Sheldon Levin had an unlikely start in the meat industry. It has been 43 years since he ventured into new territory and discovered the possibilities of food manufacturing. Sheldon successful investor. He worked as an executive in the banking industry. Sheldon Lavin also owned his own consulting firm. He developed a relationship with the founders OSI Group. Over the years he became Chairman and CEO of the company. Lavin has since transformed OSI into a leader in many areas of food manufacturing. OSI Group global company that has about 20,000 employees. Lavin has built a culture that is infectious from top-ranking executives, all the way down to its newest members.
Lavin first became affiliated with OSI in 1997 when it was known as Otto and Sons. Otto and Sons was presented with a business proposition that would allow them to build a meat processing facility in the Midwest. The new project was designed to accommodate its primary client, McDonald’s. Otto and Sons did not have the funding for this type of venture. Lavin was brought in by the bank to oversee the transaction. He agreed to get involved on the pretenses that he would have a stake in Otto and Sons. Sheldon Lavin’s role began as a consultant. He made it clear to the founding family that if he were ever to buy in as an owner, that he would be allowed the same leverage that they had to make decisions.
OSI Group started to participate in overseas investments. Sheldon Lavin became a partner after the founder of Otto and Sons, Otto Kolschowsky, settled into retirement. McDonald’s suggested that Lavin be a full-time participant in Otto and Sons. Around this point the company became known as OSI Group. Lavin respected the business practices of the McDonald’s Corporation and took on the challenge of running the company full time.