Hands On With Sheldon Lavin
Sheldon Laving is legendary in the meat and food processing industry. Even though he is at the upper echelon of the industry as CEO of OSI International Foods Ltd, he still remains in firm control of every aspect of the global company. Never one to rest on his laurels, he has collected numerous awards and honors, all while maintaining his sense of humility and civility.
Since his days as a young man, he states that he always envisioned working for a business that he owned. To that end, he studied finance and accounting while in school. His foray into the meat processing industry began when he helped the Kolschowsky family obtain the financing to build the very first meat processing plant in West Chicago.
While the plant was initially named after the family, it was later changed to the more formal OSI International Foods after many years, where Lavin continued his work with the company and eventually became owner.He affirms that the unique family culture still present at OSI is crucial to the innovation which occurs there on a regular basis.
While the goal of OSI is obviously to continue to grow as much as possible, the company and its executives have never forgotten where they have come from and their beginnings. The company takes great pride in its charitable giving as a whole and encourage each and every employee to have that same attitude, no matter what level of the company they are currently in.
Lavin has brought an entrepreneurial spirit to the company which has stayed since his arrival. Unlike a typical corporation which is operated from the top down, there is no employee to big or too small to give their input as to how things may be done or as to what changed may be implemented. It is with this attitude that Sheldon Lavin continues to forge ahead in the global meat and food processing industry. With no signs of slowing down, it is a safe bet that OSI will a powerhouse for many years to come.