Sheldon Lavin is one of the most respected businessmen in the foodservice industry. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for world leading food company OSI Group. With an educational background in finance, business and accounting, Sheldon initially worked doing financial consulting. His life changed when he met the Kolschowsky family, the owners of OSI Group. The company, then known as Otto & Sons had started as an Oak Park, Illinois meat market and had evolved into a successful food solutions outfit. Sheldon’s initial contact with the family was to help them arrange the necessary financing to accomplish their expansion plans. The Kolschowsky brothers were so impressed with Sheldon, and likewise, that he came on board with the company full time. The company embarked on a series of expansions, all the while maintaining its tradition of being a family oriented business. When the Kolschowsky brothers retired, Sheldon gained full control of the business. Because of his leadership, today, OSI Group is a global leader in custom food solutions. The company has developed its impeccable reputation through it’s total commitment to its customers, its insistence on maintaining its integrity, its constant goal of innovation and its carefully planned expansion. Sheldon Lavin was honored in 2016 for his business accomplishments by the Vision World Academy.
The Vision World Academy awarded Sheldon Lavin its prestigious Global Visionary Award in 2016. This prestigious honor is an acknowledgement of an individual’s outstanding accomplishments that were achieved by persistence. The Global Visionary was not the only award associated with OSI Group in 2016. The British Safety Council also honored OSI Group with a prestigious award, the Globe of Honour. The award was in recognition of OSI’s commitment to environmental management efforts.
Sheldon Lavin’s Thoughts on All Things OSI Group:
When CEOCFO Magazine sat down with Sheldon Lavin about OSI Group and his career, he had some interesting things to say. Asked about OSI Group’s global reach today, he comments that the company is now physically operating in 17 different countries and running over 70 facilities. OSI primarily deals in a product range based on protein but they also deal in vegetables, sauces and baked goods. Sheldon is also asked about the vision he had for his company from the beginning. He is clear that becoming a world-class operation was always the goal from day one. Sheldon is also knowns for his philanthropy and was asked about his involvement with Ronald McDonald House. He emphasizes that he is very passionate about giving back and has always worked hard to be charitable and encourage others to do so as well.
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