Sheldon Lavin was an outsider to the meat manufacturing industry when he began his journey decades ago. It has been 43 years since he embarked on a new path and decided to commit himself to OSI Group. He was originally an executive in the banking industry. Sheldon also was an entrepreneur with his own consulting firm. He was brought in to work with the founders of OSI Group which was known as Otto and Sons at the time. He eventually became CEO and Chairman of OSI Group when the original owners retired. OSI has grown into a meat manufacturing powerhouse since then. It is an international company with over 20,000 employees. The culture at OSI is infectious in nature from the top ranks down to the newest employees.
Lavin’s relationship with Otto and Sons developed when the company was offered an opportunity to build a meat processing plant in the Midwest. The new project was intended to suit the needs of Otto and Sons’ number one client at that time, the McDonald’s Corporation. The company did not have the capital to build a facility on their own. The bank recommended that Lavin come in as a partner and oversee the evolution. Sheldon was excited to be a part of the project but wanted to have the same decision-making power and stake in the company as the original owners. He began as a consultant. His role grew with Otto and Sons. Sheldon Lavin therefore invested more into the organization.
At this point the company became known as OSI Group and started to become involved in overseas investments. McDonald’s suggested that Lavin become a full-time partner after the original founder settled into retirement. Lavin had great respect for the McDonald’s Corporation and took their suggestion on running OSI Group.
Sheldon Lavin has continued to win awards and gain recognition for all of his accomplishments over the years. He received the Global Visionary Award on February 20th 2016. The award was issued by India’s Vision World Academy as acknowledgement of Shelon’s international contributions to corporate growth. He has been committed to philanthropy just as much as business. OSI Group has received several environmental achievement awards throughout the years. Sheldon believes that this is something that up and coming executives should continue to practice.
After decades of meat manufacturing industry experience, Sheldon Lavin shows no signs of slowing down. He is heavily involved with charities at the Ronald McDonald House. Lavin is also mostly proud of the three children he was able to raise with his wife, and the contributions he has been able to make to the communities OSI Group operates in.