When researching about interesting subjects in Latin America we always find characters that are controversial, disruptive or some who just have an affinity with specific industries that are followed as gurus by their supporters. However, we rarely see all qualities in one single individual, in this particular case a multi-industry related CEO that have odd affinities for various sectors and who is as controversial and as acclaimed as any other Latin American Leader.
When you combine a double Doctorate in Finance and Management with a Maritime Naval and Aircraft Pilot Captain & Engineering Degree and throw an affinity for Languages and complex technological projects you get something like Dr. Teodoro Ernesto Lavin Sodi.
Born on September the 5th in a rather eccentric yet public Mexican family, Dr. Teodoro Lavin devoted its life mainly to the analysis of the international economy and its implications on financial entities, is considered an Expert on economic and ﬁnancial policy development and is a highly regarded specialist on Management, Financial Sustainability, Financial Technical Analysis, Scenario forecasting, Investment Banking, Futures and Derivatives, Foreign Exchange Markets, Technical and Financial Restructuring, Venture Capital, Purchasing, Supply Chain and Retail.
Although he is better known on his role as Consultant for major Banks and Financial Institutions worldwide, is currently member of various boards and committees of scientiﬁc and research related entities, currently presides and manages the Local Solar System Corporation; a private capital institution devoted to Scientiﬁc development and Research with presence in Canada, the United States, and the European Union.
Currently partakes as a board member for four major Banks in various countries. His main career being as controversial as unbelievable has been mainly focused on Economics, but this interest has led to many various companies, NGOs and Institutions that he has been involved with trough out the years, each of this, is or has been some kind of a marriage of Economics and some other industry. One of the most interesting is the merging of finance and Astronomical Research industries, the type of task only undertaken by a very specific type of individual.
Best tobacco in Mexico?
One of the many interests of Dr. Lavin has always been the tobacco and Cigar Industry; he is an avid Cigar smoker and has been teaching about the Cigar industry since early 2000s, currently recognized as one of the most charismatic speakers in the industry worldwide.
One of his oldest businesses was started in 1998 with the objective of emulating its Cuban competitors and the quality of their products in Mexico. His Cigar factory Grupo Tabacalero Lavin Cigar Co. produces 200 private and public brands including the internationally acclaimed San Teodoro Cigars, Julio Cesar, Sello de Oro, Glorias de España and Latinos cigars. The Cigar maker has currently two productions facilitates, one located in the South of Mexico City and the other in the San Andres Valley in Mexico’s Veracruz State and is arguably the best Mexican tobacco produced in the Country, currently is the only Mexican brand in the world being affected by piracy and product cloning which gives you an idea of the level of penetration and desire they inspire on the market.
The quality of their products is no coincidence, it is the result of years of Research & Development applied to different ageing techniques, various blends and multiple tobacco recipes that have been carefully crafted and personally tested by his owner. This cigar maker is one of the first companies that researched ageing techniques in cigars at high altitude, a key step in their manufacturing process that produces unique and complex tastes without the natural occurring earthiness of the Mexican tobacco which legend says also reduces and disable some of the harmful naturally occurring chemicals in cigars.
Its reduced health impact is unknown but based on the information available on the tobacco manufacturing industry last year, Lavin Cigar Co. was the third tobacco manufacturer in Mexico by volume and was recognized as the highest quality cigar maker by rankers including various awards for the quality of its flag products including a line of unique raw materials commonly known as “maduro” wrappers (Capas) which are being exported to other major cigar manufacturers in Central America & the Caribbean.
Their San Teodoro Cigars are certainly unique in the world and are recognized thanks to the strict supervision of ageing and all the environmental factors of the entire production process which traditionally in cigars are left to nature and in this case are supervised directly by a state of the art monitoring system designed by Lavin himself which was at the time revolutionary for the cigar industry, from initial germination, ripening, harvesting, maturation, rolling (Torcido) and even aging under the strictest electronic supervision and finest woods using world quality production standards.
Disruption of the cigar market has been an axiom for the company that introduced the world to high altitude ageing, crystal tubes and to the Red Cedar lining in its individual cigars. They continue to be at the forefront of innovation and have changed the way the industry now engages in production practices. Tobaccos from diverse blends are harvested in cultivation centers where all the variables of the growth cycle are controlled electronically; so, they can carefully watch and strictly observe the conditions in which these plants are growth. In the case of some of their Premium brands the unique maturation and ageing process of more than 5 years in fine woods such as white Spanish cedar, Mexican red cedar, and others fine woods, give a unique and globally recognized flavour to these brands.
Positioning in market
This is a Mexican company that has dedicated its lifespan to position itself as the best producer of quality Tobacco products that Mexico can offer, creating as a by-product a new Tobacco culture embraced by many old and new cigar lovers. Under the personal supervision of “The Doctor” as he is casually called by employees, the production process that makes the range of products commercialized unequaled and has prompted a unique cult-type following philosophy in its consumers who believe that this tobacco is the best in the world and it has no comparison with any other.
