The 2016 Global Visionary Award’s Honoree Sheldon Lavin

Global Vision Academy has an awards ceremony honoring those who have contributed to businesses and philanthropies impacting the world, and in 2016 their honorary recipient of the Global Visionary award was Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of OSI Industries. Lavin has been at this position for more than 40 years and is over 80 years old, yet he has never tired of serving his company, customers and employees and he’s been more than generous to his local and global communities. He took over a US-based meat wholesale company not knowing much about the industry, but his innovative spirit and friendly personality have helped build that company into one of the world’s largest meat processors and distributors.

The way Lavin’s career began was in banking and investing and prior to running OSI Industries, he had started his own financial consulting business. OSI Industries was actually known as Otto & Sons back then because it had been founded by Otto Kolschowsky in the early 20th century, and since then his sons had taken over the company and had secured a partnership with McDonalds. But this partnership required some more financing on Otto & Sons part because McDonalds was poised to expand heavily overseas and they wanted Otto & Sons to be able to match their demands. It was then that the Kolschowsky sons turned to Sheldon Lavin for assistance arranging the financing, and he was able to accomplish this without many hitches that they asked him to be more involved with the company.

Sheldon Lavin was starting to spend more time at Otto & Sons than he had originally planned, and at first he wanted to pull back from the company because he felt his true passion lay in finances, but he was eventually approached to become CEO of the company with an ownership stake and with the backing of the McDonald’s board. Upon hearing that he could grow Otto & Sons as big as he wanted, Lavin accepted the offer and eventually he was sold all controlling shares. By the mid 1970s, Lavin had changed the company name to OSI Industries because Otto & Sons had now gone international. Sheldon Lavin has opened more than 50 factories since then spanning across 17 different countries with his most recent acquisitions being in the UK with Flagship Europe, the Netherlands with Baho Food and even a local Chicago Tyson plant that might have otherwise closed down. Lavin also won the Edward Jones award for Community Service a couple years ago for his involvement with the Inner City Foundation of Chicago and being on the board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Larkin and Lacey: Improving the Way that Frontera Fund Distributes Resources

Larkin and Lacey are two reporters that were targeted by Joe Arpaio. They have contributed a lot of financial resources towards the Frontera Fund that advocates for mexican immigrant labor as well as migrant workers throughout the state of Arizona.

There have been numerous injustices to the way that Lacey and Larkin were treated by Joe Arpaio’s orders. After their publications about a federal court case, Arpaio incarcerated both reporters in separate mexican facilities. The goal of his endeavors did not succeed or provide positive results, as Larkin and Lacey later sued the state and received a 3.75 million dollar settlement due to the atrocities.

Joe Arpaio has been a sheriff with one of the worst reputations. He has consistently performed negative operations and has even enacted a special task force dedicated to changing the way that people are treated.

He also has a legacy of targeting migrant workers as well as other members of society. His negative attitudes and vindictive missions have often been to slight other political figures or rivals.

There are a lot of problems with the way that Joe Arpaio acts as well as differences in the way that he uses power. Despite the horrible short comings of his reign, Donald Trump had provided a presidential pardon for Arpaio. This was on account of him being a major supporter for the former presidential candidate prior to receiving the GOP nomination. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

Supporting Trump at this influential time in the election ultimately led to Trump gaining the position. Because of this support, Donald Trump has pardoned the behavior of Arpaio, even though many opposition forces do not agree with the decision.

Overall there are a lot of reasons that civil liberties continue to be challenged in the state of Arizona. Not only has Arpaio changed the way that mexicans and migrant workers perceive their rights, but he has also set a negative precedence with his actions and short comings.

The Frontera Fund was started with the funds that Lacey and Larkin had accumulated from their settlement. This fund will continue to address the atrocities that Arpaio committed. It will also stand for the rights of those who are interested in supporting migrant workers and their families.

Since so many families and people are affected by civil liberties challenges, it is important that the Frontera Fund continue on its mission to support and encourage those who have faced adversity. Lacey and Larkin’s contributions have improved the way that organizations perform as well as the fundamental aspects of their work.

Not only are there a lot of opportunities for engagement and support throughout the legal process, but the Frontera Fund can also gain leverage in light of the atrocities that have been permitted by Arpaio.

Not only has Arpaio set a precedence that must be overcome. With careful attention to detail, initiative and support from the community as well as the long standing goals of the Frontera Fund it is possible to gain leverage and change the way that immigrants are treated and work.

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