Sheldon Lavin began his life time achievements as the owner of a successful financial consulting firm, Sheldon Lavin and Associates, Inc. in downtown Chicago. In 1970 he got a call from Otto & Sons, a small local meat company that needed to secure funds to expand their business. They had an opportunity to become the Midwest supplier for the McDonald Corporation but needed to build a new meat processing facility to get the contract. Mr. Lavin agreed to become their financial consultant. Within a year, Sheldon Lavin secured enough financial capital to accomplish the companies goals of expansion across the United States.
In 1975 Mr. Otto Kolschowsky, founder and owner of Otto & Sons, decided it was time to retire and leave his sons in charged of the business. The two sons knew that in order to expand internationally they would need the help of Mr. Lavin financial consulting and asked him to come in as a partner. Otto & Sons changed their name to OSI Industries and as it expanded throughout North America and Europe in the 70’s, and South America and Taiwan in the 80’s it became to be known as OSI Group. Sheldon Lavin soon found himself with 100% voting control after the two sons retired from the business.
As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Lavin keep the business family oriented and continued to expand the business across the world with primarily protein products and some sauces, vegetable items and baked goods. He has achieved his personnel goal of growing the OSI Group to a world class global multibillion dollar food processing enterprise, with over 20,000 employees worldwide, working at more than 65 facilities in 17 countries. Under the leadership of Mr. Lavin, the OSI Group received numerous prestigious awards and accolades for its many achievements to increase its efficiency and always making sustainability one of its main values when making operational decisions.
Sheldon Lavin life time achievements were accomplished by starting out with a good business plan, always keeping an open eye on the future and staying open to listen and learn from his workers and colleagues.