Sheldon Lavin began his career as a member of the banking industry. He was a successful investor and owned his own firm. Sheldon had not been a part of the food manufacturing industry. His opportunity came when a family-owned organization had a chance to work with a major corporation. Otto and Sons was a local meat manufacturer that began as a family-owned business in the early 1900’s. By the 1950’s they were doing business with Ray Kroc and the McDonald’s Corporation. Otto and Sons won the favor of the McDonald’s Corporation. They were tasked with building a state-of-the-art meat processing plant to accommodate McDonald’s. However, they did not have the money to complete the project.
Sheldon Lavin was brought in to oversee the financial aspect of the meat processing plant. He operated as a consultant between Otto and Sons and the McDonald’s Corporation. Over time Lavin’s role grew and he gained the confidence of Ray Kroc. Eventually the McDonald’s Corporation suggested that he become involved in the situation full-time. Sheldon Lavin agreed to come on board as a partner as long as he had equal decision-making abilities as the other owners. Eventually the original founders of Otto and Sons settled into retirement. Lavin became CEO and Chairman of the organization. By the 1960’s Otto and Sons became OSI Group. It began making international investments and grew into a worldwide organization.
Sheldon Lavin has gone on to receive a great deal of recognition for his work at OSI Group. He received the Visionary Award in 2016 for his work with the company. Sheldon is credited for providing OSI with its worldwide growth plan. The company has more than 20,000 employees and operates in up to 17 different countries. Lavin is a versatile CEO who believes that philanthropy is just as important as profits. He encourages other business executives to get involved in the communities that their businesses operate in. Sheldon Lavin and OSI have participated in many environmental movements. OSI has been awarded for its work in the environment.