OSI Group is a company that has made a lot of money processing meat and other food products. Meat is the specialty of the company. It is lead by their Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Lavin. He began his professional career by going to school and taking classes in accounting and finance. He was not exactly sure what type of job he was interested in. However, he knew that acquiring accounting and his financial skills in college would give him many different career opportunities. After he graduated, Sheldon started working with people who were trying to secure the money needed to help them get a business started. Sheldon found that he liked helping people in this way.
It was in this role that Sheldon Lavin came into contact with a man named Otto who had a dream of opening his own company on the west side of Chicago. This was in 1970 when this happened. Otto’s credit was good. Therefore, Sheldon agreed to help him get the money he needed. The man decided to call the company Otto and Sons. Sheldon stayed in touch with Otto. He eventually started working with the company and using his business acumen to help it grow. Sheldon was always working on innovating the way the business was run. He told Otto that he wanted to take the company to different countries.
The name of the company became OSI Group in order for it to be more relatable to business partners in foreign countries. The company has now a successful business and successfully expanded their operations to 18 different countries. Sheldon Lavin is now one of the most powerful people in the global meat processing industry. He credits the success of OSI Group to surrounding himself with smart professionals who have been able to foresee the changes in the global meat market. The company makes most of its money on protein products. However, there are also some vegetable items and baked goods that the company sells on a limited basis. Sheldon Lavin said that he has considered selling a wide range of products. However, he feels focusing on meat is best for the company.