Today, Sheldon Lavin is considered by his peers, and many outside the industry, as a juggernaut in the world of food services. Nearly, half a century ago, Mr. Lavin already successful in the field of financial advising, took an unexpected journey into the meat industry, initially possessing very little knowledge on the intricacies of its daily operations. Prior to coming aboard with Otto and Sons, Mr. Lavin had been a successful investor and executive in the banking industry, while simultaneously heading his own financial advising firm. Today, Mr. Lavin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, LLC, having risen from green banking executive to an innovative leader in the food services industry. OSI Group currently includes several subsidiaries, including, OSI Industries, LLC, OSI International Foods, LLC, and OSI International, and is home to almost 20,000 employees, many of which have been with the company for many years. Many agree on the notion that the secret to OSI Group’s success in terms of employee retention, as being due to the family-oriented vibe that Mr. Lavin has championed throughout his storied career.
It wasn’t until 1970. that while attempting to help Otto and Sons achieve financial backing, that Mr. Lavin was asked by McDonald’s Corporation to come aboard Otto and Sons upon the completion of their potentially lucrative partnership. This deal would allow Otto and Sons to become the Midwest distributor of meats for McDonald’s Corporation. During the mid and late seventies, Mr. Lavin became increasingly involved with the daily operations at Otto and Sons, soon helping to bring this small upstart to the level of international food services contender. In the 1980’s, Otto and Sons, now OSI Group, continued its rapid expansion, soon creating offices in the Philippines, Taiwan, China, Japan, and parts of South America. Today, Mr. Lavin is 81 years old and has achieved a myriad of awards for his critical works in the food services industry.
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