Sheldon Lavin is the current chairman and CEO of OSI Group LLC, a privately owned American group of meat processors based in Aurora, Illinois. Prior to joining OSI as the group CEO, Sheldon Lavin began his professional life over forty years ago and had a great career as a financial consultant and an investment banker. His academic background is in finance and accounting, and he has always envisioned himself in a business that he owned, a direction he would eventually pursue in life.
Life at OSI Group
Sheldon Lavin started working with Otto and Sons — as the company was known as in its early years named after Otto Kolschowsky and his family — in the 1970s when he facilitated the company’s financing. He had facilitated the purchase of the first meat facility for the company in West Chicago, Illinois. He continually became involved with the company and eventually became an owner. That is how he became involved with meat processing.
From the beginning, Sheldon Lavin’s vision for the company was to transform it into a world-class food processing enterprise, a goal that he has successfully achieved. OSI industry is a world-class food processing company, by any means. The company has over 70 facilities spread over 17 countries on different continents across the globe. Primarily, OSI’s product range is protein products, but the company also provides baked goods, vegetable items, and a variety of sauces and more
A Different Culture
OSI isn’t run like a typical company where everything is dictated at the top, no. It’s a totally different culture there; most would be surprised. According to Sheldon Lavin, the company operates much like a family. There are day-to-day issues that every organization has to deal with at every step of the way; these exist at OSI too.
There are budgetary limits, different levels of responsibility as well as a set of rules and strategies to be followed, too. Sheldon Lavin hopes that in the future, the company will continue to grow to a world-class organization. After his retirement, he hopes that the talent and the energetic team of young employees at the company will continue with the journey.