Sheldon Lavin was originally an investment banker before getting involved in the food manufacturing industry. He had his own consulting firm and worked as an executive. Lavin was offered the opportunity to get involved in a new venture when the bank suggested that he come in as a consultant between Otto and Sons and the McDonald’s Corporation. The McDonald’s Corporation had discovered Otto and Sons when it was planning to move its restaurant enterprise into the Illinois area. Ray Kroc needed a meat distributor that he could trust and chose the family-owned business for the job. Otto and Sons more than lived up to the responsibility. They eventually were selected to be the sole provider of meat to the entire McDonald’s Corporation.
Otto and Sons needed to build a new meat manufacturing plant to accommodate the arrangement with McDonald’s. Sheldon Lavin came in as a consultant to bring the two organizations together. Over time Lavin’s role grew and he was asked to be in the situation on a full-time basis by executives at McDonald’s. Lavin agreed to come in as a partner. As the original founders settled it to retirement Lavin became the leader of the entire organization. By the 1960’s Sheldon Lavin was making international investments with OSI Group. The company spread is interest throughout the Americas, Asia-pacific and eventually into Europe. OSI Group’s latest merger took place in Australia where they acquired the country’s largest food manufacturing distributor.
Sheldon Lavin believes in growth and has built OSI up to a worldwide organization with more than 20,000 employees. OSI has a very definitive process when it comes to hiring personnel. Lavin believes in bringing in the type of people who belong with the company. This is why OSI Group has a very low turnover rate. It is a statistic that Lavin is extremely proud of. Sheldon Lavin has been recognized by various organizations for his international leadership. He was presented with the Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy. Lavin also takes his philanthropic work very seriously and believes that companies should be involved in their communities.