When it comes to influence and status in the meat industry, there are very few names that stand out as much as Sheldon Lavin. Today Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, a leading supplier of food products to many major food service companies across the world. Although his status atop the food service supply industry, his storied career didn’t begin in the meat industry, taking shape over the course of four decades. Over 43 years ago, as an outsider to the food service industry, Mr. Lavin entered the food industry as a partner with Otto and Sons, the precursor to OSI Group. Mr. Lavin’s career was initially that of a banking executive, building his resume as an investor, while also heading his own financial consulting firm. In the early 70’s Mr. Lavin was called upon to secure financing for Otto and Son’s and it was recommended by his partners that McDonald’s that he become more directly involved with Otto and Son’s day to day operations. Due to his acute business acumen, Mr. Lavin immediately put his imprint on the fledgling company and began taking Otto and Son’s to the next level. By the 1980’s Mr. Lavin had accrued a controlling interest in the company, and quickly began overseeing its forward expansion. Learn More.
Today OSI Group is the home of more than 20,000 employees worldwide. Sheldon Lavin cites the inward success of his company as a result of the family-oriented dynamic that he has helped to establish over the course of his tenure. OSI has an extremely low turnover rate amongst employees and has 55 locations spanning 16 countries which are a testament to Mr. Lavin’s people first approach. He has continued to spread this people first mentality throughout his many endeavors by contributing financially to many charitable organizations, including Ronald McDonald House.