Nitin Khanna: The Entrepreneurial Spirit

The Life of Nitin Khanna

Nitin Khanna immigrated to America when he was 17 years old. Born in India, he obtained his entrepreneurial spirit from his family. His father was in the army, and the rest of his family pursued many different business ventures including a motorcycle parts factory and a cement plant. After attending one of the best educational institutions in Asia, The Lawrence School, he soon found himself as a leading candidate for Purdue University.

Nitin Khanna obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Purdue in Industrial Engineering. His vast education laid the groundwork for a robust career that he would pursue in the world of business. He knew he still had much to learn and even more to offer.


Nitin Khanna founded Saber Corporation in 1998. Saber Corporation became the largest provider of state government solutions in the United States. Saber Corporation had yearly revenue of $120 million before he sold the company to EDS for $460 million. Nitin assisted EDS and was able to grow the company to a yearly revenue of $300 million.

Nitin’s experience at Saber Corp. gave him the experience he needed to help him start his next company, MergerTech. MergerTech was founded in 2009 and is a boutique technology bank that provides M&A advice.

Nitin has also pursued new markets in the medical and recreational cannabis industry. Nitin Khanna founded Cura Cannabis in 2015 and it has already become one of the largest cannabis oil providers in Oregon.

Aside from his own business ventures, Nitin also sits on the boards of Freewire Broadband, Vendscreen, the Classic Wines Auction and TiE Oregon. Nitin also advises many companies in cloud, social and mobiles spaces.

Nitin believes in the power of social media and is one thing that really excites him as an entrepreneur. Every entrepreneur should live by his words of wisdom. Nitin says to not be anxious, be steady and patient and to work had and be fair in all your dealings.

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Chief Marketing Officer, Steve Lesnard, Leading Sustainability at The North Face

Sustainability has been at the heart of what The North Face does since it began in 1966. The explorer-gear company’s foundation is a love for the outdoors and the promotion and protection of natural playgrounds. It’s taking the opportunity this holiday season to give back to the community by making sustainable practices a central part of The North Face’s product manufacturing. The North Face is releasing its Eco Heritage Collection this fall, which uses recycled materials to remake classic outerwear from the 1990s. These products use 100 percent recycled fleece and have a lifetime warranty.

The Eco Heritage Collection also includes The North Face’s newest, most innovative, durable and breathable waterproof material called Futurelight, which also consists of 90 percent recycled products. In this regard, The North Face leads not only in innovation but also in sustainability. The North Face’s commitment to sustainability continues with its Renewed Collection, which conserves materials from production scraps or defects to make new products with a lifetime warranty, thereby saving on waste and energy.  One of the most significant contributors to environmental pollution is the apparel industry.

To counteract that, The North Face has initiated the Cali Wool collection. Production for this collection, which The North Face makes in the US, not only limits its carbon footprint but works to stay positive by carefully thinking through all stages of wool production from farm to shelf. Such efforts include land-management techniques to reinvest carbon dioxide and enrich the soil. The North Face’s unveiling of its team-tested, ultra-thin Futurelight material, made with nano-spinning technology, is headed by Chief Marketing Officer, Steve Lesnard, a champion of outdoors activities and natural surroundings. Steve Lesnard has an impressive campaign portfolio, including marketing for two Olympics, the European region and top brands, resulting in $5.3 billion in returns.

Steve Lesnard Spearheads Promising Marketing Campaign For North Face’s Innovative Futurelight

The well respected and recognized outdoor wear company, North Face, needed someone who can introduce cutting edge innovation in fabric technology for athletic wear. And get it into the hands of pros and athletes around the world. It’ll require one who can bring as much cutting edge innovation in marketing. That’s what North Face’s Global VP of Marketing Steve Lesnard is all about, introducing North Face’s latest breakthrough fabric innovation, Futurelight. Steve Lesnard is all about innovation and marketing. He has had a successful career having led successful launching of iconic brands and unlikely niches on the global stage.

And with this latest launching of North Face’s Futurelight, Steve Lesnard has the best of worlds. His marketing innovation on top of the fabric ingenuity is to bring physical technology to the athletes who will wear them. Working closely with his niche market to inform the design of the best possible athletic wear is pure genius. Steve Lesnard’s marketing process starts with that one big idea, the result of what technological innovation has to offer and what his niche market needs. Then he takes that idea and brings to bear that one solid strategy to get it out there. One compelling idea. One effective strategy.

