In early 1970, Sheldon Lavin had been a highly successful banking executive, and was also operating his own financial advisory firm, but, with an increased yearning to change the world, he jumped at the opportunity to secure funding for Otto and Sons – a mid-sized meat processing company based out of Chicago. Otto and Sons, which would later be renamed, OSI Group, had been in existence since 1909, but it wasn’t until 1953, that a partnership with McDonald’s, would prove to be their most fruitful business move. In 1973, with the financial assistance of Mr. Lavin, OSI Group began utilizing their new plant, which was dedicated to servicing McDonald’s Corporation on an exclusive basis. Throughout the decade, Sheldon Lavin became increasingly involved with OSI Group and he eventually garnered an equal partnership with the sons of Otto Kolschowsky. From that point on, OSI Group would be recognized for its rapid expansion and acquisitions, and with new locations in the Philippines, South Africa, and Australia, the company had become an international entity. Today, OSI Group has over 65 locations around the world, and Sheldon Lavin, who is now 85 years old, continues to lead the way to build a greater, more efficient, company.
One of the main factors in Sheldon Lavin’s continued success throughout his endeavors was his early recognition of his ability to build empires. This was due to his near-immediate success upon transitioning to the world of food processing. At the beginning of Mr. Lavin’s career transition, there were some doubts, as he was was not intimately familiar with the business of Otto and Sons, but he was also supremely confident in their ability to prosper. One of the most important aspects of Mr. Lavin’s role as Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group is to heavily invest in marketing, in order to consistently bring in new clients. In order for him to do so, he continues to champion developing technology, as new tech always dictates the order in which the future operates. For his innovations, Sheldon Lavin has received a number of awards, and he is an avid philanthropist, often contributing to Ronald McDonald House Foundation and more