The food industry is a very important sector in every economy. With the ever increasing need for food supplies, this industry is on an all time rise. One person who has been very instrumental in the American food business is Sheldon Lavin. Sheldon Lavin despite having financial experience has been able to grow himself and the OSI Group business to become one of the most celebrated success in the world today.
Mr. Sheldon Lavin is the CEO and owner of OSI Group having acquired it from the Otto & Sons. Initially Sheldon Lavin worked as the primary financier for the family. Otto & Sons extended the olive branch to Mr. Lavin to be part of the business thanks to his expertise in financial matters. Slowly the entrepreneur was able to learn fully the business to the point of fully switching from the financial industry to the meat industry.
Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group has been able to build itself to a strong force to reckon with in the industry. Some of the key aspects Sheldon Lavin has had to focus on in order for the organization to achieve the success it enjoys include employees and investment in infrastructure. According to Sheldon Lavin employees are the greatest resource his company has. For this reason therefore, Sheldon ensures that they are well motivated in order to be productive. Second to employees, OSI Group has invested in state of the art infrastructure. To guarantee the quality of their product, OSI Groups ensures that it carries a proper audit of the equipment and machinery as this helps them guarantee to their customers the quality of their products.
The other strategy that Mr. Sheldon Lavin has used to grow and expand the operations of his business is through acquisitions. OSI Group has acquired a number of food businesses in USA , Europe and other parts of the world. By acquiring already established businesses, OSI Group has been able to enjoy the established market network hence growing its business faster and at a lower cost.
Business aside, Sheldon Lavin is a philanthropist who cares about developing his community. On top of financial contributions Mr. Sheldon is also gets involved by chairing some of the organizations. Some of the organization Sheldon Lavin has been associated with include Ronald McDonald House Charities, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Evans Scholarship Fund and the Inner-City Foundation of Chicago to name but a few.
Being the chairman of OSI group as well as the chief executive officer requires a deep and rich understanding of the meat and food processing industry. Sheldon Lavin has proved beyond doubt that he posses these requirements since his appointment to these positions at OSI Group which is a limited liability company. Other than serving as the CEO and chairman of the OSI group, Sheldon also serves in the position of the president of OSI international foods. He has been a critical active player in the company’s operations and decision making processes.
Sheldon has gained the required experience and knowledge to run this firm, and it started back in 1970 when he got involved in the acquisition of funds for Otto& Sons, which subsequently grew to the OSI group. Under his capable leadership, OSI transformed a local food processing company to one of the key players in the international food industry. Currently, OSI has more than 60 regional branches across 60 different counties.
On February 2016, Sheldon was awarded the Global Visionary Award for his exemplary achievement of bringing OSI into the global scene, by managing to do this, Sheldon Lavin created thousands of jobs for different individuals across different industries on a worldwide scale, therefore, is recognized. On receiving the award, Sheldon was happy and also proud of his achievement. In his speech, he stated that he was humbled and honored to be able to win such a prestigious award. He has been recognized globally by leaders in various fields for his ability to nature and develop OSI into an international powerhouse. Throughout his career, making OSI a household brand aside, Sheldon has always looked out for the welfare of his employees as he knows that they form the background and the pillar of OSI’s success.
Under Sheldon Lavin’s helm, OSI has expanded its operations globally, and at the same time, the company has won environmental sustainability awards as a result of their commitment to the protection of the environment in the 60 plus regions the OSI operates. Sheldon hopes that the future generation of corporate leaders will embrace this trend and look to conserve the environment while undertaking their leadership roles. He also stated that he wishes to inspire the next generation of leaders in the corporate world to dedicate their efforts and time in the development and growth of their companies in a responsible manner that will, in turn, lead to the growth of commerce and the creation of employment opportunities across the world.
Hussain Sajwani is the Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of DAMAC Group. He founded the company in 1982 and was initially only involved in the catering industry. DAMAC initially started small, providing its services in the United Arab Emirates.
He soon expanded the company’s operations into the rest of the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and North Africa. Today, DAMAC Group supplies over 150,000 meals a day in over 200 locations. The types of locations it serves food in is army camps, 5-star hotels, educational facilities, and onshore/offshore oil drilling sites.
In 2002, Hussain Sajwani established DAMAC Properties, a luxury property development company. This came about because he saw a market opportunity when his country opened up owning real estate to foreigners. Under his leadership, DAMAC Properties has grown into one of the largest companies of its type in the Middle East.
Hussain Sajwani’s latest luxury development is located just outside of Dubai on almost 1,000 acres. The centerpiece of the development is a golf course that is named after Donald Trump who was a partner on the project. Hussain Sajwani has already sold over $1 billion in villas and apartments that are part of the development. Read more: Hussain Sajwani | Bloomberg
Another DAMAC Properties development that the company partnered with Trump on will be opening in the next few years. This one features a golf course, which will also be named after Donald Trump, that was designed by golfer Tiger Woods. This will also be located in the greater Dubai area.
As a philanthropist, Hussain Sajwani has donated to a number of charitable efforts. One of these efforts was launched by the leader of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The campaign initiated in order to provide clothing to impoverished children around the world. Sajwani donated AED two million which was enough money to clothe more than 50,000 children.