The world loves stories of business success. There is one such story of a butcher shop on a street corner in America that became a provider of multinational food. This is the story of the OSI Group. Today, the OSI Group can proudly claim 65 facilities in 17 countries, and 20,000 employees. The mighty company started small, and is still growing in today’s competitive and globalized economy.
The one thing that is notable about the OSI Group is that its roots originate in the immigration experience. Otto Kolschowsky, the founder, was part of Chicago’s booming German-immigrant population at the turn of the twentieth century. At that time, the city was a major hub of industry for the entire nation. It was also the entry point for millions of immigrants who wanted to pursue a better life in America.
Kolschowsky opened his small meat market and butcher shop, and within a decade his business expanded into wholesale operations. By then, his business was large enough to expand operations to the Chicago suburb of Maywood. In another ten years, his business expanded into Otto & Sons. This business success continued for decades, and then it grew exponentially!
During the transition into a much larger profitable company, and the fact that the sons of Otto reached retirement age, there was a decision to bring on someone who could run the company and take it into the modern age. Sheldon Lavin took on the job of CEO. He had previously served as the company’s investment consultant.
It just so happens that Sheldon Lavin knows how to build and lead businesses to success. His forte is specializing in large scale operations that allow companies to sustain large and complex food supply chains. His knowledge and experience enables him to track a wide variety of elements. These include, but are not limited to, what customers prefer, shortages of resources, and changes in technology. He has an ability to manage companies with an entire array of finicky details.
Sheldon Lavin is a successful because he knows the value of sharing knowledge and responsibilities with those who work closely with him. By delegating authority, Sheldon Lavin is able to consider numerous variables that enable him to make the best decisions for his company.
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