Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of OSI Group, a meat and food processing firm. The OSI Group comprises of OSI industries and OSI International Foods. Mr. Sheldon moved into the food industry as a stranger but in due course emerged as a specialist. Before OSI Group, he was a profound executive in the area of finance and banking, where he also owned a financial consulting company.
Sheldon’s pathway into the meat industry began in 1970 when he was doing a financial consultation with Otto & Sons Company. The company was given a chance to supply hamburgers to McDonald’s Corporation; nonetheless, they did not have enough money to secure the deal. Consequently, the only alternative was to look for a financial resolution. In the process of assisting Otto & Sons Company with their economic issue, the bank entreated Sheldon to take the Otto & Sons Company’s ownership, but he refused. Mr. Lavin decided to be the financial adviser for Otto & Sons Company and not a business associate.
In 1975, Lavin became considerably involved with Mr. Otto and his two sons when they began looking for ventures overseas. After Mr. Otto decision to retire from the business, Lavin decided to partner with Otto’s sons. As a result, Otto & Sons Company became the OSI Group. The firm has continued to expand all over Europe, Australia, North America, Japan, India, Philippines and South Africa.
At the age of 81, Sheldon is still working towards expanding the OSI Group further with his focus on Asia and Europe in particular. Due to that reason, the OSI Group is the most prominent supplier of proteins in the entire world. Mr. Sheldon says he is proud that they have been able to circle the globe and have managed to carry the OSI Group culture overseas. Presently, the company has more than 55 facilities in over 16 different countries.
Concerning educational background, Sheldon Lavin holds a Degree in Finance and Accounting. Lavin has also received many awards from business and non-profit events. He is also an active humanitarian and has donated a lot to various charities such as National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Evans Scholarship Fund, Inner City Foundation, Jewish United Fund, United Negro College Fund and many other local and national charities. Sheldon lives with his wife, and they have three children who are all married and have children of their own. He also considers his employees as a part of his global extended family.