over the three decades David McDonald has spent with the OSI Group he has helped them establish dynamic partnerships, enjoy tremendous growth and become very profitable. His goal is for the company to continue to meet and surpass the expectations of customers. The key to doing that is for the company to remain flexible and maintain high quality standards as they create solutions to the challenges they encounter in the international food services industry. McDonald focuses on understanding the local culture so the company can deliver the products and services their diverse customer base wants.

Much of David McDonald’s time is spent handling the technical and infrastructure challenges the company faces dealing with partners, suppliers and government agencies.

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