Sheldon Lavin, the current Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, is known throughout the world of food services as a global titan, but despite his continued success over the past four decades, when Mr. Lavin decided to try his this industry, he was relatively green, with very little experience. Prior to joining the food services industry, Mr. Lavin had enjoyed a very successful career as an investor and executive in the banking industry, while also heading his own financial consulting firm. Mr. Lavin’s initial foray into food services began in 1970 when he was asked to help secure funding for Otto and Son’s, who were intending to build a new meat processing facility that would allow them to become the Midwest meat supplier for McDonald’s Corporation. Mr. Lavin was asked to come aboard as a partner with the growing Otto and Son’s but initially declined, although he included a caveat that would allow him to join at a later date if he chose to do so.
Throughout the decade, Sheldon Lavin would considerably more involved with the goings on at Otto and Son’s, and by the 1980’s, he’s secured an ownership stake and had begun expanding the company into untapped areas, including South America, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
It was during this period of rapid expansion that Otto and Son’s became its current entity, OSI Group. As a result of Mr. Lavin’s passion for growing the company, OSI Group quickly became one of the world leaders of the food services industry, and currently has locations in over 60 countries around the world.
Sheldon Lavin has received a myriad of awards throughout his career, and in February of 2016, he was presented with the Global Visionary Award by Vision World Academy, located in India. Mr. Lavin received the Global Visionary Award due to his continued expansion and growth of OSI Group, increasing its international presence. At the age of 81, Mr. Lavin continues to play an integral role in the daily operations of OSI Group, as well as the continued growth of the company. Over the years he has made a habit of staying committed to philanthropic endeavors, regularly donating to charities such as Ronald McDonald House.
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