Browse Category: Businesman

RFID System Evolution With Sawyer Howitt

RFID stands for Radio-Frequency Identification, a possibly underused technology with a vast array of uses. It is made of small electronic devices that consist of a small chip and an antenna. The chip typically is capable of carrying 2,000 bytes of data or less. There are many uses for this technology in the retail clothing world, but it isn’t being embraced at the speed that might be expected for its many functions. To date, only about 8% of clothing retailers have a RFID system that contains tags, barcode readers, and sales software.

This is likely largely due to the high cost to integrate this technology into their stores. These stores will have to build infrastructure in some cases, as well as install all of the components needed for these systems to run effectively. According to, clothing retail companies tend to be conservative when adopting new technologies overall, often waiting until other sectors have already adopted the technology and have shown what kind of impact it has.

Like Sawyer Howitt on Facebook

However, as the technology evolves, these RFID technology are becoming increasingly more cost effective so RFID will likely become more common for clothing retailers to adopt in their stores. Additionally, with more consumers preferring to buy clothing online, retailers will have to start implementing new technologies in store, in order to stay competitive. As the technology expands, it may win over the minds of other retailers as well.

At an incredibly young age, Sawyer Howitt has managed to impress the business world with his keen sense of motivation. He speaks regularly to empower millennial entrepreneurs to make a change in their world. Currently, Howitt sits as a Project Manager at The Meriwether Group. Prior to this, he worked as a Business Strategy Analyst for RFID Checkout where he assisted in developing a new retail experience through the use of expanding technologies.

Learn more about Sawyer Howitt:

David McDonald And The OSI Group

David G. “Dave” McDonald is a businessman with multiple interests and industry involvements. At present, he is employed as the president and CEO (chief operating officer) of a Washington, D.C.-based company known as OSI Group, LLC. At the age of 52, he is also on the OSI Group’s board of directors and works as the director of OSI International Foods Pty Limited in Australia.

Work Background
McDonald is the chairman of the North American Meat Institute. He has worked as a project manager for OSI Industries. Additionally, since December of 2008, he has served as an independent director for the company known as Marfrig Global Foods S.A. This was following Marfrig Frigoríficos e Comércio de Alimentos’ acquisition of the OSI Group operations in both Brazil and Europe.

Following his graduation from high school, McDonald attended the Iowa State University. He studied animal science. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 1987.

David McDonald And Improving OSI Group’s Sustainability
In a recent interview with CEO CFO Interviews website, McDonald discussed a number of different topics. He answered questions about such subjects as the company’s current direction, innovation and other topics involving the sustainability of the company. David McDonald OSI Group said that the company continues to focus on growth. He also stated that while the company values still remain the same, the company’s product lines, answers to various problems and issues that arise are in a constant state of change. He is proud of the business’ numerous successes.

McDonald And The Acquisition Of Baho Food
Last August McDonald headed up the acquisition of Baho Food. Baho is the Dutch’s top convenience food processing company. Following the close of the deal, he told the press that this would aid OSI in fulfilling the needs of their current European clientele and also increase their customer base.

President of Highland Capital Management Issues Charitable $1 Million Challenge Grant

James Dondero is the co-founder and President of the Dallas, Texas-based financial firm Highland Capital Management, Inc. In an effort to help the Dallas nonprofit The Family Place earn enough money to complete their new facility, he announced that his company has issued a $1 million challenge grant. This grant will match 50% of donations up to $1 million in support of this nonprofit’s six month Legacy Campaign. Dondero made the announcement during the 21st Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon that was held at the Hilton Anatole.

So far, The Family Place has raised $200,000 towards their goal of the $2.8 million remaining for what they need to raise. Their new facility, which will be located in central Dallas and named after Ann Moody, is a new counseling center for family members that are escaping domestic violence. The center will include emergency shelters, medical and dental care, several counseling rooms, and spaces to help people receive job-training. It will also include an animal shelter for those who have pets that they don’t want to leave behind with an abusive person.

It’s expected this new facility will serve the emergency needs of over 2,000 victims of domestic abuse each year. The Family Place’s current facility has been filled to capacity for a number of years which has been limiting the number of people they can help.

James Dondero along with a business partner established Highland Capital Management in 1993. They are an alternative investment firm that has offices also in New York City and internationally. Highland Capital Management has been a highly successful firm under James Dondero’s management and now has over $16 billion in assets under management.

It was in the early 80’s when James Dondero began his career as an analyst. In 1985 he started working for American Express, first as a Corporate Bond Analyst and later as a Portfolio Manager. He started at Protective Life Insurance Company in 1989 where he was instrumental in founding their GIC subsidiary. His success at Protective Life led to their partnering with him and Mark Okada when they founded Highland Capital Management. more of him in