Sheldon Lavin was a successful investor and banking industry executive before he decided to take part in the meat industry. He also owned his own financial consulting firm. He is now the Chairman and CEO of the OSI Group and has propelled it into a global supplier of food products for various retail and foodservice companies.
OSI International, Inc., OSI Industries, LLC and OSI International Foods, LLC all comprise the OSI Group. OSI Group has almost 20,000 employees across the globe. Lavin is very proud of his organization’s family-oriented culture, as well as its low turnover rate, which he attributes to making the people in his companies a priority.
Sheldon Lavin partnered with Otto & Sons in 1975, which preceded OSI Industries, LLC. Otto & Sons were partnered with McDonald’s as a hamburger supplier. Sheldon Lavin came into the company first only as a consultant, but later at McDonald’s request, he decided to join the OSI Group as a full-time member.
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OSI expanded into different markets such as Taiwan, Europe, and South America in the ’70s and ’80s. One of the members then sold half of the controlling interest of OSI Group to Lavin. Thirteen years later, the other member retired leaving Lavin with 100% controlling interest. Lavin continued to expand into many different countries such as the Philippines, South Africa, Japan, India, China, and Australia. Lavin is currently 81 years old and is still pushing the growth of OSI Group. The company at this time has 55 facilities in 16 countries and is the largest supplier of protein to McDonald’s in the world.
Sheldon Lavin contributes to many charities such as the Jewish United Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the United Negro College Fund, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.
Sheldon Lavin has three children. His wife has been departed for 55 years.