A visionary leader is like an asset to an organization. Well, as for Sheldon Lavin, he has been the CEO of OSI Group for over four decades, and his input as a leader can only be termed as invaluable. As much as OSI Group has been able to thrive under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, the company has also had a remarkable history. The history of the company showcases that it started out as a butcher shop before turning out to be a leading company in the food provisions sector.
At first, Otto Kolschowsky was the man in charge of handling butcher shop that he had established in 1909. Later on, the business was growing, and he saw it fit to engage his sons thereby turning the business into a family entity. The family enterprise was known as Otto & Sons. With time, the sons of Otto were able to learn the basics about the business, and in turn, the business was running smoothly. Since Otto & Sons was a revered food processing company back in the day, they were tasked with supplying freshly ground meat to the McDonald’s restaurant joints. Well, the McDonald’s entity was booming fast, and Otto & Sons had to keep up the pace. Nevertheless, there came a time when they had to transport meat products to some McDonald’s joints that were miles away from their processing plants. The distance was the main hurdle since the products need to be delivered while still fresh.
With time, Otto & Sons were able to set their eyes on a solution that involved preserving meat products using liquid nitrogen. The liquid nitrogen would flash freeze the various fresh goods and keep them in a frozen state. That worked out well, and Otto & Sons were still in business as usual. While still expanding their enterprise, Otto & Sons decided to build more food processing plants. Nevertheless, they were in need of more finances to complete one of the plants that were meant to serve McDonald’s restaurant fully.
In the midst of this crisis, Otto & Sons were assisted by Sheldon Lavin to gain access to funds that in turn came in handy in completing the construction of the plant. Since Otto’s sons were about to retire, they had to make sure that the organization was left under the care of a visionary leader. Well, Sheldon Lavin was granted the position of CEO within the company since he had his way around finances and he had helped Otto & Sons to gain access to some funds at a certain period. Additionally, after the leadership structure in organization was reshuffled, the company was rebranded as OSI Group.
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