UPDATED September 28, 2017 – Sheldon Lavin was recently interviewed by Inspirery.com. Click here to read more about how he got his start with OSI Group and what he has planned for the future of the company.
Mr. Sheldon Lavin is the current Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, which is meat and food processing company. OSI Group includes OSI International Foods and OSI Industries. Mr. Lavin entered into the food industry as an outsider but eventually became an expert. He was a serious executive in the finance and banking sector. Mr. Sheldon Lavin even had a financial consulting firm.
The path of Mr. Sheldon Lavin into the meat industry started in 1970 when he was helping Otto & Sons Company with the financial consultation. Mr. Otto and his two sons had the opportunity of becoming the Midwest supplier of hamburgers to the McDonald’s Corporation, but they did not have enough fund to secure it.
Therefore, the only option was to seek for a financial solution. In the processing of helping Mr. Otto and his sons with the financial problem, the bank requested Lavin to take the ownership of Otto & Sons Company, but he declined. Mr. Sheldon Lavin opted to be a Financial Consultant for Otto & Sons and not a business partner.
In 1975, Sheldon Lavin became substantially involved with Otto & Sons Company when the owners started to look for investments overseas. Mr. Sheldon decided to become a partner with the two sons of Otto after their father decided to retire from the business. As a result, Otto & Sons later became OSI Group. The company has continued to grow throughout Europe, North America, Australia, India, Japan, South Africa, and the Philippines.
At age 81, Mr. Sheldon Lavin is still pursuing further expansion of OSI Group. For that reason, OSI Group is the largest supplier of protein in the world. Currently, OSI group has over 55 facilities in more than 16 countries.
Regarding educational background, Mr. Sheldon Lavin is a Degree holder in Finance and Accounting. He has also received several awards from non-profit and business activities. Mr. Sheldon Lavin is also an Active Philanthropist and has contributed a lot to numerous charities including the Jewish United Fund, Evans Scholarship Fund, United Negro College Fund, Inner City Foundation, and NMSS (National Multiple Sclerosis Society).