How Sheldon Lavin Became an Industry Titan

Mr. Sheldon Lavin is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group LLC and holds a myriad of other titles among OSI Group’s subsidiaries. Today he is a driving force within the industry, as well as an inspiration to an entire generation of young entrepreneurs, but this was not always the case.

Mr. Lavin entered the meat and food services industry as an outsider, having made a name for himself in the banking industry as an executive and investor. During this period, Mr. Lavin was also the head of his own financial consulting firm. Ironically, it was Mr. Lavin’s expertise in the field of banking that lead to his introduction to the meat and food services industry. It was in early 1970 that Mr. Lavin began his foray into the industry that he is most known for today. Mr. Lavin was asked to help secure financing and close a deal for Otto and Son’s, which would allow them to build a new meat processing facility in the midwest. For more info about us: http://www.osigroup.com/news/ click here.

Upon the completion of the meat processing factory, Otto and Son’s would become the midwest meat supplier for McDonald’s Corporation. This would be a major step in the history of Otto and Son’s, so Mr. Lavin’s knowledge and expertise would be very helpful. During the initiation of the deal with Otto and Son’s, Mr. Lavin was asked to come aboard with Otto and Son’s in order to create solid foundation between all parties, but he declined. Although Mr. Lavin declined to become a partner at Otto and Son’s, his forward thinking allowed him to see the massive potential in the company, so he agreed to stay on as a consultant, while keeping the option to become a more critical part of the company in the future if he decided to do so. By the middle of the decade, Mr. Lavin had become very involved with many of the operations at Otto and Son’s, which at this time had become OSI Group.At the start of the 1980’s, Mr. Lavin had become an integral part of the success OSI Group had begun seeing, and began expanding the company to Europe, Asia, Australia, and South Africa.

The 1980’s was very fruitful for the company, setting the foundation for the industry giant that we see today. At the age of 81, Mr. Lavin is still intensely involved with the operations at OSI Group and continues to make charitable contributions to foundations such as Ronald McDonald House.