Sheldon Lavin is the chairman, CEO, and owner of OSI Group, a global supplier of value added protein products to numerous retail brands and foodservices. His journey did not begin in the meat production industry.
Initially, he worked as a consultant in the banking industry where he owned a financial consulting firm. Later, he ventured in the meat industry where he has been working for the past 43 years. Before owning the company, it was supplying food products to the McDonald’s. Through his visionary leadership, he transformed the agency into a global supplier with various subsidiaries, including OSI International Foods, LLC in the US, OSI International, Inc., and OSI Industries.
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Presently, OSI Group has close to 20,000 employees across the world. The company is credited for its low employee turnover. This is because of the corporation’s family-oriented culture. The 81-year-old leader started his journey in the industry in 1970 by arranging successful financing for Otto $ Sons, presently known as OSI Group. Otto & Sons established a meat processing factory, which became the supplier of hamburgers to McDonald’s Corporation in the Midwest. Later, Lavin became a partial owner of Otto & Sons after he agreed with the Otto’s family that if he joined the venture as a partner, his financial shares would be equal to their leverage.
Five years later, Sheldon Lavin enhanced Otto & Sons’ success by expanding the company’s operations in different countries. When Otto, the owner and father of the two sons who managed the company, retired from the business, Lavin entered into partnership with the two sons. He bought one of the son’s share to have a controlling interest in the firm. The remaining partner sold out his shares to Sheldon, thus gaining 100 percent ownership of the company. He renamed the company to OSI Group and fueled its expansion to South America and Taiwan. Since then, Sheldon has played an instrumental role in enhancing the company’s operations in China, Philippines, Japan, Australia, India and South Africa. Sheldon has also enhanced OSI’s presence in Europe and Brazil. Today, OSI has over 55 facilities in 16 countries. The company continues to supply McDonald’s and other brands with innovative food products.