Business leaders worldwide do not have a crystal ball to predict the role of new technology systems and how it will affect their organization, but all successful leaders recognize that business is primarily about people. The adage, “People do business with people they like” resonates throughout the 43 years in the leadership role of Sheldon Lavin, Chairman, and CEO of OSI Group, LLC.
Sheldon Lavin started his business career as a financial consultant after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. He owned a financial consulting firm for about 15 years focusing on building enterprises. He received his “big break” in 1970 when he facilitated funding for Otto & Sons, former name of OSI Group, LLC. His continued relationship with Otto & Sons lead to becoming a partner and eventually joining OSI permanently.
Sheldon Lavin wears many hats, as the current Chairman and CEO of OSI Group, LLC, serving as the President of OSI International Food Ltd, the Director of National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and as the General Trustee of Rush University Medical Center. He transformed OSI Group, LLC from a humble domestic company into an International multibillion dollar Food Processing Enterprise under his leadership in the span of over 43 years.
From the beginning, Sheldon Lavin had envisioned OSI to become the International Powerhouse in the Food Manufacturing Industry as it has become today. What sets him apart from other leaders is that he created an entrepreneurial culture, where accountability and planning for the future is a company-wide responsibility, resulting in an enterprise that can withstand the test of time.
Another key to innovation and longevity, according to Mr. Lavin is humility. Leaders with this quality will learn from colleagues, creating mutual trust. His philosophy in trusting in human capital has resulted in an unprecedented number of loyal employees with marginal turnover rates.
Sheldon Lavin’s leadership was recently recognized and awarded the prestigious Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy on the academy’s fifth year in February 2016. The award honors visionaries from various fields who have demonstrated and accomplished their business goals and dreams with persistence and perseverance to inspire future leaders.
At 86 years old, Mr. Lavin’s passion for building enterprises has not shown any sign of slowing down. Business leaders of today and future leaders can learn greatly from Mr. Lavin’s successful business history practice and from his passionate visionary leadership style.
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OSI group is determined to achieve sustainability with their president David McDonald very dedicated to this course of action. So far the organization has been able to make progress in areas such as; social responsibility, the environment, and a sustainable supply chain. A sustainable supply chain involves the supply of quality and safe food and also adhering to strict animal welfare standards. Social responsibility includes activities such as giving back to the community, to achieve sustainability through social responsibility OSI group North America donated food to help the homeless children in 2015.
Sustainability has become a great concern for many organization and OSI as a leading global food processing organization has not been left behind. Customers want to deal with an organization that is responsible in the way they run their business in terms of operation in ways such as; minimizing environmental impacts, giving back to the community among other things . David McDonald and the OSI Group are very committed to conducting business in a responsible and sustainable way. As the president of this global food processing company, McDonald has taken the lead in ensuring sustainability is achieved by the organization through activities such as; coming up with new business practices in order to achieve efficiency and effectiveness, enhancing the lives of the employees, building the global communities and also sustaining environmental resources to learn more: http://www.osigroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2016-2017_SustainabilityReport.pdf click here.
David McDonald with his OSI team has sponsored a lot of animal welfare initiatives, workshops and also trainings to raise awareness of the issues facing global network of suppliers and also as a show of their commitment to animal welfare standards. The sustainability initiative is not a short term goal for OSI but rather a long term one. Therefore the organization has also come up with future initiatives so as they can achieve their objectives of sustainability. Some of these goals include the reduction of energy and water intensity by 10% which they strive to achieve by 2020. McDonald as the OSI president and the chief operating officer has impacted the organization’s operations greatly especially by embracing sustainability and making it the basis of the organization’s operation.