Mr. Sheldon Lavin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, has had an incredible run within the meat industry, steadily rising to the top over the past five decades. While Mr. Lavin has seen an unprecedented amount of success in the meat industry, he got his start in the business world dealing with a very different set of clientele. Prior to 1970, Mr. Lavin was a very successful businessman, generating the majority of his income as an executive and investor in the banking industry, while also heading his own financial advisement firm. Today he is known for his working relationship with McDonald’s Corporation.
It was in 1970 that Mr. Lavin began his initial foray in the meat industry when he was hired to secure funding for the Otto and Son’s corporation. In securing proper funding, Otto and Son’s would be able to build a new meat processing facility in order to become the midwestern distributor for McDonald’s corporation. While the deal was being constructed, the bank asked Mr. Lavin to come aboard with Otto and Son’s due to his unique financial background.
Initially, Mr. Lavin declined to join Otto and Son’s but negotiated a caveat which stated that if he were ever to change his mind, he would be able to take the position originally offered. By the middle of the 1970’s, Mr. Lavin had become significantly more involved with Otto and Son’s, which at this point in his career, had already been rebranded OSI Group. Soon a position opened up and Mr. Lavin took advantage of the original offer after it was suggested by McDonald’s Corporation that his joining the company would be beneficial to their working relationship with OSI Group. It was during the 1980’s that Mr. Lavin really began to place his mark on the company, expanding OSI Group to a myriad of new territories, including South Africa, Australia, the Philippines, and Japan. Today, at the age of 81, Mr. Lavin is still very involved in the daily operations of OSI Group and continues to contribute generously to various charities around the world.