Sheldon Lavin is the incumbent Chairman and CEO of OSI Group, LLC. He joined the industry 43 years ago after a successful career as an investor and executive in the banking space.His leadership at OSI Group has seen him transform the once upon a time small chain supplier into a worldwide supplier of food products. Sheldon was also able to instill a corporate and family oriented culture in the company, a move that minimized the employee turnover rate.The company has over 60 locations in 16 countries. The OSI Group brand comprises of OSI Industries, LLC in the U.S, LLC, and OSI International Foods and OSI International, Inc.Mr. Lavin was awarded the Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy. The ceremony took place in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India on February 20, 2016, at the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The award honors leaders in various fields who excel in their missions. Lavin was the 5th person to receive the recognition.
History of OSI Group
Lavin began his success journey in 1970 after arranging to finance for Otto & Sons – the predecessor enterprise of OSI Industries. After building a meat processing facility, Otto & Sons became the supplier of Hamburgers to McDonald’s Corporation.However, the company lacked funds. After much consultation with the owners, Sheldon agreed to help the situation on the condition he is given the same privileges as the owners of the company.
Fast forward to 1975, Lavin was more involved in the business as Otto and Sons started to explore overseas investments. When their father went to retirement, he became partners with the brothers.In the late 1970’s Lavin worked for the business full time as requested by McDonald’s. At this point, the name of the business changed to OSI Group. The company has been growing ever since.