Sheldon Lavin’s career in the meat industry is the perfect illustration that Rome was not built in a day. His career in this industry started over 43 years ago. He was at first seen as an outsider since he used to be a banking industry executive and investor. He owned a firm that offered financial consulting services.
Sheldon Lavin is the current Chairman and CEO of OSI Group. He has managed to transform the tiny “McDonald’scentric” burger seller to become an international food products supplier. The OSI Group comprises of OSI International Foods, OSI Industries as well as the OSI International Inc. The latter forms the group’s holding company for all its global investments.
OSI Group has a large workforce of about 20,000 internationally. Mr. Sheldon Lavin is proud of his employees and the culture he has managed to inculcate in them. The culture is rare as it is family-oriented thereby bringing about longevity in its workforce. Despite the fact that the company has a low turnover, it recognizes that its staffs are the most important aspect of the business.
Sheldon Lavin’s meat industry career started off in 1970 as he was arranging financing for the group’s predecessor company Otto & Sons. The OSI Group’s predecessor company had the opportunity of starting a meat processing facility as well as becoming the Midwest hamburger supplier to McDonald’s Corporation. Otto & Sons needed funding and hence approached the bank. The bank asked Lavin to take up an ownership position in the company, but he was reluctant at first. Later on he took up the position and agreed that should he ever become a partner, he would enjoy a level of leverage like the other investors. Currently, he is 81 years old and still focused on Europe and Asia markets.
Sheldon Lavin from OSI Group received the Global Visionary Award in 2016. The award is presented by the Vision World Academy in India to visionaries in various industries who have persisted and persevered in order to realize their goals.
Mr. Sheldon Lavin was presented with the award for his role in transforming OSI Group from a local food company to an International Multibillion dollar food processing company present in over 60 locations and 16 countries.