Sheldon Lavin Finds Success in the Food Industry

If you’re unfamiliar with Sheldon Lavin, he is the Chairman and CEO of OSI Group, one of the premier food companies based in the United States. The privately held company, supplies foods to many well-known restaurant brands, most notably McDonald’s; in fact, OSI has been hailed as one of the best food companies in the country. Although based in Aurora, IL, OSI is a global company with operations in numerous countries and has a workforce of over 20,000 employees. OSI prides themselves on supplying quality products to their clients, which includes vegetables, fish, poultry, beef, and other food products.

Although Lavin has a wealth of experience in the food industry, he actually began his career in the financial sector; he was a successful investor and banking executive, who parlayed his knowledge and experience into establishing his own financial consulting firm. When asked about the transition from the finance world into the food industry, Lavin explains how he became involved with Otto and Sons, which would later be rebranded as OSI. According to CEOCFO Magazine, Lavin arranged the financing for the family owned food company, which entailed an ongoing relationship that led to an affinity for the industry and culminated with him becoming an owner.

Lavin’s relationship with OSI officially began when he became an Otto and Sons partner in 1975; in the early 1980’s, after one of the son’s decided to sell, Lavin assumed half of OSI’s interest. Soon after, he was propositioned by McDonald’s to not only be the restaurant’s main food provider but also to help broaden and deepen the business relationship between the two companies. The business relationship between OSI and Mcdonald’s would soon lead OSI into foreign markets; currently, OSI has operations in South Africa, Europe, China, Japan, Austrailia, India, Philippines, and Brazil.

OSI has received numerous awards for their work the industry under Lavin’s leadership; in fact, he was presented with the Global Visionary Award in 2016. The award was in recognition for his work in helping OSI create a global presence and spurring job growth in the United States and abroad. In addition, Lavin has been instrumental in helping the company achieve various environmental and sustainability awards.

Sheldon Lavin is also very involved with charitable organizations, most notably the Ronald McDonald House. According to CrunchBase, a leading platform for discovering innovative companies and the people behind them, Lavin states that being able to give back to the community, is one of the things that he is most proud of.

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