Sheldon Lavin is a successful businessman who owns and is the top executive of OSI Group, LLC. His company, based in Aurora, Illinois, is an international food processing company for which he is the chairman and chief executive officer. He took over the company in the mid-1970’s, which at the time was a smaller company that only operated in the United States. His vision was to greatly expand the scope of the company and he has been very successful at this as it is now the 58th largest private company in the United States.
Prior to taking over OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin worked in the financial industry. He learned how to manage large-scale companies. He has also developed the skill it takes to manage complex global food supply chains. His company sells their processed foods to both restaurants around the world as well as to grocery stores who sell them as private label products. The food industry is ever changing and Lavin has established his skill at following changing consumer trends when it comes to food as well as managing resource shortages and other challenges a company often faces.
Food safety and environmentally sustainable practices are two areas that OSI Group has focused on under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership. His company has won numerous awards in both North America and Europe due to this focus. A recent big achievement happened in December 2016 when his subsidiary, OSI Food Solutions UK, won the Globe of Honour Award from the British Safety Council due to its environmental risks management. He has also been responsible for OSI Group winning a number of awards related to the handling of animals in an ethical manner.
At OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin has always understood the role that technology plays in running a company. This is true in processing the food as well as general management of the company. He says that he increasingly uses technology to market his products to the company’s clients. This is done through internet marketing, especially on social media sites. He says he has a team focused on marketing technological trends and when a new way is found he has it built into his business model.
Beyond his role at OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin is a philanthropist. As one example he has been a leader at the Ronald McDonald House Foundation. He often makes large donations to this nonprofit as well.
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