Sheldon Lavin an executive like no other. He is the CEO of OSI Group, an international food production company. He is responsible for the growth of this company from the time it ceased being family owned business and became OSI Industries. It however remain privately owned until today. The contribution he has made in this company has made it a giant in food production business. Today, it is ranked as a top private business in the United States by the Forbes with a networth of $6.1 billion.
Lavin’s contribution to growth of this food company cannot be underestimated. From 1970s until now, it is not easy to build a company that can remain relevant for such a long time in a highly competitive industry as food production.
How he managed to take the operations of the company international remains his biggest achievement. The expansion opened business opportunities for the company in many countries. Currently, OSI Group is operating in 17 countries directly but its food products are supplied to over 6o countries globally.
OSI Group has taken the leading position in the food production business and is setting the bar high. It has embraced technological innovations as one way of growing its business operations. In fact, from the very beginning, adoption of freezing technology helped the company maintain one of its key clients- the McDonald’s. OSI had to transport the food product to far destinations and therefore needed a method of preserving the food.
Sheldon Lavin has now established another idea that will push growth of the company even higher. He has introduced sustainability measures in the production process. Sustainability measures are expected to improve efficiency in production and preserve the environment.
Sheldon Lavin is 86 years old but he is still involved in active operations of the company. He wants to retire after he has shown the next generation of leadership what needs to be done to keep the company running for many years. He is mentoring leaders who will take duties after him.
Sheldon Lavin won the 2016 Global Visionary Award for his vision on OSI Group. He has turned dreams into realities through this company.