The name of Sheldon Lavin is usually associated with the OSI Group of which he is the CEO. He has been instrumental in the company’s international expansion through the acquisitions of Flagship Europe and Baho Food. He wants countries throughout the world to have access to modern food processing. Sheldon Lavin began his career in banking and owned a consultant firm. He has been dedicated to the meat industry for 43 years. Due to his hard work and talent the OSI Group supplies food products internationally. There is little turnover among the 20,000 employees due to the family oriented culture he introduced to the business.
Sheldon Lavin became involved in the industry in 1970. He provided the financial organization required by the then Otto & Sons. The overseas investments sought by the company in 1975 led to a greater involvement with the business. The two sons appointed Sheldon Lavin as a partner once their father had retired. He was impressed with the strategies and culture of the company and agreed to begin serving the company full time.
This was the start of the company’s road to expansion throughout Europe and North America during the 1970’s. By the 1980’s the business had moved to South America and Taiwan. The expansion continued and encompassed numerous countries including South Africa, the Philippines and Australia. At this point in time Sheldon Lavin had all of the voting control for the company. He continued expanding the business until the number of facilities in 16 nations reached sixty.
Sheldon Lavin is also active in philanthropy. He is involved with several charities including the Jewish United Fund and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. His efforts resulted in being honored with the Global Visionary Award presented by the Vision World Academy in India in February of 2016. This was in recognition of his unwavering perseverance and persistence in obtaining his goals and dreams. The fifth time this award was presented to distinguished visionaries he was the recipient.
The OSI Group has been presented with other awards under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin. This includes the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour. This award was in recognition of the creative techniques he developed to minimize the pollution on the environment. Forbes named the OSI Group the leading firm in the beverage and food market and they ranked 66th in the world. These awards were the direct result of the impeccable administration and skill of Sheldon Lavin.
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