Sheldon Lavin is the CEO and Chairman at OSI Group, LLC. He is also the President of OSI International Foods Ltd. OSI Group is the most extensive global food products, supplier. They mainly deal with food production and development, supply chain management and distribution throughout the world. He had a vision while he was young; he wanted to operate a business in which he owned. To facilitate this dream, he studied accounting and finance from a prestigious university.
Sheldon Lavin attained in-depth knowledge of the industry due to his involvement in the financing of the first Otto & Sons Company. This is the first meat processing company, which was established by Kolschowsky in West Chicago. The company later changed its name from Otto & Sons to OSI Group after it merged with McDonald’s. Under his leadership, Sheldon Lavin has overseen a tremendous growth from a retail meat shop to an internationally recognized company. The company operates in over 17 countries, serving from over 70 facilities. The products are mainly proteins although they also produce sauce snacks, vegetables, and baked foods.
When asked about how he oversaw the growth of OSI Group to its current state, Sheldon Lavin explained that the company, unlike other typical companies, is an entrepreneurial company with rules, strategies, levels of leadership, financial budgets, and a culture. The firm is built on a strong cultural foundation, making it operate like a family, where every stakeholder has a way to air his ideas. The company appreciates every member for his contribution towards its success. At work, everybody is equal to the other employee. This is seen by how they take their lunch in the corporate office and how they address each other by the first names, that is including the CEO, who is named as Sheldon or Shelly. The company is not only concerned by the welfare of the employees only but also their families’ too.
This strategy was the best in venturing into business, and it has proven to be working. Apart from the success in the enterprise, OSI Group also takes part in charitable events as a way of giving back to the community. The vision of Sheldon Lavin for the company is to make sure that its growth does not stop. The goal is to become a leading food industry in the whole world.