Sheldon Lavin moved into the meat industry roughly 43 years ago after a successful career in banking as well as having a consultant company. He became the CEO and chairman of OSI Group and has subsequently transformed the business into an international distributor of food products. The firm is presently the most massive meat and meat related products processor, and they have been in operation since the early seventies. The corporation has an estimated 20,000 employees internationally. Mr. Sheldon boasts of the low turnover of employees, which he ascribes to the family-oriented corporate culture at the company that guarantees their longevity.
Sheldon Lavin first entered into the meat industry in 1970 when he facilitated financing for Otto & Sons. In 1975, Lavin became more engaged with Otto & Sons as searched for more investments abroad. Due to his active involvement in the company, Lavin was appointed as a partner along with the two sons when their father retired from the business. Later, Mr. Sheldon agreed to move into the market on a full-time basis since he was captivated by the culture of the company and the strategies employed by the corporation.
OSI Group started its journey of spreading out across Europe and North America in the 1970s. In the 1980s, it progressed to South America and Taiwan. Subsequently, it expanded to South Africa, Philippines, Japan, China, and Australia. During this time Lavin had attained 100% voting control of the company. Presently, the OSI Group has more than 60 factories in 16 different countries across the globe. Moreover, Sheldon Lavin is an active philanthropist engaged in various charities such as Evans Scholarship Fund, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Jewish United Fund among many others.
On 20th February 2016, Sheldon Lavin got honored by Vision World Academy from India with the Global Visionary Award in an event held in India. This award acknowledges visionaries in various sectors that have achieved their dreams through perseverance and persistence. He received the award during the Academy’s fifth recognition of prominent visionaries.
Moreover, OSI Group has earned other vital awards counting the Globe of Honor Award conferred by the British Safety Council. This award acknowledged firms that have developed unique techniques of downgrading environmental pollution. OSI Group was also positioned as the 66th corporation in the food and beverage market and declared by Forbes as the leading company in the globe. All these honors were made possible due to the impeccable administration of Sheldon.
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