Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of the internationally known food services juggernaut the OSI Group. Lavin has been involved with the company for almost 50 years. When Sheldon Lavin first became aware of the OSI Group, he was running an accounting and financial services firm. The owners of the OSI Group came to him to get financing to purchase equipment and facilities to expand the market they served. Lavin got them the financing they needed and later began investing in the company. When the OSI Group became available for sale in the 1980s, Sheldon Lavin purchased it.
Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, the company has grown from a food services entity that offered quality meat to restaurants, supermarkets and other businesses throughout the United States into a global powerhouse. Today, the OSI Group has over 70 production facilities located in more than 17 countries around the world. The company also has a growing customer base in Asia, Australia, the Americas and Eastern and Western Europe. Through Lavin’s vision, innovation and implementation, the OSI Group continues to grow and gain entry into countless large new markets including China and India.
No matter how large the company has grown, Sheldon Lavin has continued to maintain a family atmosphere. His office door is always open and he encourages members of staff to come to him with their ideas, questions and concerns. Lavin is also on a first name basis with most of the staff and regularly has lunch with staff members. Even though the OSI Group is now one of the world’s largest and most successful food services companies, Sheldon Lavin say one of the things he feels best about is that the company takes the time to take care of the needs of its employees and their families.
The OSI Group has won numerous awards and accolades for worker safety and environmentally sustainable production practices since Sheldon Lavin took over. Many people around the world see him as the perfect role model for the next generation of corporate executives. Lavin’s focus is on much more than simply making a profit. Providing top quality products remains job one. He also gives generously to charitable causes and organizations in the countries in which the OSI Group does business. Sheldon Lavin has molded the OSI Group into an exemplary corporate citizen while working to create the smart expansion practices that have made it a world leader.
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