Sheldon Lavin’s background did not suggest that he would get involved in the meat industry. He entered into the business 43 years ago and quickly learned that he had a passion. Sheldon Lavin had been a successful investor and was working in the banking industry. He had a consulting firm of his own at when he began working with the founders of OSI Group. Sheldon evolved into the Chairman and CEO of the company over the years and has transformed the organization into a worldwide leader in food supply. OSI Group is an international organization that has over 20,000 employees. Lavin is directly responsible for a culture that breeds success from top executives all the way down to the newest employees.
Sheldon Lavin initially got involved with OSI Group in the 1950’s. At the time the company was known as Otto and Sons. Otto and Sons was offered a chance to build a state-of-the-art meat processing facility in the northwest. The opportunity came through working with the McDonald’s Corporation. However, the founders of Otto and Sons did not have the capital to support such an operation. Sheldon was asked to oversee the financial aspect of the project by the bank. Lavin agreed to work with Otto and Sons as long as he had equal stake in the operation. He initially came on as a consultant. At the request of the McDonald’s corporation. Lavin was asked to become involved with the project full time and more
Sheldon Lavin became a partner in the organization after many of the original owners settled into retirement. Lavin eventually gained full control of the company as Chairman and CEO. Otto and Sons became known as OSI Group and began conducting overseas investments.
Sheldon Lavin is credited for his role in building OSI Group into the international success that it is today. Lavin was given the Global Visionary Award on February 2016. The award is handed out by Indian’s Vision World Academy and is acknowledgement of Sheldon’s contributions to the industry on an international level. Sheldon is also a firm believer in philanthropy and puts as much effort into it as he does his business. OSI has received Awards for its environment work over the years. Sheldon Lavin is convinced that these are practices that must be adhered to by executive leaders.