OSI Group McDonalds has grown into a fully Global, privatize corporation which has ties to one of the largest restaurant chains in the entire Globe: McDonalds. It started out with a couple of German immigrants in the Chicago area who were proficient Meat Distributors that made meat for a burgeoning McDonald’s at its youth, in Des Plaines, Illinois, under the leadership of Ray Kroc. As McDonald’s grew, so did OSI Group McDonalds. And now currently, David McDonald who is the Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group McDonalds has spent a great deal of time laying the foundation for OSI Asia, which carefully integrates the Taiwanese and Chinese culture into the supply chain for some of the meat products in the Asiatic and Pacific areas. More about of OSI Group McDonalds at Forbes
On top of all of this, In 1975 the now CEO of OSI Group McDonalds Sheldon Lavin changed the name from Otto and Sons in order to become more globally available and professional in appearance. This move, in combination with entering other world markets besides North America, have propelled this group to the top of the food chain (literally). But family is also a large Focus for OSI Group McDonalds, as stated by David McDonald himself (who got a degree in animal Sciences from Iowa State University after growing up on a farm his entire life). “It is important to note that, within OSI, we value family. Our people and our customers are viewed as family. The products that we make should be good enough to serve to our respective families proudly.”
In terms of European food market acquisition, this private company has been able to acquire the Baho group out of the Netherlands, and the Creative Foods Europe group as well. These key acquisitions were paramount in the growth of European markets for the group.
OSI Group chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin is a very successful and experienced business executive. After earning degrees in finance and accounting from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois as well as a business degree from Chicago’s Roosevelt University, Lavin went on to have a lucrative career in banking. He also became an active investor and spent 15 years running Sheldon Lavin and Associates, a Chicago based financial consulting firm. It was there he became associated with the food services company Otto & Sons, which would later change its name to the OSI Group.
The company had turned to Lavin for help to purchase new equipment and getting a larger facility in West Chicago. Sheldon Lavin not only provided the financing, he also became a shareholder in the company. When the owners of Otto & Sons retired in the late 1970s, Lavin purchased a controlling interest in the company, changed its name to the OSI Group and began to systematically transform it into an international food processing and distribution company. The company now has a loyal customer base in 85 countries and more than 70 production facilities located in almost 20 countries around the world.
One of the things Lavin has always stressed is the use of safe production methods that ensured responsible environmental management. This has led the company to be awarded the Globe of Honor by the British Safety Council three times and win a number of other awards for effective environmental stewardship. Lavin also encouraged innovation in the company’s food development. That has enabled the OSI Group to create tasty foods specifically designed to meet the needs of people from many different cultures. This has played a major role in the success of the company’s global expand efforts.
Over the past 40 years, Sheldon Lavin has been able to make his vision for the OSI Group as a major force in the international food services industry a reality. In 2016 the Vision World Academy recognized the success Sheldon Lavin has enjoyed by giving him the Global Visionary award. It was a fitting tribute to a man who has been successful in taking a Chicago area butcher shop and neighborhood meat market and transforming it in a company with branches in Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Japan, India and Mexico and all across Europe by purchasing companies like Baho Foods and Flagship Europe and building state-of-the-art facilities.
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Sheldon Lavin is the Chief executive Officer and Chairman of OSI Group which is a company that deals with meat and food processing and is currently the largest food provider globally. Initially, he started as a consultant for the group and later became a partner of the company as it expanded its operations into Asia, South America and Europe. In the 1980s, he took over OSI Group as he purchased a monitoring interest and has never looked back since then. His experience as an investor and executive in the banking sector placed him strategically to being in that particular position at OSI Group. The OSI Group is in 17 nations and owns 65 facilities with 20,000 employees, and this means the involvement of a lot of management work. In that case, the contribution of Sheldon Lavin in his position and the success that has been realized over the years in the company has brought him out as a hardworking and dedicated individual in the food processing industry both locally and internationally. Under his management, poultry became a new product line to be introduced which as well led to the purchase of a poultry company. Having been started from a humble beginning and in a foreign country by immigrants, the OSI Group has come a long way in its achievements.
For his hard work and activities over the years especially in OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin has been presented with a Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy. He has as well overseen the recognition of OSI Group as a company being honoured with awards for preserving the environment and sustainability. In that case, he is concerned about whoever will take over his position when the time comes, and he hopes that he will continue with his good work and as well be committed to the group’s success. In addition to his remarkable successes in his career, he is as well keen on giving back to the society. Sheldon Lavin creates time to be part of charities which include the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Jewish United Fund and Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. With such involvement, he gets viewed from a different perspective other than the office person he seems to be throughout. With his tight schedule, one would expect that he does not have time for community initiatives. Additionally, he is a family person which means he has a lot to manage in his life.
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