Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of the venerable international food processor called OSI Group. He has been the visionary that’s helped this company grow exponentially over the years. Their rich history spans more than 100 years and the legacy of growth has propelled them to great heights. They now operate better than 60 facilities in 17 countries around the globe. Few companies can match their entrepreneurial skills and depth of resources.
Otto & Sons were founded in 1909 as a standalone butcher shop in Chicago by Otto Kolschowsky. The opportunity to be a meat supplier for the nascent McDonald’s corporation kicked off the growth of the company. This was in 1955 and as their business took off an entire plant was dedicated to the golden arches in 1973.OSI’s Sheldon Lavin receives Global Visionary Award.
Sheldon Lavin became a key partner for Otto & Sons due to his financial skills. He helped them secure financing for business expansion and was invited to be a partner. With his vision and skills, they acquired a global mindset and continued growth along with McDonald’s. They became known as OSI Group in 1975 which was a better fit for their international ambitions.
The growth patterns under Lavin’s leadership have been steady and strategic. The 80’s saw them expand into countries like Germany, Spain, Brazil, Taiwan, and Austria. Another round of expansion into new countries occurred in the 90’s and they included the Philippines, Mexico, China and Poland.
The financial acumen that has been the foundation of Sheldon Lavin’s career was accrued as an investor and banking executive. He was also the catalyst for OSI Group’s international expansion as he realized the possibilities early on with McDonald’s. He eventually acquired the company when the original family retired from the business. His driving interest in business was global expansion and this kept him on board at OSI Group as this became their mantra.
Sustainable business practices and environmental sensitivity are also deep concerns of Lavin’s and he’s positioned the company very well in these regards. They’ve won numerous awards for excellence with their methods in the face of tough regulations. The United Kingdom and the state of California have some of the most stringent rules on the planet. OSI Group has received notable accolades from these two entities along with others as well.
Sheldon Lavin still enjoys working at OSI Group and he’s now 85 years old. He’s helped build them into something special and has no plans to quit despite accomplishing everything he’s set out to do.
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