Sheldon Lavin is the CEO and chairman of the OSI group. Getting to the place where he is, as the owner of the largest meat and meat products processing plants in the world was not easy for him. When he started out, his competitors used to claim that he was just another Macdonald-centric burger meat supplier, less than three decades later, he owns the largest multinational. The one saying that can describe his growth in business however that Rome was not built in one day.
Currently, the OSI group employs more than 20,000 people globally. The owner and chairman of the company state that he is most proud of the sense of corporate culture that he has managed to filter down through the ranks at the enterprise. He believes that the family oriented culture is the reason most employees have stuck with the company and that due to this feeling; they have managed to reduce the instances of employee turnover. This means that people who have worked in the business for a long time and are hence very well experienced in the job are retained to the benefit of the firm.
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He started his career towards success in the 70’s. He looked for financing for the company that preceded OSI Group, the Otto &Sons LLC. The company had gotten an opportunity to supply hamburger meat to MacDonald’s, but they needed some funding to expand their capacity. Lavin was requested by the bank that he take up the ownership position at the company, but he turned it down because as a consultant, he was not used to that. He decided that instead, he would be a partner in the business and that his shareholding would equal that of the family members that owned the company.
In 1975, Sheldon Lavin agreed to come fully on board and assist the company with their expansion. They started expanding oversees and headed to Europe. Currently, the group has representation in the Philippines, China, India, Japan, South Africa and Australia. With the leadership and vision of Sheldon Lavin, the company will go to even greater heights in investment.
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