The Man behind outstanding OSI success Sir Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin is the chairman and chief executive officer of OSI Group LLC. His experience as a banker and investor; coupled with extensive knowledge in the industry has contributed to the growth of OSI group from a domestic food processing company to an international leader in the industry.

OSI has more than 60 locations started across 60 different countries. It is interesting to note that in all these different states- with employees of over 20000- OSI Company culture is consistent and cohesive.

OSI Group company was incorporated in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky as a butcher shop and meat market in Chicago. I n 1970 Sheldon Lavin joined the company -then referred to as Otto &Sons- as a finance consultant, at a time when the company was seeking funds to carry out expansion after been selected as the first hamburger supplier to MacDonald’s.

In 1973, under his leadership, the company opened an individual plant to serve MacDonald. In 1975, he became a partner when Otto & sons required international investment funds for the sake of expanding other countries outside the United States. It is in this season that Otto &Sons changed the name to OSI Group.

As a result of implementing the market-focused strategy as well as several acquisitions, Osi has become one of the largest food processing companies globally.

Sheldon Lavin’s key pillars and values include sustainability, green practices, and food safety. He is passionate about developing and growing companies in responsible ways. He has demonstrated this by implementing new technologies and strategies aimed at increasing efficiency and decreasing destruction of environment due to companies operations.

OSI group has created two culinary innovation centers in the United States and China and a separate center in Chicago. These centers will aid in supporting research and development efforts.

The company has been awarded several prestigious environmental and sustainability awards under his watches such as global visionary awards, the North America institute ecological award, the British safety council’s globe of honor and the California green business award.

Sheldon Lavin is also a renowned philanthropist. He enjoys donating charities to the sick, those in need of college funds, suffering from chronic illness to mention a few. For years, he has also been donating to the Ronald Macdonald house charities.

Moreover, he alludes to his highlights in a career is being able building OSI company internationally, raising three children with his wife as well as supporting communities along his sphere of influence.

Sheldon Lavin: Philanthropist, Beloved Business Leader And Acknowledged Global Visionary

The ability that Sheldon Lavin has shown in transforming the butcher shop and American Midwest based meat supplier Otto & Sons into a company the provides dough, vegetable, fish and meat products to consumers in 85 countries has made him a global icon. What makes it even more impressive is that Lavin’s background is in accounting and banking. He became involved in the food processing industry while helping Otto & Sons get the resources to better serve their customers in the Chicago area. Realizing the company’s growth potential, Lavin bought enough stock to control the company once the owners retired.

The work Sheldon Lavin has been able to do with the OSI Group is nothing short of amazing. By purchasing companies like Baho Foods, Flagship Europe and Amick Farms, building 10 poultry processing facilities in China and establishing food processing centers in Central and South America, Eastern Europe, Japan, India and Australia, he has taken an American niche market company and made it into an international powerhouse. What is just as impressive is Lavin’s ability to guide the company to produce foods specially conceived to satisfy people from many different cultures.

Even as the OSI Group has grown exponentially, Sheldon Lavin has never wavered in his commitment to creating the best environmental management and worker safety policies possible. Those policies have helped the OSI Group win the Globe of Honor from the British Safety Council several times as well as winning numerous awards for their ‘green’ practices from organizations all over the world. Lavin is also beloved by his employees because of his warm, welcoming attitude and the generous benefits he offers to his workers and their loved ones. To Lavin, the company’s family atmosphere is one of his proudest achievements.

But Sheldon Lavin has much more of which he can be proud. In addition to building the OSI Group into an international food processing leader, he is also a generous philanthropist who has supported a wide array of charitable causes for decades. His support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago has played an important role in the programs those organizations run. When the Global Vision Academy chose to honor Sheldon Lavin with their Global Visionary award, it was a fitting acknowledgement for the decades of positive work that he has done. building the OSI Group into a very successful global brand.

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