Sheldon Lavin was not likely to build a career in the meat manufacturing industry. He ventured into the market over 40 years ago and developed a passion for working with a great company. Sheldon Lavin had initially been a successful investor and was working as an executive in the banking industry. Lavin owned his own consulting firm and was running his business when he got involved with the original leaders of OSI Group. Sheldon’s relationship grew with the original founders and he became Chairman and CEO of the company over the years. OSI Group has since grown into an international organization under Lavin’s leadership. It now has an employee staff of over 20,000 people. Lavin is proud of the fact that he has established a culture of success from the executive branch down to the newest members.
Sheldon Lavin initially became involved with OSI Group in the 1950’s when the company was known as Otto & Sons. Otto and Sons had a relationship with the McDonald’s Corporation and was tasked to build a state-of-the-art meat processing plant to work with the restaurant giant. The executives at Otto and Sons were excited about the opportunity. However, they did not have the capital to build such a processing plant. Lavin was asked to oversee the evolution by the bank. He agreed to come in as a consultant. In time his role grew and Lavin was asked to be a part of the project full-time by the executives at the McDonald’s Corporation.
Eventually the original founders of Otto and Sons began to settle into retirement and Sheldon Lavin took over the company full time. He began to make overseas investments with the organization. The company became known as OSI Group and spread throughout the international food manufacturing community.
Sheldon Lavin has received a number of awards for his work in the food processing industry. He was presented with the Global Vision Award by India’s Vision World Academy in 2016. The award is designed to recognize those who make an international impact on the market. OSI Group has also received environmental awards for its philanthropic work. Sheldon Lavin encourages all CEO’s to get involved in the communities at their companies operate in.