Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group has accomplished a lot in regard to expansion to new markets, sustainable food production and the many accolades the company has received. Since 1970s, he has been part of OSI Group’s growth to become a world leader in provision of food solutions and products.
Sheldon Lavin’s career background
He has worked in the company for decades to become both its CEO and Chairman. Prior to joining OSI Group, he worked at an investment firm as an investment manager and bank executive manager. At that time, the food company, then called Otto & Sons was very active in its expansion endeavors and they were in need of funding. He played a huge role in the funding of Otto & Sons and later, he became its consultant.
His role at the company continued to grow and he was made a partner in 1975, the year the company changed its name to OSI Industries. A few years afterward, he was asked to join the company fully and occupy a leading position. He joined the company as Chairman and CEO. He dedicated his efforts to growing the company to become a leading company worldwide in the industry.
Sheldon Lavin’s vision for OSI Group
In an interview, he said that he would rather go back to his finance career than see the company not grow to become something big. Certainly, the company has grown rapidly and now, it has over 20,000 employees at 65 facilities in 17 countries. In 2016, it was ranked 58th largest private company by Forbes.
Sustainability vision of Sheldon for OSI Group
Under his leadership, the company has utilized cutting edge technologies to come up with systems and facilities that will see it maintain sustainable practices. They have continued to create a company that is not only productive, but also sustainable. Due to its commitment to sustainability, the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) pledged to fund the Spain branch to finish the expansion project. Additionally, Chamber of Commerce gave the company an award in reward for its effort to increase employment.
Sheldon’s efforts in the company has been recognized and consequently, he has received many accolades. In 2016, he was awarded with “C. Jaones Community Service Award” for participating actively in a charity organization in Chicago. In the same year, he received “Global Visionary Award” from Vision World Academy.
To cap it, Sheldon Lavin is involved in various philanthropic charities and organizations. He is in the board of trustees of a charitable organization called Ronald McDonald House Charities. In recognition of his civic involvement, he received Lifetime Achievement Award from RSM US LLP. He focused on formulating policies and procedures to realize both financial success and ecological footprints.