Forty-seven years ago, Sheldon Lavin left his job in the banking industry to venture into the meat processing industry. Even though he had had an exemplary career in banking, Sheldon was ready to move from his comfort zone and try out a new challenge; a task in which many critics wrote him off. He started a small food business, Otto & Sons, in conjunction with the Otto family. The business later metamorphosed into a multinational food products supplier, OSI Group, LLC.
History of OSI Group
Otto & Sons started in 1970 as a hamburger supplier to McDonald’s Corporation. At that time, Sheldon was more of a consultant than a partner. Five years into the business, Otto retired from active business and left his sons to partner with Sheldon. As the 80s approached, Sheldon got closer and closer to the management of the business and eventually acquired half of the business in the early 80s. By this time, the company had rebranded to OSI Group and had started making inroads into Taiwan, North America, South America, and Europe. In the mid-90s, Sheldon acquired the entire business and has since led it to increase its operations in Europe and America. On top of that, OSI Group spread into Asian countries, such as China and Japan, as well as to the African continent. OSI Group information .
As the president and CEO of OSI Group, Sheldon has managed to steer it to great milestones such as starting several subsidiary companies, including OSI Industries, LLC, OSI International, LLC, and OSI International Foods. Through these subsidiary companies, OSI Group currently employs more than 2000 employees. But the achievement that Sheldon is most proud of is managing to create a team that is more of a family than employees. According to him, the rate of staff retention at OSI is very high due to the sense of togetherness that he has instilled in them. Learn More .
Sheldon Honored With the Global Visionary Award
In May last year, the veteran was honored with the Global Visionary Award by the Vision World Academy for his unrelenting efforts in making his dream a reality. The Indian institution has been honoring high achievers for the last five years with the aim of inspiring the young people to work hard in order to achieve equally.Sheldon Lavin Receives 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from RSM US LLP