Sheldon Lavin is the chairman and the CEO of the rapidly expanding OSI Group. The organization’s recent growth hasn’t gone unnoticed, either in the United States or abroad. For proof of that, one only need to look as far as India, where Mr. Sheldon was recently honored for Sheldon Lavin’s OSI successes.
Sheldon Lavin Accepts the Global Visionary Award
Each year, India’s Vision World Academy recognizes individuals for realizing their dreams through devotion, perseverance, and hard work. The recipients of the Global Visionary Award come from all fields and industries, only sharing a determination to make their dreams a reality.
Sheldon Lavin was one of the most recent recipients of the award. He was recognized for his role in guiding OSI Group’s tremendous growth. Under Levin’s direction, OSI has evolved from a domestic food provider to a global supplier of processed foods with a presence in 16 countries around the world.
In India, OSI-Vista Processed Foods, a division of OSI Group, operates eight facilities. The company processes fruits, vegetables, and siome meats for human consumption. OSI has maintained a presence in India since 1995.
Sheldon Lavin Opens Up About OSI’s Success
Mr. Lavin revealed that he was with OSI from the very beginning, though the company started under a different name. The Kolschowsky family of west Chicago had an idea for a meat processing facility, but they needed help with financing. They enlisted Sheldon’s help for the company, which was named Otto & Sons. Later, the name was changed to OSI and Mr. Lavin joined the company as a co-owner.
Sheldon says he had always envisioned OSI growing beyond a domestic company, even in those early days. He says the company’s leaders knew, if they were to expand, they couldn’t operate like traditional companies. Once the rules and operating procedures were in place, Sheldon says the day to day functioning was run more like a family than a business. People were encouraged to share ideas and offer alternative ways of getting things done.
That sense of family is carried beyond corporate doors. OSI is always looking for ways to give back to the communities in which it operates. Donating to charity and helping local organizations helps OSI stay connected in addition to benefiting communities throughout the world.
In closing, Mr. Lavin says he feels confident that OSI will far outlast him. While he sees himself retiring at some point, he says the company will continue to grow and expand. Having an organization as expansive as OSI already is, Sheldon is certain there will be plenty of talented individuals to vie for the opening his retirement will leave behind.
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