Sheldon Lavin took an interesting route to become the CEO of OSI Group. His story is amazing. Lavin has been the leader of the worldwide organization for over 40 years. He is credited for leading the company to its international prominence. OSI Group continues to make an impact in its industry all over the world. The formerly family owned organization has Midwestern routes that go back to the turn of the century.
Sheldon Lavin was originally a financial consultant and began his career in the banking industry. He was presented with an opportunity to work with a Chicago-based family-owned business known as Otto and Sons. Otto and Sons was a meat market founded by the German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky. They were selected to work with the McDonald’s Corporation as one of its primary suppliers of meat.
A new meat processing plant was required in order to meet the obligations of the McDonald’s Corporation. Sheldon Lavin was suggested by the bank to oversee see the inner workings of the deal between McDonald’s and the meat supplier. Over the years Lavin’s role grew and he developed a strong relationship with the top management at the McDonald’s Corporation. Sheldon Lavin eventually became a full-time partner with Otto and Sons.
The success of Otto and Sons exploded alongside the tremendous growth of the McDonald’s Corporation. As the original owners settled into retirement, Sheldon Lavin’s role increased and he became Chairman of the meat manufacturer. As chairman and CEO Lavin applied his vision and ambition to the organization. It soon became known as OSI Group and began conducting business around the world.
Sheldon Lavin has been recognized by many organizations for his management style and ability to adjust to the future. OSI Group has made a profound impact on the food manufacturing industry. He is most proud of his organization’s ability to recruit and maintain a talented workforce. He states this as the reason why the company has continued to grow over the decades.