Sheldon Lavin: Business Integrity

It is important for businesses to work under safe environments and to stay clean. They should be sure to carry out their processes while giving back to the communities that surround it. We now have regulations that ensure that some companies will do what is right, but this shouldn’t be by law enforcement. One person that was ahead of the curve and was doing what was right from the beginning is Sheldon Lavin.

Born in 1932, this man of integrity has left a legacy of business practices and self-governing that should be commended. He was doing what was right before the regulations that many corporations follow now were even present. Mr. Lavin attended Northwestern University and the University of Illinois where he majored in finance and accounting. Later he got a Bachelor of Science in business from the prestigious Roosevelt university. From here he started his own financial consulting business in Chicago which he owned for over 15 years. Around this time of 1970, Lavin started working with OSI a food processing company and became the Chief Executive Officer. At this time OSI was only domestic and had moderate success. Also based in Chicago, the company processes vegetables, dough products, poultry, fish, and other meats. With Lavin at the helm the company quickly grew and to a multibillion dollar company. OSI went from domestic to international and now has over 60 facilities in over 50 countries. Lavin’s business savvy led the company to the top but not at the the expense of anyone. On the contrary, their rapid growth benefited every area they encountered. The company OSI under Sheldon Lavin’s direction has received many environmental, health, and sustainability awards for their clean work. The international growth of the company has caused job growth all over the world to increase. So much to the extent that Sheldon Lavin was rewarded the Global Visionary Award for this work.

Sheldon Lavin is one of the best examples of making a company flourish without sacrificing what is right, good, or ethical. He is actually urging the younger generation of leaders to follow his lead and give while expanding. In a recent interview he said that he “seeks to inspire the next crop of future leaders to dedicate themselves to growing companies in responsible ways” Sheldon Lavin is the Director of the Sheba Foundation and has supported the Ronald McDonald house for over 25 years. His example is one truly to follow.

Sheldon Lavin info: inspirery.com/sheldon-lavin/