It is of course not every day that someone wins something as prestigious as a lifetime contribution award. It was on February 20, 2016, that Sheldon Lavin was awarded one of these. He was honored for building OSI Group from a US-focused company into one that is now global in size. The award is the Global Visionary Award. It is only handed out to a select few each year by India’s Vision World Academy. Sheldon Lavin accepted this award in person at a ceremony.
This award is given to those who develop their company into a global business through sheer perseverance and persistence. When Sheldon Lavin first became an owner of OSI Group, as well as the chairman and CEO, it was a small company with just a headquarters in Aurora, Illinois, and a single food processing facility located just outside of Chicago. Today it has 80 facilities and supplies customized food around the world to global restaurant chains such as KFC, Subway, Starbucks, and McDonald’s among others.
When he first became aware of OSI Group it was then called Otto & Sons and was owned by the Kolschowsky family. He could see how this company’s business model could be so much greater than what they were doing at the time and after a time he was invited to become one of the owners and the top executive which was an offer he accepted.
Of course, like any business OSI Group has rules, procedures, and budgets to follow. However, Sheldon Lavin has always said that being a family in business together is the priority. They operate differently than most big companies but it works for them and is what he believes separates his company from other businesses in the food processing industry. He says that the business model of OSI Group will long outlast him and he is confident that once he is gone the company will not only be fine but will continue to grow and expand into new markets.
While Sheldon Lavin has been overseeing his company it has won numerous awards. These have been for health and safety compliance. They have also been given for environmental stewardship as well as how they require their suppliers to engage in humane animal husbandry. He strives to operate OSI Group as a sustainable company not just in how they operate economically but also in regards to treating the Earth and animals with dignity and respect.
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