Sheldon Lavin is the Chief executive officer of OSI Group. OSI Group is privately owned American holding company that focuses on meat processing. It is also involved in the retail food business. Sheldon got engaged with the group in 1973 when they needed financing to expand their business. He saw potential in the company that was then called Otto and Sons. He invested both capital and time in the venture and had led the company for over four successful decades. Over the years, Sheldon has transformed the company into a global retailer and food supplier. Sheldon joined the meat industry as a consultant with the Otto heirs. He had worked in the banking and financial sector where he was vastly experienced.
Sheldon purchased controlling shares in the company in 1980 and became a partner together with the two sons. He was impressed with the firm’s business culture and strategies and therefore decided to become a full-time partner. He also cultivated a rare culture in the company where employees are treated as a global family. He became the Chairman and CEO of OSI Group with the aim of converting it into an international retailer of food products. The corporation has also quadrupled its labor force with over 20,000 employees internationally and with over 60 facilities in more than 16 countries. OSI Group developed long-standing connections with the McDonald’s franchise when it was just a small startup. The founder of McDonalds Ray Kroc agreed with Otto Kolschowsky to be its exclusive supplier of beef.
Sheldon Lavin was presented with the Global Visionary Award in 2016 for his outstanding success with the OSI Group in creating of employment worldwide. Lavin says that he was glad to see his life’s work being appreciated as he had spent most of his life committed to the success of the corporation and its employees. Under Larvin’s tutelage, the company has garnered numerous awards that recognize its contributions to environmental conservation and sustainability. Sheldon Lavin is an enthusiastic philanthropist with a generous heart. He is involved in many charity foundations such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Jewish United Fund and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago just to mention a few.
OSI has been ranked among the top most companies in the food and beverages docket. With its recent acquisitions such as Baho Food and Flagship Europe, Sheldon hopes to guide OSI Industries in providing modern food processing to countries worldwide.
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