Sheldon Lavin is a former financial consultant who’s now spent more than 40 years as head of one of the world’s top ten meat processing and distribution companies, OSI Group. He’s helped turn that company into an international company with over 17 large plants and service to over 70 countries. Lavin recently was interviewed by CEOCFO magazine to talk a little about the company and what’s made it thrive for such as long time, and learn more about Sheldon Lavin.
Sheldon Lavin told the magazine that what’s important at OSI Group is to keep it run like a family company even though it has a large reach. He and company President David McDonald say they want all the people in the building to be able to voice their opinions to them, and he’s stated he even likes being addressed as just “Shelly” over Mr. Lavin. Lavin also said that he learned a great deal about adaptability and making changes as needed as a financial consultant that helped him later at OSI Group.
OSI Group was actually titled Otto & Sons when Lavin first arrived there, and he only planned on being involved as a part-time consultant for the company with the goal of helping finance the opening of their first high-output plant. But as his relationship with the Otto & Sons grew, he saw the potential for the company that primarily reached the midwest based in Chicago to become a really large meat processor. It was in part the request of the McDonald’s restaurant franchise that Lavin become an executive at the company, and as the Otto & Sons owners grew older and turned over more responsibilities to him, Otto & Sons was renamed to OSI Industries and now turned its focus outside the US borders, and https://www.inc.com/profile/osi-group.
As Chairman and CEO, Sheldon Lavin first opened new OSI locations in Germany and the UK, but he would later follow McDonald’s as it grew into China and other Asian countries. Besides McDonald’s Lavin also partnered with Subway, Pizza Hut and Wendy’s at one time and also made acquisitions of Baho Food and Flagship Europe. Lavin is also a supporter of the Jewish United Fund and Chicago’s inner city humanitarian foundation in addition to serving on the Board of Directors at Ronald McDonald House Charities. He attended Global Vision Academy’s ceremonies in India in 2016 to receive the Global Visionary award looking back on 40 plus years of service, and read full article.