Sheldon Lavin’s Journey to the Top

Mr. Sheldon Lavin aged 81, is the chief executive officer of OSI group. He held a degree in finance and accounting and is a philanthropist who has contributed to many charities. Sheldon started his career as a financial consultant and also invested in the banking industry. Later, Sheldon Lavin developed an interest in the meat industry in 1970, after he assisted in financing for Otto and Sons which is now called OSI industries. He is also the president of OSI International Foods and the General Trustee in the medical center of Rush University.

Otto Kolschowsky started a meat market in the United States two years after he arrived from Germany. Later, he expanded it into a wholesale business, and in 1928 he named the company Otto & Sons. The company was famous for providing quality meat. Otto & Sons, has done a lot of jobs including supplying beef to McDonald’s restaurants and processed meat to supermarkets.

In 1970, Otto and Sons Company was the supplier for hamburgers to McDonalds Corporation, but they had limited funds and were unable to secure it. Mr. Lavin was requested to be a business partner, but he declined the offer. Later, became a business partner with Otto’s sons after their father retired from the business, which led to the change of the company’s name to OSI Group in 1975.The company has spread to countries all over the world, with over sixty facilities in sixteen states and this has made it the most significant meat supplier in the world.

Sheldon Lavin always believed in making OSI Group a world-class company. This has been achieved by operating the business as a family. There is a dialogue between the top managers and other workers. The working environment is amicable, and the workers address one another using the first name which has strengthened the family perspective at the workplace.

Under the leadership of Mr. Lavin, OSI Group has received numerous awards. These include health management and safety risks award. In 2016, the British Safety Council awarded the OSI Food Solutions UK a prestigious prize, Globe of Honor, based on its strategies for environment risk management. Mr. Lavin has also received the Global Visionary Award as a person who has converted his dream into reality by working hard to achieve his objectives. He recognized the OSI group for its excellent work in cooking, processing and packaging solutions. Sheldon Lavin has a vision of increasing profits for the company and making it the best food company in the world.

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