Sheldon Lavin has been the CEO and Chairman of OSI Industries and several subsidiaries for over 30 years, building a company that values high quality foods as well as corporate responsibility. Lavin is now 86 and has passed much of the major decisions on growth strategies and leadership appointment to his partner and friend, David McDonald who serves as president and chief operating officer. But he still is involved with new developments and technology implementation at the company’s global partner locations, including recently at a GenOSI plant built in the Philippines. Sheldon Lavin has helped OSI maintain a strong working relationship with McDonalds, and he’s also served on the board of directors for their Ronald McDonald House Charities philanthropy.
Sheldon Lavin actually was not in the food industry at the beginning of his professional career. He had been successful in banking and finance and when he first came to OSI, which was then known as Otto & Sons, he acted as a business consultant in order to help them procure bank loans to open new processing facilities. As the facilities opened and Otto & Sons started seeing more profits, Lavin was offered the chance to become a partner in the company. Eventually he was sold the majority of ownership shares in the company, and he decided to grow it on a large scale to reach overseas. Lavin first took the company to Germany in 1978, and by the early 1990s it had a presence in China and India.
Sheldon Lavin has always thought of the management and employees of OSI Industries as family, and Sheldon Lavin said he prefers to keep his office door open so he can hear ideas. OSI Group has been listed among the top companies to come work for throughout Lavin’s time there not only due to its friendly work environment, but also because they’ve made safety of utmost importance in each of their plants. He has been given several awards for building the company and being active in the community, and those include the RSM Lifetime Achievement award, the Edward Jones Award for Community Service, and the Vision World Academy’s Global Visionary Award. Click here.