Sheldon Lavin was not an expert in meat manufacturing when he began in the industry more than 40 years ago. He had his own consulting firm and was working as an investor in the banking industry. Sheldon was introduced to the founders of Otto and Sons and began a working relationship with them, helping the company as a consultant. His involvement continued to change as Otto and Sons grew larger and larger. OSI Group is now a worldwide organizations with more than 20,000 employees. There are plants operating in the United States, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Lavin is most proud of the culture that he has been able to set from the top ranks all the way to the bottom of company.
Lavin became involved with Otto and Sons in the 1950s. The original owners of the company had developed a working relationship with the McDonald’s Corporation. McDonald’s was growing rapidly and had chosen Otto and Sons to be its primary meat provider. They were in need of a new meat processing facility in the mid-west. However, the family run company did not have the funding to support the venture on their own. Lavin was recommended by the bank to oversee the evolution and help with the financing. He agreed, beginning only as a consultant.
Lavin’s role grew as the original owners of Otto and Sons began to settle into retirement. McDonald’s leadership wanted Lavin to be involved with Otto and Sons full time. Lavin agreed on the pretenses that he would have equal stake in the company. The original set of owners finally went on to retire. Lavin then took over full control of the company as CEO. Soon after Otto and Sons became known as OSI Group. Lavin pushed for growth and began making international investments. OSI Group currently has a client list that includes several other major fast food chains besides McDonald’s.
Sheldon Lavin has received many accolades throughout his tenure as CEO of OSI Group. India’s Vision World Academy presented him with the Global Visionary Award. The award was presented in February 2016 in order to honor Lavin, who continues his global influence in the meat manufacturing industry.
Sheldon Lavin has also remained heavily involved in philanthropy, as OSI Group continues to get recognized for its environmental work throughout the world. Lavin believes in setting an example for up-and-coming executives. He wants them to be as dedicated to the communities they operate in as they are to the business.
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