Sheldon Lavin had one vision growing up; to be in a business he owns. He followed that dream by pursuing accounting and finance in college. As fate had it, he was fortunate to be hired by OSI Group in the 1970s. At that time, the company was known as Otto & Sons. When he came on board, the company needed financing and leveraging his vast expertise, he helped it to get the financing and grow globally. He continued to be involved with the company since then and today, he has become an owner.
Sheldon Lavin came on board with a purpose to make OSI Group a worldwide food processing enterprise. Currently, OSI has more than 70 facilities across 17 countries. The company grew tremendously evolving into a successful company Mr. Lavin had envisioned. OSI specializes in protein products, although, it also produces vegetable items, sauces, and baked goods.
The entrepreneurial company does not operate like any other as much as they still have strategies to follow, levels of responsibility and budgetary limits. The company has a family culture which has made them evolve and be successful. Sheldon Lavin has strengthened the family culture and leveraging the favorable company culture and his innovation abilities, Mr. Lavin has been able to make the company successful. In an interview, he revealed that innovation is part of his DNA.
The company’s people are appreciated and they are made to feel at home. This is how Sheldon manages to instill the culture in the large organization. It recognizes that it wouldn’t be that successful if not for its people. Mr. Lavin promotes the culture by giving everyone in the enterprise a listening ear. They even dine together in the corporate office addressing each other by first names. You will not find the company’s CEO being addressed by Mr. Lavin. That is how the company has managed to maintain the positive company’s culture more than a century later. It not only takes concern with their employees, but also their employees.
The company has been dedicated to giving back to the community it serves. It has been involved in charitable activities since its inception. Particularly, Sheldon Lavin supports Ronald McDonald House Charities. He is dedicated to his vision to continue having profitable growth.