American businessman Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, LLC. He started his affiliation with the global food processing and distribution powerhouse in 1970 as a financial consultant, aiding the original owners of the company in acquiring the necessary capital to put their expansion plans into action. OSI’s family owners the Kolschowsky’s were highly impressed with Sheldon’s abilities and his visionary business ideas. They convinced him to go into the food business with them and help them to build OSI into something special. Sheldon has never looked back on his decision to take the job with OSI and has stated on numerous occasions that from day one of joining the company, he had a clear vision for how the company could expand from being a regional success story to a national and then a global one.
When recently asked about how he got started in the food business, Sheldon Lavin opened up that he learned a lot of tricks of the finance world while in school and wanted to put this knowledge to use making a difference in the world. He explains that he wanted to build a company that could supply people with the kind of foods that they use on a daily basis. Sheldon then explains that he initially became a financial consultant and in this role, he came into contact with companies such as OSI that were in need of funding. Sheldon felt he could help them accomplish these sort of goals. He admits to being nervous about his abilities when he first entered the market but those feelings of doubt disappeared after he started to experience entrepreneurial success. Sheldon then goes into how his big break was when OSI Group’s predecessor Otto & Sons brought Sheldon in to help them find capital for expansion. Sheldon believed from the very start in OSI’s ability to succeed and his assumption was proven correct. In only a year of Sheldon coming on board, Otto & Sons stretched nationwide across the U.S.A. In 1975 the company was rebranded as OSI Group.
Asked about what the secret to innovation is, Sheldon says that it is a difficult question but in his opinion, the secret is humility. He truly believes that a good leader in a business enterprise needs to be humble or else he will not be able to learn. A leader must also be able to learn from those working under him. Sheldon Lavin is a firm believer in learning from as many people as you possibly can.
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