Sheldon Lavin is currently the CEO and Chairman of OSI Group, one of the world’s largest meat provider. He is also the president of OSI International Foods Ltd. and still handles the company’s operations actively. Although his background is on Accounting and Finance, he became a successful businessman in the meat processing industry. In one of his interviews, Lavin shared lessons and insights about his journey with OSI Group.
Being a business owner is what Sheldon Lavin envisioned because of his academic background. However, when Otto Kolschowsky needed help in financing his family business “Otto & Sons”, Lavin’s journey into meat processing started. Otto & Sons became what is known today as OSI Group and Lavin are still involved in the company’s operations. Lavin also revealed that from the start, he envisioned the company to be a world class food processing enterprise.
OSI Group is currently operating in 17 countries with 70 facilities worldwide. The company expanded its product line with vegetable items, sauces, and baked goods. What makes OSI Group different in the company their size, according to Sheldon Lavin, is because OSI is an entrepreneurial company. Instead of ruling as a dictator, what worked with OSI is the way they operate as a family. There are still rules and strategies, levels of responsibility, and budgetary limits. But instead of competition, everyone from every department is helping each other, just like a family.
Sheldon Lavin also revealed how innovation is always in his DNA, but working with OSI Group nurtured it and made it better. It is not only his innovation that improved in OSI. The company also helped him learn how to manage people like a family. He believes that without the loyal and talented folks that the company has, their success will not be possible. Treating employees as a family is one if the secret to OSI’s success. Lavin’s office is always open for his employees. He even let them call him Sheldon or Shelly instead of “Mr. Lavin.”
Right now, OSI is also involved in Ronald McDonald House Charities. This is the company’s way to give back to its community. As OSI continues to have profitable growth, Sheldon Lavin believes that the company will continue to thrive even after his retirement.
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