Sheldon Lavin: Balancing business

In the larger scheme of things life is all about balance. Knowing when to give and when to take, knowing when to lead and when to follow, and finally knowing when to help invest in others around us is key. If we could develop and maintain a balance, we could all be successful and triumphant. One person who has mastered this and is very successful is the business man Sheldon Lavin.

Mr. Lavin is the chairman and Executive officer of OSI group. Born in 1932, he has lead this company to great success over the years because of his ability to balance business with a good character. Sheldon Lavin attended multiple colleges and institutions including the University of Illinois and Northwestern university where he studied finance and accounting. Additionally, he went to Roosevelt university where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business. After school he obtained even more knowledge as he opened his own financial consulting business which he ran until he started working with Otto & Sons. This company is what would eventually become OSI the company that he is president of. OSI is a food processing company that works with vegetables, poultry, fish, other meats, and dough products. Lavin in all his industry knowledge lead this company to expand beyond its U.S. borders. The company now has over 60 locations in 60 different countries. That is a lot of expansion but Lavin balances it with a lot of economic job growth worldwide. He received the global Visionary award because of the jobs his company now supplies around the world. Also, the company has a large reputation for being environmental friendly and they have received sustainability awards under Sheldon Lavin’s direction. He doesn’t want to just take for himself, but he wants to give back as well.

He in recent years wants to keep a balance between business and doing what is right and hopes the newer generation of businesses follows his example. Furthermore, Sheldon Lavin gives back to charities as well. He is a frequent supporter of the Ronald McDonald house and has been for over 25 years. Sheldon Lavin has balanced creating and maintaining a very large business with ethical and charitable actions. He has truly mastered balance and it has worked for him phenomenally.

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