Almost 40 years ago, accountant, investor and former banker Sheldon Lavin took the helm of the food production company the OSI Group. During that time, he has expanded the market the company serves dramatically. Since its founding in 1909 as Otto & Sons meat market, the company had provided families, supermarkets and restaurants in Illinois with the highest quality cuts of meats. In the 1950s, it became a supplier of ground beef patties for the growing McDonald’s franchise. When Lavin took over, he changed the name to the OSI Group and made the company into an international leader in food processing.
Lavin has the company providing a wide variety of dough, vegetable and meat products to over 80 countries worldwide. He has won awards for the forward-thinking environmental management system and food and worker safety policies he established. Sheldon Lavin has also gained the love and respect of his staff for the generous benefits package he created. He has also cultivated a family atmosphere in the company by maintaining an open-door policy that encourages anyone to come in and share their ideas, ask him any questions they have and to call him by his first name.
Innovation is one of the things Sheldon Lavin has encouraged at the OSI Group. As a result, the company has developed a wide range of unique food products. This has been particularly helpful as the OSI Group has created new products specifically for people from the different cultures they serve. Lavin is known for always taking the time to make himself aware of the unique tastes of the people in the countries the company serves and works with local producers to ensure the OSI Group can provide the foods they want.
But Sheldon Lavin is more than just a creative, visionary, innovative chief executive, he is also a caring individual. He has made generous contributions to charitable causes and organizations around the world for decades. He also shares his time and talent to help the Rush University Medical Center and the Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Lavin has also received a number of prestigious awards for his work. In 2016, India’s Vision World Academy named him Global Visionary of the year for his consistent work in transforming the OSI Group into a leader in the global food processing industry. Lavin has also won awards for the ‘green’ policies and practices he instituted at the company.
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