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Since Sheldon Lavin finished school many decades ago, he always wanted to have a business of his own. When an opportunity to own the OSI Group presented itself, Sheldon Lavin took it with open hands. His academic background also allows him to successfully run a business. Sheldon Lavin holds a degree in finance and accounts. During his younger days, Sheldon Lavin didn’t envision himself as a player in the food industry. Despite the early problems associated with a new business, he says that he managed quite well. His first involvement with the OSI Group was when he arranged a business deal for the company. Back then, the company used to be referred to as Otto & Sons. At the same time, Sheldon Lavin says that he was a banker. Once he acquired the company in the early 1970s, Sheldon Lavin says that making the business a worldwide entity has been his mission since then. At the moment, the chief executive officer of the OSI Group says that the company has over 70 facilities that are spread in 17 nations. Sheldon Lavin notes that they primarily specialize in protein products. However, this does not prevent the firm from doing other products such as baked products, vegetable items, and sauces.

Sheldon Lavin says that the OSI Group is not run like any other corporations where orders come from the top. Instead, he says that he has established a model that works as a family. This does not mean that there are no rules to be followed. At the same time, there are budgetary limits as well as levels of responsibility. One thing that has enabled OSI Group to become a worldwide entity is innovation. According to Sheldon Lavin, innovation and creativity are the backbones of the company. Sheldon Lavin also says that loyal and talented workers have been crucial to the growth of the company. He says that there is a culture of listening to everyone at the OSI Group. He says that the company eats lunch together and they refer to each other by their first names. As for Sheldon Lavin, he is referred to as Sheldon or Shelly. For more info about us: click here.

Sheldon Lavin serves as the CEO and Chairperson of the OSI Group. He has built an impressive reputation in the food and meat processing industry. In addition, Sheldon also serves as the President of OSI International Foods Limited. He is actively involved in the company’s numerous international operations, ensuring quality and efficiency in the operations.

Before joining the OSI Group, Lavin had successful career as an executive and investor in the banking sector. Sheldon studied accounting and finance. He also owned a financial consulting company. Lavin joined the meat industry in 1970 as an outsider when he financed Otto &Sons Company, which evolved to be OSI Industries in 1975. After some time, Sheldon became a partner at the company. He assisted the two brothers to propel the company into global markets as McDonald accelerated rapid growth.

The company expanded to Germany, Brazil, Austria, Spain, and Taiwan in the 80’s. It also opened two other plants in the United States. In the 90’s, OSI Group ventured to other countries including Philippines, China, Mexico, and Poland. At the beginning of the millennial age, OSI Group started expanding its poultry operations to several continents. Sheldon Lavin has worked for the company for more than four decades. His experience as a banking executive and an investor has been useful to the firm. Sheldon was the first person to suggest global growth of  company.

Sheldon started out as a third partner with equal leverage at the company. He later became a half partner after one of the brothers sold out his share. When the second brother retired, Lavin got 100 percent voting control. After gaining control of the firm, he started expanding the company strategically. OSI’s acquisitions joint ventures, and purchases were all planned strategically by Sheldon. He also invested greatly in green innovation.

Currently, OSI has over 70 stores in 17 countries and over 20,000 employees. Due to his great work in propelling OSI Group to international scales, Sheldon was awarded the 2016 Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy. OSI Group has also received many honors under the leadership of Sheldon including 2013, 2015, and 2016 Globe of Honor Award.