When the fledgling butcher shop Otto and Sons, needed capital to create a new plant that would solely supply McDonald’s, investor and banking executive, Sheldon Lavin, helped to secure funding. With a strong faith in their ability to succeed, Sheldon Lavin took an increasingly significant role in the company as the 1970’s progressed, and in 1975, as Otto and Sons took on the name, OSI Group, he had become an equal partner. Over the next decade, OSI Group, headed by the forward-thinking strategy of Sheldon Lavin, the meat processing company expanded on an exponential scale, and by the early 1990’s, it had locations in Australia, the Philippines, and South Africa. Today, he is the Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group and has continued to play a dominant role in their forward expansion. At the age of 85, Mr. Lavin is still very active in the daily occurrences at OSI Group, and with a new initiative that promotes and overall greener society, he has received numerous awards, including the Global Visionary Award.
When Sheldon Lavin decided to become involved with the meat processing industry, he knew that he would have to become familiar with the inner workings of the trade before he could fully participate. While he had achieved a number of successes in investing and was the head of a financial advisory agency, Mr. Lavin yearned to change the world and knew that this would be a major factor in his ability to do so. One year after joining Otto and Sons, Mr. Lavin’s impact on the company had allowed their presence to stretch across the United States, and this initial success at such an early stage in his career, immediately showed him that he had a talent for building. Sheldon Lavin’s ability to grow his companies at such a rapid pace, allowed him to cut back on manufacturing costs, which, in turn, brought in new shareholders, and more profits. Today, Mr. Lavin is an active philanthropist, and he regularly makes donations to foundations around the world, most notably, Ronald McDonald House and more