Sheldon Lavin is an American-based businessman and the current Chairman of OSI Group. OSI Group is the leading global provider of custom value-added food products to the top foodservice and retail food brands in the world. The Company works together with its branches. These branches include OSI International Foods, OSI Industries, and OSI International, Inc. Currently, OSI Group has hired nearly 20,000 employees worldwide.
After finishing his studies, Sheldon Lavin started his career as an investor and executive in the banking industry. Later after gaining enough experience in banking, Lavin started his financial consulting company. In 1970, Sheldon decided to move into the meat industry. This was after he was requested to have an ownership position in Otto and Sons Company. Otto and Sons had the chance to become the Midwest provider of hamburgers to McDonald’s Corporation but they lacked enough funds. Additionally, Otto and Sons had insufficient funds to build a meat processing facility.
At first, Lavin was reluctant to join the company because it was not what he did in his consulting practice but later agreed. Lavin said that he would join the firm and act as a consultant. Moreover, he decided to join Otto and Sons Company and set a caveat with the organization. The caveat was that if he decided to join the organization as a partner, his financial investment would be of the same level of leverage as the company had. In 1975, Sheldon became more involved in the firm’s business activities as the organization began to focus on overseas investments. In the late 1970s, Sheldon was asked to associate himself with OSI (now the new name of Otto and Sons) full-time, and he agreed. From then, through the efforts of Sheldon Lavin, OSI group has been able to grow and become a global multi-billion dollar food processor.
On February 20, 2016, Sheldon Lavin was awarded the Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy. This was due to his remarkable achievements in contributing to job growth globally and bringing OSI Group onto the international scene. Global Visionary Award is an award given to individuals to appreciate them for turning their dreams into reality by showing persistence, and perseverance in accomplishing their objectives.
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