Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of the global food company OSI Group, studied accounting and finance at an early age and always envisioned himself running a company. He became involved with OSI, because he was the one who originally put together the financing for the company’s initial meat processing factory. Back at that time, the company was named Otto & Sons, after the father and sons who ran it. Eventually, the company became OSI Group and Sheldon, who was already involved with the company before and after its name-change, became the CEO. He knew from that moment, and going forward, that he wanted the company to be a global leader in the food industry and that he would help it to do so.
Sheldon Lavin Receives An Important Award
Recently, Sheldon Lavin was given the Global Visionary Award, which is granted by India’s Vision World Academy. The award was given in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, and its purpose is to reward visionaries in different fields who have turned hopes and wishes into realities. Sheldon received it because he has played a huge part in bringing OSI from being a small domestic operation to a worldwide billion dollar company that processes and delivers custom food solutions to people in many different countries. In India, alone, OSI has 8 locations that provide people with vegetables, fruits, and meat products.
The Culture At OSI
Sheldon Lavin has, very purposefully, created a culture at OSI that nurtures the entrepreneurial spirit in people. He wanted to be part of a company that ran more like family, and that’s what he has created. He feels that fostering an atmosphere of trust and loyalty has been a large part of his company’s success, and is proud to say that he, along with others in the corporate office, all call each other by their first names. Their is a huge focus on family and the welfare of their employees and the family of their employees at OSI, and this is part of what sets the company apart from other dictator-like ran businesses.
Philanthropy and Community
Sheldon Lavin not only believes in lifting up the communities that he does business in, but he also puts his money where his mouth is. Not only does OSI Group run a tight ship to ensure that it is sustainable and environmentally friendly, but Sheldon, himself, donates to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which helps children in need.
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