Today, Sheldon Lavin is one of the most well-known executives in the meat industry through his various ventures as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group. With a Sheldon Lavin’s successful career that has spanned the better part of five decades, Mr. Lavin continues to be a trailblazer within the industry. Mr. Lavin’s work with McDonald’s Corporation has helped to grow his empire into the worldwide power that it is today. While Mr. Lavin is known for his exploits involving meat processing, he began his career dominating a very different industry. Before 1970, Sheldon Lavin was a very successful business executive in the world of banking, making his way as a high ranking executive and investor, while also running his own financial consulting firm.
In 1970, as a successful financial advisor, Mr. Lavin was hired to help secure funding for the up and coming company, Otto and Son’s. Otto and Son’s was seeking to finance in order to build a new meat processing facility that would put them in league with McDonald’s Corporation, making them the midwest meat supplier to the hamburger giant. During the process of the deal, Mr. Lavin was asked by the bank to come aboard Otto and Son’s due to his keen business acumen and history as a financial advisor. Mr. Lavin chose not to come aboard Otto and Son’s during their initial proposition but set the terms so that if he were ever to change his mind, he would come aboard to the initial terms. Mr. Lavin did choose to stay on as a consultant, and by the middle of the decade, he had become significantly more involved with the overseas operations of OSI Group, as it had been renamed by this point. By the early 1980’s, Mr. Lavin had secured a controlling stake in OSI Group and had begun expanding the company to new areas around the world, including Japan, South Africa, the Philippines, Australia, and China. Today OSI Group is a worldwide powerhouse and Mr. Lavin sits at the head of the table due to his savvy business dealings and forward thinking.