An Outsider Turned Mogul. Meet Sheldon Lavin.

Many enter into career fields feeling like outsiders who are destined to fail. Sheldon Lavin is the opposite of this because even though he was an outsider, he was able to walk into the meat processing market and take it by storm. In 2016, Sheldon Lavin received the Global Visionary Award from India’s Vision World Academy. The award recognizes those who are visionaries in various fields and those who have turned their dreams into reality. If you ask me, Sheldon Lavin earned this award since he is a man who fits both criteria. Sheldon Lavin is the current Chief Executive Officer of a food processing company known OSI Group. OSI Group includes two industries: OSI International Foods and OSI Industries.

Sheldon Lavin didn’t start his career in the meat processing business until later on in his life. At an early age, Sheldon received a degree in Finance and Accounting. He became an executive in the finance and banking sector, and at the same time, he was running his own financial consulting firm. Sheldon Lavin didn’t enter into the meat industry until the 1970’s. There was a meat company known as Otto & Sons that was trying to become the midwest supplier of hamburgers for McDonald’s. The company was facing a big hurdle because they did not have enough funds to secure a deal. The company later sought Sheldon Lavin for financial consultation. While helping the Otto & Sons company the bank, in which Sheldon was working for, requested that Sheldon took ownership of the company. Sheldon Lavin declined and just decided to remain a financial consultant for the company.

In 1975, the owners of Otto & Sons started to look for investments from overseas. And standing by their side was Sheldon Lavin helping them through the process. One of the owners, the father of the company, decided to retire so Sheldon decided to become a partner with the two sons. And it was on that day when OSI Group was born. Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI has been able to expand internationally in places like Europe, North America, Australia, India, Japan, South Africa, and the Philippines. Even today, Sheldon is doing everything he can to make sure that OSI keeps growing stronger and expanding wider as a company.

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