Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group CEO

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, LLC, Sheldon Lavin, has been in the meat industry for nearly fifty years, steadily ascending to the forefront of the business. Although today Sheldon Lavin recognized as one of the premier figures in the meat industry, his rise has been a long process; one that saw him beginning in an entirely different industry. Mr. Lavin began his start in the business world as a very successful investor executive, thriving in the banking industry. While holding an executive position in the banking world, he was also the head of his own financial consultant firm. It is accurate to say that Mr. Lavin began his foray into the meat industry as an outsider, but he would eventually take OSI Group from a small meat supplier to a major meat supplier for McDonald’s Corporation as well as other worldwide corporations.
OSI Group currently employs nearly 20,000 people across the world, many of which have been longtime employees, serving the company for 10 years or more. Many credit OSI Group’s high rates of employee retention to Mr. Lavin’s family oriented environment in the workplace. Keeping a close-knit working relationship with his nearly 20,000 employees have helped to keep a strong sense of morale within the workplace while taking OSI Group to heights never imaginable before his participation with the company. In 1970, while attempting to secure funding for Otto and Son’s, which would later become OSI Group, Mr. Lavin was asked by the bank to stay on as a partner in order improve company relations. The deal with Otto and Son’s would allow them to become the major meat supplier in the Midwest for McDonald’s Corporation. Mr. Lavin was hesitant to become a partner initially but agreed to take a consulting position for the company, with the option to become a partner at a later date, all with the same advantages as the Otto family. By the end of the 1970’s, at the behest of McDonald’s Corporation, Mr. Lavin became a full-time partner within Otto and Son’s, and would soon transform it into the OSI Group that we see today.

About Sheldon Lavin: www.theofficialboard.com/biography/sheldon-lavin-d4824

Livio Bisterzo: Making Healthy Snacks Foods That Taste Great

Livio Bisterzo is a unique visionary, CEO and co-founder of Green Park Brands. His passion for food led him to create a brandable, inventive and healthy food line in the health and wellness industry. Green Park Brands parent company, Green Park Holdings, employs a portfolio that includes multiple food and beverage lines. The company’s mission is to offer nutritious but tasty food options while supporting a sustainable product with a small carbon footprint. Livio Bisterzo is a leader for change in the health food industry, driving a new way of doing business with a focus on positive social impacts.

Green Park Brands unveiled its first snack food called Hippeas in 2015 and it has been a big hit with consumers ever since. Hippeas has been branded by Livio Bisterzo as the “better for you” snack. Made with organic chickpeas, Hippeas comes in six delicious flavors and has a wide appeal to people looking for a snack that’s made with the best ingredients and that is high in nutrition. Green Park Brands doesn’t just talk about social change, they make it – Livio Bisterzo donates part of the profit from every bag of Hippeas sold to Farm Africa. Farm Africa is a charitable organization that helps East African chickpea farmers become self sufficient. In more recent news, Green Park Brands is partnering with natural fruit flavored seltzer drink purveyor Ugly Drinks. Hugh Thomas and Joe Benn, the founders of Ugly Drinks, will run the company as a separate entity from Green Park Brands but will help launch the new product.

Livio Bisterzo is a born entrepreneur, starting his first campaign in events and marketing while still in college. He attended the prestigious University of the Arts in London where he graduated with an honors degree in Fashion Business Management. After college, he went on the create the Alvaro Group and in 2011 founded the Little Miracle Drinks beverage line. Livio Bisterzo is an investor and advisor to the social media site Snax.