Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of OSI, a multi-billion dollar meat food processing company. In 2016 he was given the Global Visionary Award for his dedication in the industry. Sheldon Lavin was previously a successful banker in Chicago before jumping in the food industry as a newbie.
He joined OSI, which was then called Otter and Sons, in the late seventies. At the time when he took over, the company’s main focus was on supplying meat for McDonald’s in the midwest. He had already been involved with consulting for OSI, but he became more excited about the prospects with McDonald’s. He had been a long time fan of the business structure, culture, strategy and ethics of the McDonald’s chain. Over decades of hard work he has turned the company into a global enterprise, which today has over 70 operating centers in 17 countries.
Sheldon Lavin has always been interested in growing a company since his financial days. He says OSI was the perfect company to nurture his strong drive and ambitions. Immediately after becoming CEO Sheldon Lavin started to expand the company. He first focused on expanding across the US and then into Europe. By the early 80s he expanded even further into Asia, Australia and Africa.
What he does Today
Although he is well into his eighties with future plans to retire someday, Sheldon Lavin is still very active in growing OSI. He is proud that he has locations encircling the world. Currently he is focusing on further growth within Europe and Asia. He also makes large donations to the Ronald McDonald House Charities which gives housing to people in need. After well over 40 years of success under his belt, he has become an icon for today’s young entrepreneurs. He credits his accomplishments to his ability to plan and prepare for the future.