The interest of Lavin Cigar Co. has been replaced by the commercial scoop of the market; here their primary interest is not to have a highly commercial product, rather their interest is to have the best product that can be produced no matter how complicated, strenuous or limited the production is.
Another company that Doctor Teodoro Lavin Sodi presides is also headquartered in Mexico City. iStrategize, an international financial analysis, advisory, and research firm focusing on the economy, business, and regulatory policies and the impact these policies have on the financial services industry locally and globally is at the forefront of research that is mainly focused in banking, systemic risks, capital markets, and the insurance industry. Their published analysis delivers all-inclusive advice oriented to Financial Service Providers that provides a unique and extensive source of curated data tailored specifically for the industry.
Dr. Sodi who routinely participates in Speaking Engagements representing the company has been presiding the Boutique Consulting Group since its inception in March 2016 and is considered one of the leading economic analysts in its niche. Working with banks & financial institutions they have the tendency to become the catalyst by challenging basic assumptions and ensuring they stay at the forefront of industry trends; this methodology has become a staple of the company that now delivers services to clients located in more than 10 countries globally.
Analysts inside and out
One of the main success has gathering staff that has been seasoned in the financial industry and within regulatory bodies. This array of unique experience gives the company a clear knowledge of the inner works of finance not seen by outsiders, helping their clients correctly read and understand where the market is really heading, they become their set of eyes by providing a unique point of view amalgamated with tailored research and experience, an overall consultancy services that are unique to the industry and a clear successor to the firm.
Based on the information published by the entity the array of services provided are relative to Commissioned Research specifically tailored for the clients, M&A Strategic Fit Assessment which is a key step before any Merger or Acquisition of any kind, Strategic and Market Positioning for both branding and Services and Targeted Strategic Training mainly in regards to compliance and best financial practices for financial entities.
The Link between Science and Finance
For the last plus 10 years, Dr. Teodoro Lavin Sodi has been Presiding Local Solar System Corporation, the parent holding of various non-profit entities based in the G10 economies of the world and serve within the board for every single entity.
The Local Solar System Corporation is the holding of the Local Solar System Research Institute, the Light Foundation, and the Local Solar System Science Magazine.
The Local Solar System Research Institute Is an international Research Institution with presence in more than 10 countries specifically consigned to perform research and development of emerging and disruptive technologies in the Medical, Aerospace and Sustainable Energy Production industries.
Has the objective of preaching key non-scientific players on the importance of scientific research and its impact on their specific industry, Dr. Lavin has achieved this by distributing leading Scientific Information doctored and digested specifically for the financial services industry and specific regulatory bodies, such information is catered to facilitate capital raising for the development of disruptive technology in such fields by any third party involved in such development.
Local Solar System Research Institute is recognized internationally as one of the only entities enabling the effective and financially sustainable development of new disruptive technologies.
The Light Foundation, a non-profit entity based in Switzerland dedicated to raising awareness within the international Industrial community in regards to light, water, and plastic pollution within our Planet is also presided by Dr. Lavin directly. The foundation has become a social trend due to the use of a glowing bracelet to raise awareness, Red for Light pollution, Green for Environmental Pollution and Blue for Water Pollution.
The foundation is doing a real difference, as they are working together with Banks and Financial Institutions to build sustainable solutions that are both congruent and financially compatible with current industrial practices.
Finally, the Local Solar System Science Magazine (LSSSM), is a private distribution newspaper oriented to financial players with scientifically relevant content, they aim to build sustainable solutions that are both congruent and financially compatible to current industrial practices.
Established in 2003 with the help of 25 leading Scientists in various disciplines is now Presided by Dr. Lavin and has grown to become one of the world’s leading targeted study publications for business analysts seeking guidance on applying Science to Capitalism.
Forget Circles with Delta Prima
Struggling with child dysgraphia originated by the mandatory implementation of cursive on its early years he embarked himself (and unwillingly embarked his teachers too) on a quest to change the typeface we all regularly use when taking notes. He devised a typeface with the absence of curves and specifically circles (which he considered a time consuming and difficult figure to draw) and independently developed what is now called the Delta Prima Pictogram writing system, composed of 36 symbols and 24 roman & Latin equivalents that are based all on triangular shape characters designed for optimization of time which are currently used in a multitude of implementation scenarios, some remarkable are the assignation of absolute values in Financial Mathematics & and Financial Information Systems, Delta Prima is unsurprisingly also currently being used to treat Dysgraphia on children.
Currently unmarried and with an extensive experience in aviation and high altitude exploration there is not much information on the private life of this Controversial yet iconic Character, his public achievements, however, give us a glimpse and a unique perspective on how an industry leader can disrupt and merge incompatible players, the current undertakings in general provide a platform for unrelated industries to coexist and benefit each other in a proactive and constructive way delivering solutions to independent players that otherwise would not be able to interact, thanks to his strong desire to innovate Dr. Lavin is and will remain the subject of study for us.