In the 1970s, when former Chicago area meat market Otto & Sons came to Sheldon Lavin’s financial services company looking for money to buy new equipment and get larger facilities, little did he know that would be the start of a relationship that would last more than 50 years. Today, Sheldon Lavin is the owner and CEO of the company. It is now called the OSI Group and has become one of the world’s largest producers and distributers of meat, dough and vegetable products.
Through the vision, planning and hard work of Sheldon Lavin, the OSI Group has been transformed. The company that was once primarily known for providing McDonald’s with ground beef patties and supermarkets and restaurants in Illinois with quality meat, is now a major player on the international stage. Sheldon Lavin has led the company through a period of unprecedented growth and expansion. As a result, the OSI Group now has over 70 food processing facilities located in more than 17 countries. And the company continues to grow every year. Sheldon Lavin, with his background in banking and finance and expansive vision of what’s possible, is the reason why.
Under Lavin’s leadership, the OSI Group now has a presence in North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Lavin has taken what was once a family-run community meat market with a staff of three and transformed it into an internationally known corporation with over 20,000 employees. But one of the things that makes Sheldon Lavin unique is that he has managed to maintain the family-like feeling within the company. He and the staff are on a first name basis, all staff members are invited to come to him with their ideas and he has created many programs to help employees and their families.
Sheldon Lavin is respected internationally for the environment friendly policies and procedures he has put in place to guide the company. He’s been given countless accolades and awards for his enlightened leadership. He also gives generously to a wide array of philanthropic causes and organizations all over the world. Many people see Sheldon Lavin as the ideal person for the next generation of chief executives to emulate.
The husband and father, now in his 80s, isn’t slowing down. Sheldon Lavin is still involved in the company’s day-to-day operations and always looking for ways to improve the products and services the OSI Group offers.
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