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Sheldon Lavin’s Journey from a Financial Consultant to a Leader in the Meat Industry

Sheldon Lavin is well known for his investment in OSI Group, the leader in meat products business. One thing that most people do not know about Mr. Sheldon is that he is a financial adviser by profession. This is arguably brought about by Mr. Lavin’s huge success in the business through his company OSI Group. How then did Sheldon Lavin find himself in an industry he had little experience in?

Sheldon Lavin’s journey to the meat industry dates back to his Chicago banking practice. During his time as a banker, Mr. Lavin was approached by his bank to arrange financing for Otto & Sons as it was referred to then. After arranging this finance, Sheldon was requested by the bank to work for the company as a full time financial adviser, a position he turned down for lack of training in the meat industry. However, Mr. Sheldon would later work with the company as a private consultant gaining knowledge and interest in the industry. At the end of the 1970s, Mr. Sheldon seized an opportunity and joined the company as an equal partner in the business.

Mr. Sheldon’s success in the company is motivated by his vision and appreciation of his employees. The financial advisor turned entrepreneur’s vision for OSI Group was for it to become the number one global food processing company. This, OSI Group has been able to achieve and even surpass thanks to its physical presence in 17 countries and over 70 food process plants. Lavin has been able to make this happen by positively influencing his employees. Despite having rules and bureaucracy to follow, OSI Group operates as a huge family where everybody needs each other. This setup has fueled positive energy within the organization which has helped the company achieve its objectives easily.

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