Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of OSI Food Group, a meat and precooked meal sales and distribution company based in Chicago. Lavin has been with OSI for over 40 years and has seen a lot of changes during this time, but he’s remained true to one thing. That is making people the most important part of his work and making sure every employee is taken care of. Lavin says the company wouldn’t be what it is without the employees who work so hard at their job, and Lavin has always tried to make them feel as though they’re part of a family. And Most people who start working at OSI Group stay for many years.
Sheldon Lavin didn’t have any idea that the food industry was going to be where his career would take off in. He began as an investment advisor in various banks and it appeared he would live out the rest of his career. But while running financial consulting services on the side, he met the Kolschowsky family who ran OSI or Otto & Sons as it was known at the time. The Kolschowsky’s had established a partnership with the McDonalds Corporation in the fast food industry and had done quite well on the meat production side, but they needed someone with the expertise in finance that Lavin had. With his input OSI Group was able to make good decisions on investing and growing their company.
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Lavin started owning more shares in the company as the two Kolschowsky sons started retiring and selling their shares, and before long he was nominated to CEO. He decided it was time to make the company an international player in the food industry, so he started opening more meat processing plants in the Asian and African territories. OSI has made several notable acquisitions under Lavin’s leadership including the Flagship Europe company in the UK, and Baho Food based in the Netherlands. Lavin has also won awards such as Global Visionary Award, and the Globe of Honour given to all of OSI by the British Safety Council for upholding strong workplace and processing safety standards.
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