Sheldon Lavin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, LLC, has risen to the highest peaks of the meat industry today, but prior to his domination in the world of meat services. Mr. Lavin had already secured a successful career on a very different avenue. Sheldon Lavin began his career in the banking industry, becoming a very successful executive and investor, while simultaneously heading his own investment consulting firm.
Today, OSI Group is one of the largest corporations involved in meat industry, employing nearly 20,000 people around the world. OSI Group has seen a considerable amount of longevity in the business world, having a very low turnover rate with the majority of its employees, and many would attribute this level of consistency to the family-oriented mantra that Mr. Lavin has implemented. While Mr. Lavin has seen an unparalleled level of success within the meat industry, he has always taken a people first approach, which has solidly contributed to the solid infrastructure within the corporation.
Sheldon Lavin had first introduction to the meat industry in 1970 when he was asked to help secure funding for Otto and Son’s, which would eventually transform into the global powerhouse, OSI Group. In the initial deal with Otto and Son’s, Mr. Lavin would secure funding that would allow Otto and Son’s to build a major meat processing factory, and in turn, become the supplier for McDonald’s Corporation in the Midwest. During the deal, the bank asked Mr. Lavin to join Otto and Son’s in order to keep operations running smoothly, and while he initially turned down the offer, he stayed on as a consultant for the next few years. By 1975, Mr. Lavin had become significantly more involved many of OSI Group’s overseas operations and later that year, he was asked by McDonald’s Corporation to become a full partner with OSI Group. After becoming a full partner with OSI Group, Mr. Lavin would oversee the forward expansion of OSI Group in the 1980’s, laying the foundation for the global powerhouse that it is today.
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