Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, LLC, Sheldon Lavin, has spent the last five decades building his storied career in the meat industry, but his first successes in the business world came in a completely different industry. Prior to becoming one of the foremost executives in the meat industry, Sheldon Lavin was a very successful investor and executive within the banking industry, and he was also the head of his own financial consulting firm. In his time as a leader in the meat industry, Mr. Lavin has transformed OSI Group from a small meat processing company, into a global powerhouse, known for their longstanding partnership with McDonald’s Corporation.
It was in the early 1970’s that Mr. Lavin became involved in the meat industry after being asked to help secure funding for the fledgling, Otto and Son’s meat processing company. Due to his expertise in the world of financial investment, Mr. Lavin was asked by the bank to become a partner in the Otto and Son’s corporation. While Mr. Lavin initially declined to become a partner within the company, he negotiated the option that if he were ever to become interested in taking them up on the offer, he would be allowed to join with the same benefits as if he’d been an original partner. After helping to secure funding for Otto and Son’s, they were able to build a state of the art meat processing facility that allowed them to become the Midwest manufacturer for McDonald’s Corporation.
By the middle of the 1970’s, Mr. Lavin had become significantly more involved with the day to day operations at OSI Group, particularly in reference to the overseas operations, and by the 1980’s, he’d become a partner with a controlling stake in the company. Mr. Sheldon Lavin decided that by the time he had control of the company, he would attempt to take it to new heights; a goal that he succeeded in bringing to fruition, as OSI Group expanded significantly into untapped territories, such as Australia, Japan, the Philippines, and South Africa. Today Mr. Lavin is 81 years old, and still active within the company.
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