Leadership is one of the most valuable qualities we have in the business world today. While the list of organizational leaders is exceedingly large, you will be surprised to find out that only a few of them meet the cut. One of the many business leaders you sure cannot miss out on the list of influential people is OSI Group’s CEO Sheldon Lavin. Mr. Lavin’s success story as well as his resilience is one that speaks volume that nothing is impossible as long as one has the will to try.
Despite lacking background knowledge in the meat industry, Mr. Sheldon Lavin has been able to build himself a three decade career profile in this industry. It’s true to say that the current successes being enjoyed by OSI Group can be directly attributed to Mr. Sheldon. While this is true, it is important to note that Mr. Sheldon at no point foresaw himself joining the meat industry.
Professionally, Sheldon Lavin is a trained financial expert with educational competencies in the area of finance. In the 1970s, Lavin was working as a financial advisory at a local bank where the then Otto & Sons business was a member too and also had his own private practice. Mr. Lavin was approached by his bank to facilitate the financing of Otto & Sons who wanted money for their business transactions. Impressed by his services, Otto approached Sheldon to work full time as the company’s financial adviser but the uninterested Sheldon settled for a consultant role. After being involved in most operations of the business, Sheldon started appreciating the meat industry more and when an opportunity occurred to own shares in the company he seized the moment. He would later come to drop financial consultancy role and settle for a full time position at OSI Group when he acquired full ownership of the company in the 1980s.
To Sheldon, OSI Group has been a journey of continuous improvement both for self and the business. Sheldon has been remarkable beating his counterparts with training and educational competencies in the industry. In the many awards Mr. Sheldon has worn, he has attributed his success to his employees with whom he values as his extended family.
Business asides, the OSI Group’s CEO and owner is also known for his philanthropic contributions. Thanks to the generous financial contributions and the board positions Sheldon holds at different nonprofit organization, Mr. Sheldon has helped contributed to a better community for everybody.
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