A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, words that best describe the career journey of Sheldon Lavin. He is the chief executive officer of OSI Group. Lavin ventured into the meat industry over four decades ago. He ventured as an outsider. Before venturing into the business, Sheldon worked in the banking sector as an investor.
Additionally, he owned a financial consulting firm. Sheldon Lavin joined the meat industry through a small burger supplier industry. With time, he was able to develop the small company into a worldwide supplier of meat/food products to a variety of retail brands. Today, the OSI Group has a workforce of over 20,000 employees.
Sheldon Lavin, the OSI culture is family oriented. He is proud of the workforce and the corporate culture of the institution. Additionally, he considers the labor force as the most important aspect of the company. Sheldon Lavin’s success in the meat industry began in 1970. At this time, he was responsible for financing the previous owners of the enterprise. Otto & Sons run the company at the time. The ownership sought to get financed, and it was during this period that Sheldon Lavin became a consultant to the family. In 1975, he became too much involved in the expansion and activities of the industry. Later, he joined as a full-time member and helped the brand grow.
As the company expanded, Sheldon Lavin gained 50 percent stake by the start of 1980. A decade ago, the last remaining partner retired from the business and Sheldon Lavin acquired 100 percent control of the organization. Lavin input contributed to its expansion to Australia, Japan China, and India among many others. Today he seeks to penetrate further into the European and Asian market.
In an interview, Sheldon Lavin said that he joined financial consulting as it was in his line of academic background. He adds that after joining the OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin sought to build it into a world-class business. At the moment the company is in 17 countries with over 80 facilities.