The success of OSI Group as a leading meat processor is largely attributed to Sheldon Lavin, the incumbent CEO of the company. Since he took over the leadership of OSI Group, the visionary businessperson has steered the firm into gaining entry to several international markets. Today, OSI operates over 70 facilities that are scattered in 17 countries. The workforce has surged to 20,000 and annual revenue has passed the $6billion mark, making OSI Group one of the top 50 private firms in the world.
Sheldon Lavin has been in the meat industry for over four decades where he built an unmatched reputation for immense contributions towards the growth of the industry. Before making entry to this sector, he spent his time as a financial consultant. During this period, his firm was contracted to facilitate capital raising activities of many meat companies among them OSI Group, which was then known as Otto & Sons. This gave him a chance to have a clear glimpse on the potential of the industry. Finally, Sheldon decided to quit the financial industry to venture into the meat business. He acquired a 50% stake in OSI Group, which subsequently turned into full ownership after the retirement of his partner who was holding the other 50%.
Recently, OSI Group acquired Baho Food and Flagship Europe, a move that is expected to expand the balance sheet of the company further. The incredible growth OSI Group has posted over the years has given Sheldon Lavin the ability to make philanthropic donations aimed at supporting various communities. As a sign of giving back to the community, Lavin supports Ronald McDonald House Charity, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago and the Jewish United Fund. Lavin has also extended his charity donations to Evans Scholarship Fund and United Negro College Fund.
The level of success Sheldon Lavin has achieved has attracted the attention of many players who have awarded Lavin and his company generously. Last year, Sheldon was privileged to receive the 2016 Global Visionary Award, a coveted prize given by India’s Vision World Academy. The award is given to individuals show the highest level of resilience in their quest to build profitable enterprises. Lavin was honored because of his track record of transforming OSI Group from a small firm serving a few customers into a giant company with customers spread in every corner of the world. His tenure has also seen OSI Group receive numerous award for being a leader in the meat industry.
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