Sheldon Lavin is the current Chief Executive Officer at OSI Group, a manufacturer of added-value food products. OSI Group is ranked 58th in the Top 100 private companies list by Forbes and is known for the quality of its food products and services to the global food and retail industries. Sheldon Lavin has been at the helm of OSI Group for many years and has a controlling interest in the company.
OSI Group began as Otto & Sons in 1928 in Chicago and was originally owned by Otto Kolschowsky. Over the years, Otto & Sons gained a reputation for reliably supplying quality meats and became an early meat supplier to McDonalds, at that time a new company in the fast food market, in the 50s. When McDonalds later chose Otto & Sons to become one of their major hamburger patty suppliers, McDonalds obtained financing with the help of then financial consultant Sheldon Lavin to open a new food processing facility. After continued involvement with Otto & Sons as a consultant, Sheldon Lavin ultimately bought a controlling interest in Otto & Sons, which had been renamed OSI Group.
Sheldon Lavin has always had a vision to grow OSI Group into an international producer of quality made-to-order food products for various types of companies and organizations. OSI Group is a private company and as such has a work culture that is very much like a family. Unlike many companies of this size, OSI Group does not rely solely on directives from the top executives but utilizes department heads in conjunction with corporate leadership. This is conducive to OSI Group’s continued success at their locations in 17 different countries.
Sheldon Lavin received a Global Visionary Award from India’s Vision World Academy in 2016. This award acknowledges people who have realized their business goals by years of demonstrated perseverance and work. Sheldon Lavin led OSI Group from a small domestic food product company into a global food processor that has an imprint in many countries. The year 2016 was the fifth year that this award had been presented.
Not content to rest on his reputation, Sheldon Lavin continues to dream big and see just how far his vision can take OSI Group. With a constant focus on innovation in the company’s processes and expansion in more markets, Sheldon Lavin is determined to stay the course.
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