Sheldon Lavin is the present CEO of OSI Group – the leading provider of meat-packing and food processing solutions. OSI Group is made up of OSI Industries and OSI International Foods. In spite of him entering the food sector as a total stranger or outsider, he has overtime gained extensive expertise in the field. Sheldon Lavin has in the past served in the capacities of highly ranked executive in the finance and banking industry and even owned a financial consulting firm.
During an interview with INSPIRERY, Sheldon said that he had always wanted to make a difference in the world since his college years when he was studying finance. He was driven by the desire to establish firms capable of giving people food and products that they use every day, and that is how he became a financial consultant. Since businesses require regular funding to thrive and survive in the highly competitive markets, Mr. Sheldon figured out that he could help them attain such goals.
Using his considerable managerial and entrepreneurial skills, Mr. Sheldon has broken the barriers and norms associated with the poor reputation that this industry suffers in North America and Europe. The highly admired entrepreneur sees himself as a citizen of the Earth and as such, only engages in business activities that ensure nothing short of environmental sustainability. His ability to consistently indulge these ethical practices is one of the reasons why many millennial entrepreneurs admire and look up to him.
In an interview that appeared on CEOCFO Magazine, May 29, 2017, Issue, Sheldon Lavin details out how he entered the world of meat and food processing. He had organized financing for a meat processing company established by Kolschowsky family located in West Chicago, Illinois in 1970. At the time, the facility was known as Otto & Sons and later became OSI Industries.
Sheldon Lavin did not know that his continued involvement would eventually make him the owner of the firm. From the word go, he aimed to make the facility grow to become the best meat and food processing firm in the world. He joined the company as a partner, alongside the two sons following their father’s retirement. He would, later on, join Otto & Sons on a full-time basis after he fell in love with the business culture and the strategies employed by the firm.
The company’s expansion journey through Europe and North America began during the 1970s. It made a further breakthrough to the Taiwan and South American markets in the 1980s and later on entered Philippines, Japan, South Africa, China and Australia. By then, Sheldon had acquired 100 percent control of the firm. As at now, OSI Group boasts of more than 60 facilities spread in 16 countries across the world.