Sheldon Lavin is an innovative, visionary business executive. He is the owner and CEO of the international food processing and services company the OSI Group. In the 1980s he purchased what was once a neighborhood meat market and has been able to transform the company into a major supplier of meat, dough and vegetable products to markets all around the world. Lavin’s ambitious and carefully-crafted and executed expansion plans have made the company a worldwide leader in the production and delivery of unique, high quality food products tailored to meet the needs of a culturally diverse customer base.
In addition to his innovative production and expansion work with the OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin has also received lots of praise for the very effective food and worker safety and environmental sustainability policies, practices and systems he has put in place. Those systems have resulted in the company winning numerous awards for protecting their food products, their workers and the environment. People within the company rave about Sheldon Lavin’s ability to maintain a family atmosphere at the OSI Group even as the company has grown to have over 20,000 workers around the world.
One of the moves Lavin has made that has played a major role in the company’s success is establishing a growing presence in the Chinese market. The OSI Group built its first facility in China over 20 years ago. Today the company has 10 poultry processing plants there and is China’s leading poultry processer. With over one billion citizens, China is the world’s most populous nation. Establishing a long-term business relationship with the people there is an excellent business move because of the potential it offers to tap into a large and growing market. Under Lavin’s leadership the OSI Group also supplies food products for American fast food companies in China.
When Sheldon Lavin took over the OSI Group, the company’s biggest contract was providing beef patties to McDonald’s franchises throughout the United States. Today, thanks to the work of former financial services and banking professional Sheldon Lavin, the OSI Group has more than 70 food processing facilities in 17 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North, Central and South America. And the company continues to grow. Lavin has recently increased the OSI Group’s presence in Europe by acquiring the food services companies Flagship Europe and Baho Foods.
Vision World Academy recently gave Sheldon Lavin its Global Visionary award.
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