Promise-Keeper David G. McDonald, President & Chief Operating Officer Of OSI Group LLC

David G. McDonald is the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of OSI Group LLC. Under his leadership OSI Group LLC has realized some important objectives and strategies. One such objective is greater sustainability.

The life cycle of food products includes agriculture, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, use, and disposal. Food production creates the largest impact on the environment. With more than 65 facilities in 17 countries, it requires strong leadership, innovation, experience, knowledge, and determination to achieve such an enormous feat. David McDonald has created a plan of action toward greater sustainability for OSI Group LLC companies that are making strides toward this goal.

The OSI Riverside, California facility implemented several green initiatives earning them the California Green Business Award (2016). Under the leadership of David McDonald, many other OSI sustainability goals are being implemented and operating successfully.

Educational Background Of David G. McDonald

Having grown up on a northeastern Iowan farm, David G. McDonald chose an educational path strongly influenced by the farming culture in which he was born and raised. “Over 85% of Iowa’s land mass is used for agriculture. Iowa is the largest producer of corn and soybeans, second largest of red meat, raises nearly a third of the nation’s hogs, and is the number two exporter of agricultural products in the United States.” Pursuing an education in animal science at Iowa State University (ISU) was a natural next step for a true Iowan like David Mcdonald.

David McDonald deepened his roots in the field of agriculture at Iowa State University (ISU). In 1987, he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Animal Science in addition to receiving the noteworthy Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award at Iowa State University. The ISU Alumni Association presents this award to graduating seniors demonstrating high moral character, outstanding academic and personal development achievements, participation in university-affiliated community activities, and a commitment to such as alumni. In addition, recipients receive the Official Iowa State University Ring to remind them of their promise to and experience at ISU. With that promise at the forefront of his future, he set about becoming a promise-keeper as McDonald began his career with OSI Group LLC as project manager.

David McDonald received the Order of the Knoll ‘Emerging Philanthropist Award’ (2014) in recognition of his philanthropic support, creative leadership, and dedicated service to the Iowa State University Foundation and Iowa State University.

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Sheldon Lavin Takes OSI Group Across the Globe by Innovation

Sheldon Lavin always wanted to own a business when he started his professional life upon graduating from college. His background is in finance and his initial foray into the business world was as a consultant who helped companies secure funding for their operations and expansions.

Lavin’s goal, however, wasn’t just to run his own business, he also wanted to make a difference in the world and in the lives of people. He focused on food products as a way to enrich the lives of people with something they need every day.

His work as a financial consultant paid off when he began a relationship with a small food processor known as Otto & Sons. He helped them secure funding to expand their activities and continued through the years to maintain a working relationship with them. Eventually, the remaining partners retired and Lavin bought the business with global ambitions in mind. He has been their owner and CEO for decades and they have grown into a truly special company with a worldwide reach.

Sheldon Lavin intuitively realized the important role that technology would play in enhancing business activity and promoting greater productivity. Marketing is one area that Lavin has found this to be especially true and OSI Group uses the most advanced, modern marketing techniques to reach its customers and to communicate their vision.

Social media advertising and internet marketing are used by OSI Group and this keeps them at the forefront of successful marketing tactics. Technological trends are constantly monitored and the information is analyzed by a special team at OSI Group that keeps their marketing efforts current. Any techniques discovered by them will be incorporated into the company’s marketing programs.

One important facet of Lavin’s success in business has been his forward-looking nature. He believes that this sets him apart from the crowd and contributes greatly to his success in business and life. Early in his career, he began making decisions that would improve his situation in the future. This has allowed him to build an extraordinary company that has stood the test of time.

In a recent interview, Lavin articulated some of his thoughts on helping business leaders develop innovation in their own careers. He indicated that a humble attitude is very important as learning from co-workers and trusting human capital can go far toward cultivating an innovative atmosphere. He advocates listening to as many smart people as possible. Sheldon Lavin continues his amazing career with OSI Group and enjoys his work to this day.

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