Sheldon Lavin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, LLC, was considered an outsider when he entered the food service industry nearly half a century ago. Now a titan in the meat industry, Mr. Lavin found first success in a very different career that, through a combination of hard work and business acumen, led him to the world that he currently sits atop. During his time as an executive at OSI Group, Mr. Lavin has spearheaded a successful growth plan that has taken his company from a small upstart to an industry leader over the course of several decades. Under his watch, OSI Group has built steadily upon the initial partnership that he helped to broker between, what was then referred to as Otto and Sons, and fast food leader McDonald’s Corporation.
OSI Group currently employs nearly 20,000 people across the globe. Many of OSI Group’s vast number of employees have been with the company for a substantial amount of years, and that continued rate of low turnover is usually credited to Mr. Lavin’s continued push for a family-first environment on every level. Prior to taking his foray in the food services industry, Sheldon Lavin had already been a successful investor, holding a high ranking executive position in the banking industry, while also heading a lucrative financial investment firm. It wasn’t until 1970 that Mr. Lavin became increasingly more involved with the day to day business dealings at Otto and Sons, eventually becoming a full-time executive at Otto and Sons by the middle part of the decade, and later spearheading the company’s rapid expansion in the 1980’s.
Sheldon Lavin is now 81 years old and spends the majority of his time leading the way OSI Group and continuing his winning tradition. Mr. Lavin has received a myriad of awards for his company’s triumphs, and philanthropic efforts.
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