Breaking Barriers: Conservation & Tourism In African Wilderness

Kruger Park in South Africa is the embodiment of the idea of wild Africa. This century-old game reserve is vast, at nearly 20,000 square kilometers. And with more that 6 diverse ecosystems with in its sprawling landscape, Kruger is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. The famed Big Five of Africa (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino) call this reserve their home, along with innumerable smaller animals, birds and insects. Learn more:



Located on the northern borders of South Africa, the reserve lies adjacent to similar wildlife preserves in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It is a part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park created in 2003 by the three nations through a joint agreement. The massive peace park transcends the borders between these three countries and gives a great boost to wildlife protection and conservation. Learn more:

With the removal of border fences, animal herds can now freely migrate between the countries. The net positive effects of such a move is already evident within South Africa, where there are numerous private game reserves outside parks like Kruger. Since 1993, the fences between these parks and Kruger have been steadily removed, resulting in free movement of big animals, a flourishing of their populations and increase in tourism revenues.



But there is still scope for improvement, more fences to be torn down. And a small initiative by a bunch of private individuals are doing their bit for the greater good. Wild Ark is a conservation organization founded by an Australian couple, Mark and Sophie Hutchinson. Following their lifelong passion for nature, wildlife and adventure tourism, the duo purchased a 4500 acre property on the borders of Kruger.



The Pridelands property, an erstwhile buffalo hunting reserve, is now the home of the Hutchinson family and their young children. And it is one of the focus areas of their Wild Ark initiative, which seeks to promote conservation and sustainable wildlife tourism. Wild Ark plans to extend the range of the greater Kruger reserve to include the Pridelands property. Their restoration of the nature reserve is currently progressing with the support of the local community.




Mike Baur and the Wenger and Vieli Accelerator Program

Mike Baur thought of everything before the doors were open for the SSUF. This includes the legal aspect of business. Baur was able to secure the aid of Wenger and Vieli for legal advice for young startups that choose to participate in the accelerator programs. The free legal advice will help entrepreneurs learn more about what is required of them in order to start their business and open their doors to the public, as well as the guidelines they must follow as well as compliance issues that they may face in their marketplace. The legal counsel is available to these entrepreneurs every second Monday, and in order to secure a spot an appointment must be made.


There are numerous considerations to be made when starting your business. How will you set up your business for tax purposes? Is it an LLC or will you be a corporation? Additionally, finance is a major issue, with documentation of how the funding of the company was acquired. Any and all fundraising for capital must be tracked, filed, and accounted for by all who are associated with the company. There are guidelines for those companies that may have employees in a commissioned role. There are numerous rules and regulations that stand out that companies are in need of and they must be accounted for when programs to bonus employees are rolled out.


Start-ups will have the opportunity to sit with the lawyer for 20 minutes to ask their questions and cover those legal matters that they feel are important to them. These sessions are all done on a pro-bono basis thanks to Baur and the SSUF. This firm is passionate about the ecosystem of Switzerland and how they can help boost the economy. Giving these startups a hand-up is one of the greatest contributions they could make, and it encourages entrepreneurs to keep striving to build their company.


Wenger and Vieli currently have offices in Zurich and Zug, and they serve the SSUF with top international locations as they continue to help startups grow and accelerate. Businesses need a strong grasp on tax law and Baur is seeing to it that they get the introduction to this all important issue before they get started.

The Extraordinary History Of Sheldon Lavin And The OSI Group

Sheldon Lavin first started on his a food-processing journey as a consultant for Otto and Sons in 1970. He later decided to remain with Otto & Sons after securing financing to build a meat processing plant for the company.

Otto & Sons eventually became OSI Group LLC and today Mr. Lavin is the Chief Executive Officer of the organization. His influence has pushed OSI Group to becoming an international leader in the food processing industry throughout the world. With locations in Asia, Eastern Europe and North America. OSI Group has attracted a high caliber clientele as a result of the companies extensive distribution network and global reach. Supplying meat to companies such as Papa Johns Pizza, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Subway.

As a multi-billion dollar company, OSI Group has been able to extend its reach to 16 countries. Creating ready made products such as sausage, beef and pizza. In the past few years the company has expanded its operations to China. Investing over $750 million in building new infrastructure. This expansion has included a few factories that will process millions of chicken on a yearly basis.

Mr. Sheldon Lavin is also known for many extraordinary accomplishments throughout his lifetime. The company has received rewards for their high standards in health and environmental management. One of his most recent accomplishments was receiving the Global Visionary Award in India.

Awarded by India’s Vision World Academy the award recognizes Mr. Lavin’s contribution to business in India. OSI Group has 8 locations in India processing a variety of fruit, meat and vegetable products. This award specifically honors those who have been able to demonstrate a persevering spirit in accomplishing their goals. The reward honors visionaries in a variety of industries and Sheldon Lavin is the fifth recipient.

In addition to the expansion of OSI Group throughout the world the company has also received a number of awards due to their push for environmental sustainability. CEO Sheldon Lavin hopes to leave a legacy of positively impacting the environment for future industry leaders in the food processing industry. Sheldon Lavin is also involved in several charities including Ronald McDonald House.

Jason Halpern’s Accomplishments in Real Estate Development

Jason Halpern: Real Estate Entrepreneur

Jason Halpern is a famous real estate developer. In 2010, he took control of the family business which has continued doing well since then. The family business, JMH Development, has invested approximately $500 million state projects in New York. Their investments also include; transforming a warehouse into 340 apartments. JMH Development has also developed Townhouses of Cobble Hill Projects. In the project, the company added nine luxury townhouses in Brooklyn. JMH Development under the leadership of Jason Halpern Remains committed to creating unique and innovative buildings for commercial and rental use in different parts of New York.

Aloft and Jason Halpern

Jason Halpern is the managing partner and founder of JMH Development. Jason served as the principle of JMH Development from 2010 through 2014. His development company has an experience of more than 50 years managing and constructing properties in different parts of New York. His family has built top rated business premises and numerous residential apartments in New York. Over the years, the company has gained a reputation for high standards in real estate development.

Jason Halpern with Crunchbase Production

Halpern is passionate about the construction of unique properties. This quality distinguishes him from other investors in the real estate industry. Due to his passion, he is committed to offering satisfaction to clients and to see that his company brings revolutionary changes to real estate development. The company is well known for its innovative designs and the luxury apartments. He is also a hardworking individual who ensures that JMH Development grows and expands projects throughout the United States.

Daniel de la Vega, Aviv Siso, Laura Garcia, Louis Buckworth, Thomas Juul Hansen and Jason Halpern

Jason is committed to donating to charitable activities in the local community. He supports Halpern Trauma hub which offers orthopedic surgery, heart surgery, reconstruction of detached limbs, and challenging emergency neurosurgeries among others. In 2015, JMH Development donated $20,000 to finance water projects in Ethiopia and Nepal. Jason is also dedicated to utilizing his skills to help others in the development of their businesses.

Jason’s Family

With his outstanding construction expertise, insight and vision, Halpern has led JMH Development in the development and acquisition of numerous properties across the United States. Some of the properties the company has acquired are historically landmark buildings. The company, under the leadership of Jason Halpern, remains a trendsetter in the development of innovative buildings.