Sheldon Lavin: Inspiring Future Leadership Today

Sheldon Lavin is a passionate entrepreneur, an innovator, and a finance enthusiast. He is an accounting and finance major. Lavin successfully branded himself as a leader in the food processing industry. Before, joining OSI group, he served as an investment banker and financial consultant. During this period, he facilitated financing of the premiere meat processing facility for Otto & Sons now OSI group. He became the third partner in 1970 together with Otto Kolschowsky’s sons. Later, he became half partner and eventually gained full control of the company.

Mr. Lavin’s role then was both strategic and administrative. His main pursuit was to make the company a global leader in food processing industry through growth and innovation. By 1975, the group rebranded to OSI group and had ventured into the global markets and other products. The group now has subsidiaries in Europe, South America, USA, and Asia in over 60 locations. Sheldon Lavin also oversaw the diversification of OSI group’s products. Other than meats (beef, chicken, pork), their product portfolio includes baked goods, vegetable products, fruits, sauces and other proteins. In a bid to further expand, he strategically pursued acquisitions and joint ventures. The company entered into partnerships with distributors and other food producers across the continent, acquired food processing plants, and slaughterhouses.

Currently, Sheldon Lavin is the group chairman and CEO of OSI and the president of its subsidiary OSI International Foods. His role is to steer 20,000 plus employees towards achieving the company’s vision and mission. His visionary leadership has earned him several accolades most notably the Global Visionary Award 2016. The company has also been recognized-Globe of Honor Award 2016- for its efforts to promote environmental sustainability. They received recognition in other categories such as commitment to employment (Spain), food processing and service.

Sheldon is hopeful that OSI group will continue experiencing meaningful growth over the next years. Sheldon is optimistic about the company’s commitment to drive change in the industry, influence trends and promote environmental sustainability. His current goal is to mentor and inspire global leaders and entrepreneurs to grow businesses that add value and are sustainable.

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OSI Group, Growing Around the World

Listed as one of America’s top 100 food companies. OSI Industries is a privately owned meat processing company that provides top quality meats to restaurants around the world. They operate plants throughout the U.S. in Illinois, Iowa, Utah, Wisconsin, and California. However, internationally they operate 65 facilities in 17 countries.

OSI Industries is growing tremendously exhibited by three of its recent acquisitions. First, OSI recently acquired Baho Food which operates 5 processing plants in Germany and the Netherlands. When asked about this purchase, David McDonald, president of OSI Group, said this would give OSI a broader presence in Europe. Secondly, OSI Industries purchased Flagship Europe. This could be considered somewhat of an expansion to OSI’s current services because Flagship Europe provides frozen poultry as well as sauces and dressings to their United Kingdom food service market. Finally, OSI acquired a Tyson Food Plant on Chicago’s south side. A spokesperson for OSI stated this facility would support continued growth in the U.S.

With its continued growth OSI Group is an excellent career choice. They are industry leaders in delivering quality food products. They employ passionate innovative people around the world and believe everyone can make a difference. OSI is a family oriented company with little turn-over, and they believe this is accomplished by offering rewarding opportunities. As a matter of fact, OSI Group won the British Safety Council award in 2016. This award is given to organizations that are committed to protecting their employees from injury or illness in the work place. Healthy employees lead to the overall success of the company by producing top quality products which ultimately leads to happy customers worldwide.

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