For over 40 years Sheldon Lavin has been working to expand the food production services American company the OSI Group offers in countries around the globe. Lavin is the company’s chairman and CEO and has been able to help the OSI Group to satisfy the dietary needs of customers in 85 countries. It is the fulfillment of a plan he formulated when he took over the company in the late 1970s. And now his expansion plans have borne fruit. The work Sheldon Lavin put in over a period of several decades was recognized by Vision World Academy and resulted in the academy naming Lavin their 2016 Global Visionary.
Sheldon Lavin has been able to help the OSI Group make a smooth transition from providing clients in the United States with beef patties and quality cuts of meats to designing specialty food products to supply a diverse global market. Lavin targeted markets in Asia, Europe, the America’s and Australia, worked with the governments, the sources of ingredients necessary to produce the food, marketing agents and consumers to penetrate the markets. It has required innovative strategies, creativity and an understanding of the unique needs in those markets for Lavin’s company to succeed.
The key to the success the OSI Group has enjoyed is the effective food production systems Sheldon Lavin and the staff of the OSI Group have created. The company has gone on to win numerous awards from a vast array of international organizations for their quality products, incredible customer service and environment management. Plus, the father and grandfather has cultivated a family atmosphere at the OSI Group even as the company has grown to have a staff of over 20,000 people. Lavin has an open door policy that allows him to develop a rapport with everyone from the janitors to the vice presidents.
Sheldon Lavin’s background is in finance and accounting. He also spent several years working as a banker. He became involved with the OSI Group almost by accident. The owners of the company came to Lavin looking for financial help to upgrade their equipment and move to larger facilities. Sheldon Lavin, who was also an active investor, was very much impressed with the company and began investing in their stock. By the beginning of the 1980s Sheldon Lavin was able to take over the OSI Group and build it into legendary status in the global food processing industry.