There are many leaders in the business world today who are changing the world. Sheldon Lavin is one of those people. One of the largest food providers in the world today. They currently have over 20,000 employees in over 17 countries in 65 different facilities including Japan, India, China, Poland, Germany, Brazil, and Thailand. Sheldon Lavin is the CEO for OSI group.
OSI Group’s Origins
Although the company started at the beginning of the 20th century as Otto and Son’s, it did not take long for the small company to become involved with a small franchise startup known as McDonald’s. On a handshake agreement, Otto and Son’s became the supplier of all fresh ground beef for McDonald’s. In 1970, Sheldon Lavin came on as the partner and was eventually made CEO The company has since then grown into an international leader having most recently taken over the Tyson plant in Chicago in 2016.
Sheldon Lavin is well known for taking the company to international growth during a very difficult transition time for the economy. It was this growth that led the company to be ranked #58 on Forbes list of the largest private companies in 2016 with $6.1 billion in sales. Today, because of their commitment to agriculture, OSI Group received funds from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund in the sum of 1.5 million euros.
Sheldon Lavin is also personally involved in several charities including the Ronald McDonald House Charities. He is a 2016 Global Visionary Award recipient from India’s Vision World Academy. In 2016 he also received the Edward C. Jones Community Service Award for the commitment he has shown to the communities in which OSI is currently located. His greatest accomplishment, however, was having been able to help raise his three children along with his wife while also giving back to the community and growing the company.