After spending 40 years in the meat processing industry, Sheldon Lavin is still nostalgic of his financial consulting career. As a young boy, the executive leader had always envisioned himself working for a financial institution. This dream saw him join college to learn about the industry and prepare himself to conquer the field. However, he worked in the industry for a few years before OSI Industries recruited him owing to his exemplary consultancy services and business strategies.
Lavin’s association with the meat processing industries started when Otto & Sons approached his company to arrange financing for the firm. The company was the first meat processing facility to be opened in West Chicago. It was owned by Otto Kolschowsky. After a few years, he was invited to become a partner in the businesses. To this end, the company changed its name to OSI Industries. Lavin is now the owner of the global meat processing corporation.
The executive leader’s vision for the company has not changed in many years. In his first day, he envisioned himself growing the company to become a world-class food processing corporation. Although Sheldon Lavin has achieved a lot, he is still pushing the company towards the domination of various local markets such as the Chinese meat-processing industry. Presently, the business has over 80 facilities spread across 17 countries. In addition, the company has increased the variety of its products to include protein products, sauces, vegetable items, and baked goods.
According to Sheldon Lavin, OSI’s success in the global market is credited to the company’s unique management approach. He notes that although there are rules and strategies that the business must implement, each of the company’s subsidiaries are run locally. This model enables them to be run efficiently.
Sheldon Lavin is OSI Group’s chairman and chief executive officer. He is also the president of OSI International Foods LTD. Lavin joined the industry in 1970. Before joining the company, he was a financial consultant. Many organizations have recognized Lavin’s visionary leadership. For instance, in 2016, India’s Vision World Academy awarded him with a Global Visionary Award. He is also the recipient of a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the RSM US LLP.