Approximately 43 years ago, Sheldon Lavin joined the meat processing giant, OSI Group, after leading a successful career as an investment manager and a bank executive. He was also the owner of a consulting firm at the time.
Sheldon joined OSI Group in 1970 when he was approached by his bank to oversee the allocation of finances to Otto & Sons, a meat processing company, which required funds to help in their planned expansion plans. He played a significant role in arranging for the funds that the company needed. This successful arrangement made the bank suggest that he be given an ownership role in the company, but Sheldon declined the offer. However, he continued offering consultation services to the company.
In 1975, Sheldon’s presence at Otto & Sons became more noticeable when the company started looking for investment opportunities in overseas countries. He was therefore appointed by the firm to work with the two sons of the company’s founder. He agreed to work full time in the organization after being impressed by the company’s strategies and their business culture. Since he joined the company, Sheldon Lavin has helped the company to grow into an international food supplier giant from a domestic company in Chicago. From his leadership, the company has now employed over 20,000 people internationally. When asked about their employees’ longevity and loyalty, Sheldon attributed this to the company’s family-oriented traditions and practices.
In the recent years, Sheldon Lavin the Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, has been helping the company to extend its presence internationally. He embarked on assisting the firm to make acquisitions in different markets in several countries. Some of the acquired companies include Baho Food and Flagship Europe; the latter was purchased to increase the company’s presence in Europe. Sheldon Lavin has expressed his hope of bringing the modern food processing company to various countries around the globe.
Under his skilful leadership, OSI Group has won prestigious awards and has been recognized globally. The company has been honoured several times for its efforts in environmental conservation and management. In early 2016, he was also recognized by India’s Vision World Academy where he was presented with the Global Visionary Award. The award recognizes visionary leaders who have achieved their dreams through perseverance and persistence in their work. This was the fifth time the award was being given out and the first time it was awarded to Sheldon Lavin.