How Sheldon Lavin Went From The Financial Industry To Food Processing

Sheldon Lavin is the chairman of the board of directors and the CEO of OSI Group, LLC, a food processing company based in the greater Chicago area. Before joining this company in the 1970s he had worked in the financial industry. He had a business where he matched businesses who needed loans with those who would provide them. This is how he first learned of OSI Group, at the time called Otto & Sons. He said that McDonald’s had asked him to work with this company so that they could build a new processing facility in the Chicago area. When he completed that deal his involvement with Otto & Sons continued.

Eventually, Sheldon Lavin became a part owner of OSI Group. He eventually bought out the Koschowsky family’s share of this company and he has wholly owned it for many years. He says that he has always had a big appetite for expanding OSI Group. It is now a multinational company which is operations in 17 nations. He says that his company is entrepreneurial in nature. This means that he and his executive team don’t dictate from the top. Instead, those lower are given latitude to come up with solutions themselves for various business problems. He says that there are broad rules in place, and of course budgets to follow, but by and large his employees use their best discretion in performing their jobs duties. He describes the atmosphere as family-like.

Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI Group has become one of the world’s leading suppliers of processed foods. Many quick-serve restaurants get the food they serve from OSI Group. He says his company also produces a number of the private label brands that people buy in grocery stores in Asia, Europe, and North America. Most of what they provide is protein-based but they do offer other types of food as well.

One of the countries in which OSI Group does business is India. This nation’s Vision World Academy recognized Sheldon Lavin’s lifework in March 2016. He was given the Global Visionary Award. This award recognizes business leaders who conduct their business with a grand vision of excellence in place. The called out at the award gala how he had taken a company that only did business in America and expanded its operations around the world. His company does business as OSI-Vista Processed Foods in India.

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