For the better part of five decades, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, LLC, Sheldon Lavin, has been building his empire in the meat and food processing industry, taking his company from a local supplier to the top of the food chain. Although today, Mr. Lavin is known as a titan within the meat industry today, he began his career on a very different avenue. Prior to entering the world of food services, Mr. Lavin had a very successful career in the banking industry as an executive, as well as an investor and head of his own financial consulting firm.
It was in 1970 that, due to his significant background in the financial industry, that Mr. Lavin was asked by the bank to help the fledgling Otto and Son’s secure funding for a state of the art meat processing facility. This new facility would allow Otto and Son’s to become the midwest supplier of meats for McDonald’s Corporation. During the initiation of this deal, Mr. Lavin was asked to come aboard as a partner in the company but declined. Although Mr. Lavin chose not to accept the position initially, he included a caveat that would allow him to take the position at a later date, if he were ever to choose to do so. As the 1970’s progressed, Mr. Lavin became increasingly involved in the overseas operations of Otto and Son’s, which, at this point, was known by OSI Group, and by the 1980’s, he had become fully involved with corporation. It was during the 1980’s that Mr. Lavin began expanding OSI Group into new territories, opening offices in places such as China, the Philippines, South Africa, and Australia. Today OSI Group has offices in over 60 countries around the world, employing over 20,000 people globally and continues to grow under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership.
During Sheldon Lavin’s time as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, he has garnered a myriad of awards, both for his progress within the company, as well as for his continuous charitable contributions. In February 2016, Mr. Lavin was recognized by India’s Vision World Academy and presented with their Global Visionary Award due to his history of growing OSI Group and creating a strong presence on the international scene. At the age of 81, Mr. Lavin continues to spread his unique brand of motivation to his employees and business partners, as well as to entrepreneurs around the world.
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