Sheldon Lavin is a man who believes that for you to achieve greatness, you must be patient. His favorite quote is that Rome was not built in a day. Despite being a successful businessman in the food industry, Sheldon Lavin began in the banking industry. This is an area where he was very successful establishing his own firm.
Today, Sheldon Lavin is known as the proud owner of a food retail giant known as the OSI Foods. With this institution, he acts as the president and chief executive officer. OSI Group is an international company with subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and North America. He took over the OSI Group when it was a small company. During that time, the OSI Group used to be the number one supplier of meat products to McDonald’s. He has transformed the company to a firm with 65 operating plants in more than 17 countries.
The OSI Group today employs 20,000 people across the globe. If there is one thing that Sheldon Lavin is proud about is the culture that he has established within the company. He says that people are the most important part of his organization despite having a small turnover. In the year 2016, the OSI Group had an annual revenue of $6.2 billion. This turnover made the company the 58th largest privately owned company in the world. Some of the countries where Sheldon Lavin has managed to expand his firm to include Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Japan and China. Sheldon Lavin says that he joined the company in the year 1970 when he was asked to serve as the banking consultant of the company.
Other than the OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin is currently involved with several charities to help the less privileged people in America. Some of the charities include the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Evans Scholarship Fund and the Inner City Foundation of Chicago. He is also currently involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago as well as the United Negro College Fund. Despite being 81 years old, Sheldon Lavin remains enthusiastic and optimistic about the state of the food industry around the world.