Sheldon Lavin spent the first half of his professional career as a financial consultant. He became interested in the food industry when he was hired by a food processing firm, Otto & Sons Company, which needed help securing a loan. They had a huge opportunity to become one of McDonald’s Corporations main beef suppliers but didn’t have the resources to grab it. McDonald’s put them in touch with Sheldon Lavin because they really wanted Otto & Sons as one of their partners.
Sheldon Lavin was able to secure a business loan for Otto & Sons which resulted in their being able to acquire a food processing facility dedicated wholly to supplying McDonald’s. He also cleaned up some of the company’s other financial matters and got them onto the road of success. The owners of Otto & Sons were so impressed by him that they asked him to join them as a co-owner of the company as the chairman and CEO.
Since 1975 Sheldon Lavin has been leading this company, now called OSI Group. When he started this company mainly earned money by supplying McDonald’s restaurants across the Midwest. His dedication and appetite for expansion led to OSI Group becoming a national, and then international, firm. They now have facilities in several countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan, the Philippines, and Australia.
OSI Group has also picked up many more customers beyond McDonald’s for the food they process under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership. Other quick serve restaurants they provide food for includes among others Burger King, Subway, QFC, Taco Bell, and Starbucks. They also create processed food that is sold as store brand in many grocery chains around the world. One of the things that these companies most love about his company is that everything can be customized to fit exactly what they need.
He has earned a number of awards over the course of his career. He traveled to India a few years ago as they gave him the Global Visionary Award. His company has also received numerous awards such as the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour.