Sheldon Lavin could be living at a big beautiful home in a retirement community in south Florida if he wanted to, but he just is not ready to quit doing what he loves yet. Lavin is the chairman and majority owner of OSI Industries and several subsidiaries it runs. OSI Industries is one of top international meat production and wholesale food companies in the world and the main supplier of beef and chicken to McDonald’s. Lavin has been at his post since the early 1970s and has made investments that took the company from a small meat supply store to becoming a company that now has meat plants in 17 countries. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin receives Global Visionary Award.
What Sheldon Lavin loves so much about staying on as chairman of the company is having a lot of employees who work hard and he wants to make sure they’re taken good care of. Sheldon Lavin speaks of OSI’s atmosphere as being one that takes everyone’s opinion to heart and works like a large family. And when new companies are merged into OSI Industries’ holdings, all of that company’s employees are usually welcomed with open arms and made a part of the team.
Sheldon Lavin didn’t know much about the facets of running a food service company when he first came to OSI Industries who were then known as Otto & Sons. He had gotten his bachelor’s degree in finance and was a portfolio manager at a Chicago investment bank for many years. He moved into an independent financial consultant role starting his own company, and Otto & Sons needed his services to secure a big loan for an upscale processing plant they wanted to build. This process led to his being a bigger part of the company, and before long he started understanding more about the industry and was even asked by Otto & Sons partner McDonald’s to have an executive role in the company. Sheldon Lavin was promoted to CEO and later chairman as the previous owners stepped down.
Sheldon Lavin used his investment strategies and fund management skills to identify key markets the growing company, which was renamed to OSI Industries could succeed in. From the UK all the way to China and the Philippines, Lavin and his partner David McDonald helped establish branches throughput the world regions. In 2016, the Global Vision Academy foundation at a university in India honored his work by giving him the Global Visionary award.
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