Perhaps one of entrepreneur Sheldon Lavin’s most gratifying rewards during his professional career occurred in March 2016. The Vision World Academy of India acknowledged his lifetime of work by awarding him their Global Visionary Award. This organization, which was formed five years ago, hands out their award to business leaders who have been highly successful in turning their vision for their business into a reality.
He received this award because he turned OSI Group, LLC, into a domestic food company in the 1970s into something that now spans the globe. His company earns billions of dollars a year and has 60 facilities in 16 nations in Europe, North America, and Asia. He first had his business enter India in 1995, through a subsidiary named OSI-Vista Processed Foods, and they now offer meat, fruits, and vegetables which have been processed according to the particular requirements of each of their customers.
Sheldon Lavin started out his career in the finance industry. He arranged loans between firms who needed money to fund operations and financial firms who were willing to lend the money. It was through this role that he was introduced to the company that is now called OSI Group. He took a great deal of interest in this company at the time because he could see how they could be so much bigger and better than they were at the time. When he was offered an ownership stake and leadership position at OSI Group he made the fateful decision to leave the world of finance behind and instead become the part-owner, CEO, and Chairman of it.
Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI Group makes safety, environmental responsibility, efficiency, and quality the highest priorities of the company. He was quick to expand OSI Group when he took over. He signed up more customers, as at the time their largest client by far was McDonald’s Corporation. After this was completed he set up more facilities in both the United States and Canada.
In the 1980s, OSI Group began to expand into Europe. Sheldon Lavin opened up facilities there and also bought a number of competitors. The 1990s, meanwhile, was all about Asia, especially China. He followed the same pattern he had developed in Europe in order to expand there. He has also partnered with Chinese firms as that is one of the requirements of the Chinese government for companies foreign to China to open up shop there.
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