Sheldon Lavin has become one of the foremost executives in the world of meat and food services thanks to his unquestionable drive and forethought. In a career that has spanned five decades, he has taken OSI Group from the upstart meat processing company, Otto and Son’s, to an international powerhouse that is located in 60 countries around the world and employs over 20,000 people. Many of OSI Group’s 20,000 employees have been with the company for a decade or more, and the family-oriented atmosphere that Mr. Lavin constantly champions is widely regarded as a major reason for the company’s high retention rate. While Mr. Lavin is now a towering figure in regards to meat and food processing services, as well as entrepreneurship, he began his career by dominating a very different industry.
Prior to the 1970’s, Sheldon Lavin had enjoyed a successful career as a banking executive and investor, who also ran his own financial consultancy firm. It was, ironically, Mr. Lavin’s proficiency in the banking industry that led him on the path to OSI Group. It was in 1970 that Sheldon Lavin was sought out to help secure funding for Otto and Son’s in a deal that would allow them to build an avant-garde meat processing facility. The building of this facility would put the upstart Otto and Sons on the map by allowing them to secure a deal with McDonald’s Corporation. In the deal with McDonald’s Corporation, Otto and Sons would become their midwest meat supplier, thus taking the company to an entirely new level.
Upon helping to secure the funding between Otto and Son’s and the bank, Mr. Lavin was asked to stay on with the company, as the bank felt that his presence would only help to better the lucrative relationship between all parties. Although Mr. Lavin declined to accept the initial offer, he did stay on as a financial consultant, and would eventually become a full-time executive during the 1970’s. By the 1980’s, Mr. Lavin was controlling the company and began to oversee an epic expansion that saw OSI Group expand into many new territories, including Japan, the Philippines, Australia, and South Africa.
Today, at the age of 81, Mr. Sheldon Lavin continues to be a trailblazer in the meat and food production industry and has received a myriad of awards for his continued success and philanthropy. Recently Mr. Lavin was recognized by India’s Vision World Academy and presented with its Global Visionary Award.
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