Sheldon Lavin: Innovatively Spearheading the Global Expansion of OSI Group

Since its founding in 1909, OSI Group has grown into a multinational corporation. It currently occupies the enviable position of industry leader when it comes it comes to distribution and supply of processed foods. OSI Group’s leadership has guided the Otto Kolschowsky-founded company into multi-billion dollar company from its humble beginnings by pushing for organic growth in the global and domestic processed foods markets. Sheldon Lavin’s tenure at as the chief executive officer of OSI Group has been synonymous with global and domestic expansion. Since taking over the reins at the company, the company has established a formidable presence across key markets in Europe and Asia. He has overseen the company’s strategic position in these markets by acquiring companies that are strategically positioned with the view of expanding OSI Group’s product lines and quality service delivery capacity.

Sheldon Lavin is a visionary leader with excellent ability to identify unique opportunities. This has seen him guide the company to domestic dominance by constantly seeking for unique investment opportunities. As soon as he joined the company and was made partner by Otto Kolschowsky’s sons in the 1970s, Sheldon Lavin got down to increasing the company’s domestic operational footprint. It grew from supplying hamburger to McDonald’s to supplying processed foods such as chicken, pork, and beef all across the Americas including Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. The company partnered with Select Ready Foods to break into the Canadian processed foods market in addition to acquisition and opening of new plants in the U.S. In 2016, it acquired Tyson Foods’ plant in Illinois in a deal worth $7.4 million.

Expansion into Europe, Asia and Beyond

Sheldon Lavin is a suave businessman and a master strategist. All his business decisions are strategically made and aimed at achieving a strategic goal. Having gained full control of the company, Lavin has overseen a period of unmatched success throughout the Sheldon Lavin’s history of the company. With an employee base of over 20,000 employees, OSI Group currently boasts of a strong presence in Europe and Asia and a green business model. In 2016, the company acquired UK-based UK Flagship Europe, Germany-based Hynek Schlachthof GmbH, and Netherland-based Baho Food. It also entered into a joint venture with Germany-based EDEKA in 2014. This is an addition to strong presence in China and Japan.

Learn More: www.bloomberg.com/profiles/people/17322384-sheldon-lavin

Unicorn FinTech Company, GreenSky Credit, Makes it Easy to Finance Home Improvement

The article “Handyman’s Helper: How GreenSky’s David Zalik Skipped School on his Way to Becoming a Billionaire”, published by Forbes, reveals GreenSky Credit’s CEO and co-founder, David Zalik didn’t need school to be successful.

David Zalik not only dropped out of college, but he skipped high school. It turns out, he didn’t need it. Zalik started attending college at the ripe age of 12, after placing so well on his standardized tests. Auburn University invited him to go to classes after seeing his scores. He attended classes for two years before he decided to drop out. Zalik decided to leave the school after founding his computer assembly company, MicroTech.

He sold the company when he was twenty-two for a few million dollars. After that, the GreenSky Credit founder went on to become a consultant for companies like Home Depot Inc. and Coca-Cola Co., where he helped them with their mobile and web development. GreenSky Credit grew out of that consulting company.

Zalik decided to create GreenSky Credit with Larry Smith in 2006, in Atlanta, Georgia. He used his own money and his own loans to launch the company since he did not want to surrender equity.

GreenSky Credit has since been ranked as a “unicorn” financial technology company by CB Insights, a machine intelligence company that provides insights into startups for angel investors. CB Insights reveals that the lending company is ranked only behind well-known companies like SoFi and Stripe. The company has since been valued at nearly $3.6 billion.

GreenSky Credit, however, isn’t competing with banks. Instead, it functions as a technological middleman between the merchants and the banks. As the merchant tries to sell a large project that a client would need a loan for, he simply scans the barcode strip on the driver’s license of his potential client. A mere thirty seconds later, not only is the client approved for a loan, but he won’t have any interest or payments for twelve months. Though they only accepting high FICO credit scores to loan, they have still been able to back nearly $12 billion in loans. The company only hopes to keep growing and sets its sights on loans of $20 billion loans by 2020.

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