Only a handful of people have the drive to scour their career path to global recognition. Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of OSI Group LLC, an internationally renowned meat processing firm. Currently, he also serves in an equal capacity as the president of OSI International Foods Ltd and still plays a significant role in the firm’s daily operations.
He developed a keen interest in the industry in 1970 when he arranged the financing for the first meat processing plant, managed by Otto Kolshowski family in West Chicago, Illinois. Branded initially as Otto & Sons, the facility later changed to OSI Industries. Sheldon’s continued affiliation with the company led him to assume a partnership deal that has since, seen him become the owner. OSI Group LLC today boasts of over 60 branches in 17 different countries.
“I have always envisioned myself as an entrepreneur. My academic background was majorly finance and accounting. Hence, I followed that path,” remarked Sheldon, in an interview with CEOCFO Magazine. “From the start; my tacit mandate was to elevate the company to be a world-class processing firm.”
His high-profile entrepreneurial skills have received accolades from key industrial players. On February 20, 2016, he was the recipient of the highly coveted Global Visionary Award presented by the Vision World Academy in India. Speaking about his deserved feat, Sheldon Lavin said, “I am honored and humbled to receive a prestigious award as such, and I take pride in the efforts I have expended toward steering OSI Group to the global status it enjoys today.” Besides that, he is dedicated to the company’s welfare and the entire personnel fraternity.
Under his management, the company has also received several awards for environmental conservation and sustainability. According to Lavin, that’s a course that the next generation of corporate managers will hold in high regard. When inquisitions about his career successes, he said that his unspoken obligation is to be an inspiration to fledgling entrepreneurs, so they manage their respective company’s responsibly in a bid to push global commerce to higher scalability, while creating development opportunities for their staffs.
His Involvement in Charity
Apart from his business life, Sheldon Lavin involves himself in philanthropic deeds, in partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which shows passionate affinity to helping the less fortunate in the community. His vision for OSI Group is to carry on having profitable growth, expanding its services to high degree outcomes in all respects.
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