Sheldon Lavin’s name has become synonymous with the fast food industry over the years. A large part of OSI Group’s success can be attributed to Lavin’s work behind the scenes. He serves as the Chairman, CEO, and President of global food provider.
Sheldon Lavin’s relationship with OSI started real external. He was very much on the outside looking in at the beginning as one of the company’s financial overseers. He quickly built a strong relationship with the company while arranging finances and OSI wanted to bring him in as a permanent business partner. Lavin was hesitant to accept the offer at first. He had a thriving career as an investor and executive in the banking industry, to the extent of establishing his own financial consulting firm. Eventually though he would make the decision to join OSI, a decision that changed his life.
Sheldon Lavin began making an impact immediately. The timing was perfect considering OSI was having trouble securing funding for a meat processing facility it wanted to construct in the Midwest. Drawing on his experience in the banking industry Lavin helped the plan come to fruition. The processing facility would lead to OSI becoming the Midwest supplier of meat patties to McDonald’s.
In the 1980’s OSI went through a complete remodeling stage. The originals owner each sold their respective pieces of the company leaving Lavin as the sole owner. For a moment OSI was in a period of limbo. There was a time when Lavin thought that the best thing to do was to sell his portion as well. Luckily, he never acted on that idea. Instead he came up with a plan to expand the company as much as possible. Throughout the decade OSI expanded into the Philippines, China, Australia, Japan, India and South Africa.
The OSI Group was honored with the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honor Award in 2016. Sheldon Lavin has his share of individual accolades as well. He is a recipient of India’s Vision World Academy’s Global Visionary Award. Receiving the award in 2016.
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