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Sheldon Lavin’s Dedication to building a world-class food processor at OSI Industries

With years of experience, Sheldon Lavin is one of the most prominent executives in the American food industry. For several years, Sheldon has been overseeing the day-to-day operations of OSI Group while also doubling as its Chairman. OSI Group is a multinational holding company of meat processors headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, U.S. Otto Kolschowsky started the company as a family butcher shop in 1909 in Oak Park, Illinois. The company was initially known as Otto & Sons.

The company’s presence started to grow as it secured deals from renowned food retailers such as the McDonalds. It was in 1975 that the name was changed to OSI Group. The company has continued to grow and expand its operations not only in the U.S but also across the world. Currently, the firm serves clients in over 17 countries across the globe. Pizza Hut, Subway, and Starbucks are some of the companies (clients) OSI deals with.

Sheldon Lavin, who joined the firm in the 1970s back when it was still known as Otto & Sons, has played a key role in facilitating growth. He did this by incorporating a wide variety of strategies that helped OSI Group expand into North America, Europe, and Taiwan between the 1970s and 80s. As proof of his impeccable work and commitment to grow OSI Group, the firm has bagged numerous sustainability and environmental awards under his leadership. For instance, in 2007, OSI Group won the International Safety Award. This was awarded to them by the British Safety Council.

Recently, under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI Food Solutions Spain (a branch under OSI Group) successfully expanded its operations in Spain. With a new high capacity production line, OSI Foods Solutions Spain is now able to process 24000 tons of chicken which is double what it could handle previously. Since the workload increased, so did the demand for labor. It, in turn, led to the creation of new jobs in the firm.

To grow, even more, OSI Group recently announced that David McDonald, the current president would take over the position of C.O.O of the firm. It is a big deal for David McDonald considering that he joined the firm as an intern to Sheldon Lavin.

Through his hard work, David has been able to rise in ranks in the company. It is evident that David McDonald, at his current position, will bring in new ideas to help take the OSI Group to the next level.

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Multi-Millionaire Vinod Gupta Takes Steps To Close India’s Educational Gender Gap

Founder and General Partner of Everest Capital Partners, Inc., Vinod Gupta is a businessman who went from a small-town Indian boy to a successful multi-millionaire. After earning his Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, he started his own business centered around database technology. 38 years and multiple name changes later, he finally sold InfoGroup for $680 million. Read more about Vinod Gupta on Forbes’ 2018 “World’s Billionaires” list includes Vinod and Anil Rai Gupta.

 

Gupta cites his extensive education as the source of his success in the business realm. Because of this, he sees it as his own personal duty to use his wealth in order to provide educational opportunities to those who may be underprivileged. Though he does not find happiness in his fortune alone, Gupta has said that he finds satisfaction and motivation through using his own wealth for the benefit of others. Learn more about Vinod and his company Here.

 

Notably, Gupta donated $1 million to help develop a women’s polytechnic school in his hometown. Through this school, many women were able to receive a postgraduate degree within 24 months. He has also donated money to aid in developing a school for girls in his hometown. India has a long history of gender inequality, so women are not often given the same educational opportunities as men. With the establishment of two schools for women, Vinod Gupta has helped to close the educational gender gap that has persisted throughout India’s history.

 

Gupta has made many charitable contributions to existing universities as well. He has used some of his fortune to establish the first business school and law school under the Indian Institute of Technology. He also set up scholarship funds at the University of Nebraska and at George Washington University. Over the last two decades, Gupta has used over $50 million from his own wealth in facilitating educational advancements.

 

 

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