Sheldon Lavin the CEO and chairman of the internationally respected food production and marketing company the OSI Group, LLC. is a well respected executive. He’s committed to environmental sustainability, safe food production practices and an unwavering belief in the importance of listening to and taking care of the concerns of his staff. In addition to spending almost 50 years at the helm of the OSI Group, Lavin also served as OSI International Foods Ltd.’s president, Rush University Medical Center’s general trustee and a National Fish & Wildlife Foundation director.
It was in 1970 that Sheldon Lavin first became involved with the OSI Group. Through his financial services firm he provided the company with the financing they needed to expand. At that time the OSI Group was growing rapidly and needed to get new equipment and technology to better serve McDonald’s and the supermarkets and restaurants in Illinois they were providing with quality meat. Over the years Lavin remained involved with the company. Eventually, Lavin bought the OSI Group and set about building it into one the world’s largest and most successful suppliers of meat and food products.
With a background in banking and accounting, Sheldon Lavin had the perfect skill set to help the OSI Group to grow. He also had the vision to imagine what the company had the potential to become. Lavin felt it was important to maintain and develop the family-like atmosphere of the OSI Group no matter how large it grew. Under Lavin’s leadership the OSI Group now has over 75 food processing facilities in 17 countries throughout the North, South and Central America, Europe and Asia. The company also has over 20,000 workers all of whom hold Sheldon Lavin in the highest regard.
The excellent work Sheldon Lavin has done at the OSI Group has won him wide acclaim and numerous awards and accolades. Although Lavin is honored to received the praise, he has stated that what he is proudest of is his company’s ability to improve the quality of the food they offer worldwide, their record of environmental sustainability record and the assistance he has been able to provide his staff. Even after 50 years as an executive with the OSI Group, Lavin is still involved with the daily activities of the company. Sheldon Lavin is now seen as the ideal role model for the next generation of corporate executives all over the world.
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