Steve Lesnard gets his athletes continuously informing how his innovative design is going to be and how it is best communicated globally. What can build better trust with your customers than that? That’s how Steve Lesnard creates meaningful innovation. Steve Lesnard has had extensive successful experience in global brand campaigns including Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics. He was responsible for the rise of a niche market of women’s marketing business around the world and turning it into a multi-billion dollar industry. With North Face and its latest nanospinning fabric innovation, Steve Lesnard will make his next successful legacy.

Smita Shah; Chair of Chicago Sister Cities International Delhi Committee

Recently, Smita Shah, together with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Andrea Zopp (the Chief Executive Officer of World Business Chicago), First Lady Amy Eshelman, and Senator Dick Durbin, met at the annual Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi luncheon. The luncheon marked the fifth year of honoring Gandhi for inspiring civil rights movements internationally.


At the Event, Mayor Lightfoot announced that 2nd October 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. Gandhi was a renowned leader who advocated for all individuals (both the poor and the disenfranchised), championed the causes of economic opportunity, education, and equality among everyone. He was also recognized for his non-violent passive resistance philosophy.


Chicago city boasts of its traditional way of celebrating international communities and their cultures and has a rich and long history of friendship with Indian communities. This friendship goes way back to 1893, when a young philosopher, monk, and author, Swami Vivekananda went to the Columbian Exposition for the World Parliament of Religions.


The Chicago Sister Cities International Delhi Committee


Chicago Sister Cities International is a branch of World Business Chicago that is committed to sharing ideas and building bridges between the city and its international partners and communities. It promotes tourism, international education, cross-cultural arts, global government, and business exchange.


Smita Shah joined the Chicago Sister Cities International and is the Chair of the Delhi Committee. She believes that this is a way of continuing global leadership as well as acknowledging the diversity of the communities in Chicago.


About Smita Shah


Smita Shah serves as the CEO and President of SPAAN Tech, Inc., which she founded in 1998. SPAAN Technology is a technology and a project management company based in Chicago that she started after graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master’s in Civil and environmental engineering.


Her company was No. 1821, on the list of’ the 5000 fastest-growing private companies’ posted on Inc. magazine. Over the past decade, SPAAN Tech, Inc. has grown to $10 million in yearly revenue and fifty staff members.


SPAAN Technology is also part of a 14 million dollar joint venture that is planning to design electrical systems for navigation aids and lighting for an upcoming runway, which is scheduled to open in November. 20. The venture is part of the $ 6.6 billion expansion of O’Hare International Airport.


Smita Shah moves easily in many sectors, including political events, construction sites, and community galas. She was an intern in the White House Office of the Chief of Staff after college. Here she was two doors down from the President’s office (President Bill Clinton), and her work entailed filing paperwork and answering phones.


After two years, she was appointed as the youngest delegate by the Illinois Democratic Party during the Democratic National Convention in 1996. Since that time, she has worked at the Platform Committee and Rules Committee at conventions in2004 and 2008. Learn more:


She also sits on the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Auxiliary Council and organizes programs for the American Society of Civil Engineers (Illinois chapter. She is the Head of the Delhi Sister Cities International Program.

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OSI Group Is Making Food For McDonalds And Also Making Meatless “Meat”

OSI Group is based in Aurora, Illinois, not far from Chicago. It has been around for over one hundred years and is a food supplier to restaurants such as McDonalds. Impossible Foods, which makes a meatless burger, has recently started gaining popularity as it was introduced into Burger King restaurants. The demand has become so great for the vegan burger that Impossible Foods needed to seek out a manufacturer to help it keep up with it, and the manufacturer that it chose to get the job done was OSI Group McDonalds.

OSI Group has delivered high-quality food to many restaurants throughout the years. It has facilities not only in the Chicago area but all around the world and one of the biggest partnerships that it has made over the years is with McDonalds. People are getting curious about whether or not the fast-food chain will start serving the Impossible Foods meatless burger now that it and its manufacturer have made a connection. No one has confirmed it yet but when asked if it would be happening, the senior vice president of Impossible Foods responded that it can’t be ruled out as a possibility.

Impossible Foods didn’t expect to receive such a big response from consumers and that is why it didn’t have a plan for how to make as many burgers as were needed in such a short time after introducing it into Burger King restaurants. It knew that it needed to make a partnership with a manufacturer that has the experience and the facilities to get the meatless burgers needed quickly and OSI Group was the logical choice because of how many years it has been in the industry and the connections that it established with fast food brands. Impossible Foods sells its products to 400 distributors and is adding new restaurants to the list all of the time.

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