Sheldon Lavin’s 43 years career in the meat industry has seen him transition from being a financial expert to an executive leader of a successful company that manufactures different food products. Lavin’s first experience in the meat industry was in 1970 when he arranged financing for a company that engaged in the manufacturing meat products, Otto & Sons. The young company was the supplier of hamburgers to the renowned McDonald’s Corporation.
When Sheldon Lavin started working closely with Otto & Sons, the company continued to flourish as the meat supplier started looking for overseas investments. Due to advanced age, Mr. Otto decided to retire from the company. He left his two sons and Lavin as partners in the business. Owing to his extensive knowledge and experience in the financial sector, he helped the Otto & Sons to secure sufficient capital to run its operations. To this end, McDonald’s demanded the financial expert to join the company. The management of McDonald’s was optimistic that his leadership at Otto & Sons would help both companies to grow faster and have a global presence. The meat supplying company changed its name to OSI Group. Under Sheldon’s leadership, OSI has grown from a small meat supplier into a global brand. This growth has seen the number of employees in the company’s payroll rise to over 20,000.
Sheldon Lavin took total control of the company after the two sons sold their shares to him. At 81 years, the executive leader is still the chief executive officer of OSI Group and has not given up on growing the company. Although the group has 55 facilities globally, Lavin is still pushing for the establishment of more factories, especially in China. He has also ensured that the company has expanded into all the continents. In addition, the corporation has active presence in Philippines, Australia, India, and South America.
In recognition of his contribution at OSI, India’s Vision World Academy honored the executive with the Global Visionary Award on February 20, 2016. Sheldon is passionate about philanthropy. Over the years, he has contributed to several charities, including Ronald McDonald House Charities, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Evans Scholarship Fun, and the Inner City Foundation of Chicago.