Food processing is by any standard one of the most important industries in any society. To be engaged in the trade requires you to have a special set of skills that will give you the necessary expertise. The food industry by necessity is a heavily regulated one, and operators have to develop high standards to survive. It is in this high discipline sector that the OSI Group has established itself as a major player.
Led by Sheldon Lavin who is the Chairman and CEO, the company has seen remarkable growth over the years. While Sheldon joined the food processing industry with relatively no experience, many experts agree that he has given a highly commendable performance.
Sheldon Lavin worked in the finance industry prior to joining the food processing sector. As a finance specialist, he offered consultancy services to the Otto & Sons Company in early 70’s. In 1975, Sheldon becomes a partner in the company. This was after he provided the financing that the company needed to start a meat processing facility. The new partners wanted to pursue aggressive growth to cover all major continents. Sheldon Lavin’s experience in the business world was then heavily needed to sustain growth beyond the usual borders.
As an astute businessman, Sheldon strategically worked towards developing a strategic advantage for the company. As of today, the company maintains an active presence in more than 16 countries with up to twenty thousand employees operating eighty facilities.With the magnificent performance the company has undergone since Sheldon took over, industry peers and observers have not failed to notice the developments.
Sheldon Lavin and OSI Group have received accolades over time. For positioning OSI on the world stage, Sheldon received the Global Vision Award in 2016. The Global Visionary Award is given to those who succeed in turning their little dream into a global venture that changes the lives of so many.
On the philanthropic front, Sheldon Lavin has made his contribution case even stronger. He contributes to the Ronald McDonald House, the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, the Jewish United Fund, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the United Negro College Fund, and the Inner City Foundation of Chicago.
Forty-three years working for OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin shows no signs of weakness. He still has the ambition to expand the company into more countries where they have not yet reached. Leveraging on the administrative efficiency he has established, more success is expected from Sheldon Lavin.