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How Sheldon Lavin found a home in the Food Industry after a successful career in banking

Over the last decade, Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of OSI Group, a premier supplier of value-added food products has spent much of his time helping the organization to venture into the international food market. Currently, OSI Group has food processing facilities in more than seventeen countries. Their recent acquisition of Baho Food and Flagship Europe has enabled them to set camp in the expansive European market. Sheldon Lavin hopes to revolutionize food production and processing by introducing products that meet the needs of modern consumers.

Sheldon Lavin joined the American meat processor approximately four decades ago after a successful career in the banking sector. Sheldon ran a financial consultancy firm that helped food processing companies to access expansion capital from lenders. He then became the Chief Executive officer at OSI Industries and never looked back.

Upon joining OSI Industries, Sheldon introduced a unique management style that enabled the company to grow within a short time. He also introduced reforms to cater for the employees’ welfare. Currently, OSI employs about 20,000 employees in all their 65 processing facilities. It is one of the companies with low employee turnover. Sheldon attributes this to the family-oriented culture that he cultivated when he joined OSI in the late 1970s.

Sheldon Lavin marked his entry into the food industry in 1970 when his financial consultancy firm worked with OSI Industries by organizing financing for the meat processor. In the next five years, Sheldon became more involved in the affairs of OSI Industries when the company was seeking to expand to foreign territories.

As a result, Sons of Otto, who were the executives at the company, tapped Sheldon’s experience to help the company embark on a global expansion program. They partnered with Sheldon who eventually became the CEO of the company after the retirement of Otto Kolschowsky.

During the early years, Sheldon came up with a plan that enabled OSI Industries to establish processing facilities in North America and Europe. In the years that followed, OSI Group continued to expand to Australia, Philipines, Japan, China and South Africa. Currently, OSI Group is the major supplier of value-added proteins to some of the major food outlets such as the McDonalds, Subway, Pizza Hut and many more. Besides expanding and making profits, OSI Industries under the leadership of Sheldon

Lavin participates in many charity projects. Sheldon is a philanthropist who is actively involved in the activities of various charities such as Jewish United Fund, Ronald McDonald House of Charities, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, Evans Scholarship Fund among others.

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