Sheldon Lavin is the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the OSI Group. For over four decades, Sheldon Lavin has tirelessly worked to ensure the growth and expansion of the company. He has contributed to the success of OSI group from the distraught and financially distressed Otto & Sons. Under his strategic leadership and practical experience in the industry, Mr. Lavin has also enabled the expansion of OSI Group from a little Chicago-based company to an international company with over 65 branches in 17 countries. Today, OSI group is a trendsetter and a major player in the global food industry. Check out this article of Sheldon Lavin at provisioneronline.com
Lavin’s journey in the company started in 1975 when he financed Otto & Sons. He later entered a deal with the company’s management. Otto & Sons transitioned to OSI Industries after the deal. The company grew from a local supplier to a technologically advanced company that majorly engaged in freezing hamburger patties for McDonald’s. With the expansion and potential growth, the company invited Sheldon Lavin to join as a partner. Initially, he was working as an investment consultant. Mr. Lavin established his role in the OSI Group after he secured financing for Otto & Sons to create a meat processing plant, and become the Midwest Supplier of patties to the McDonald’s Corporation.
The sophisticated growth, capitalization, and negotiations necessary to grow OSI, and rival McDonald’s continued international expansion called for Sheldon Lavin’s skills. His experience in the banking and investment sector proved to be crucial in OSI Group’s growth, and the future international expansion to supply beef, chicken and pork products to clients other than McDonald’s.
In 2016, Forbes listed OSI Group as the 58th largest private company in the United States with sales amounting to $6.1 billion. OSI has established itself in different regions through expansion and joint ventures. Notable collaborations include the joint venture with K&K Foods in Taiwan, GenOSI in the Philippines and, Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise in Beijing.
Lavin is an active contributor in several charities such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Jewish United Fund, Evans Scholarship Fund, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and, several others.