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Sheldon Lavin, the chairman and chief executive officer of the international food procession firm the OSI Group, is a man of many talents. He has degrees in accounting and finance. He had a very successful career in the banking industry. Lavin also ran his own accounting firm for many years. Plus, he is an investor, philanthropist, caring chief executive and the man behind the OSI Group’s worker, food and environmental safety policies and the architect of the family atmosphere at the global food industry giant. Above all else, Sheldon Lavin is a visionary who sees what is possible and makes it happen.

One example of Sheldon Lavin’s vision is the growth trajectory of the OSI Group. When Lavin first became involved with the company in the 1970s it was a meat processing company called Otto & Sons that provided beef patties for McDonald’s and quality cuts of meat for restaurants and supermarkets in Illinois. But Sheldon Lavin saw the company had potential to be much more. So he bought large amounts of the company’s stock, took control of the company in the 1980s, changed its name to the OSI Group and began executing an expansion plan that now has the company serving customers in 85 countries.

Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, the OSI Group has 70 food processing facilities scattered throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. Their customer base numbers in the hundreds of millions and the company is praised for its ability to produce foods developed specifically to meet the tastes of customers from a diverse range of cultures. Plus, the OSI Group no longer is just a meat processing company. The company now produces and processes meat, fish, poultry, vegetable and dough products for its steadily growing international customer base. It’s all part of Sheldon Lavin’s vision for the company.

In recognition of his ability to create and fulfill an expansive vision for the OSI Group over the past 40 years, The Vision World Institute based in India recently gave Sheldon Lavin their Global Visionary Award. The award is given to entrepreneurs who not only create an excellent vision for their company’s growth, but who have shown the discipline, determination, creativity and skill over a period of years to make their vision a reality. Sheldon Lavin is the epitome of such a visionary leader. He has transformed a local meat market into a global food service industry juggernaut.

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