Up until his early 40s, Sheldon Lavin was a financial advisor. It was in the early 1970s that he was brought on board Otto & Sons who needed help from him. They were a supplier of beef patties to McDonald’s Corporation, one of more than a hundred across the nation. The advent of frozen beef technology meant that McDonald’s could pare this number down to four companies. They wanted Otto & Sons to be one of them.
However, Otto & Sons would need to build a new food processing facility in order to close this deal. They couldn’t afford to build this facility and so Sheldon Lavin was hired to find them a lending partner and provide other financial assistance. He was able to get them a loan and clear up some other financial matters in relatively short order.
After this matter was resolved the management team at Otto & Sons knew they needed Sheldon Lavin to make this company successful. They convinced him to join the company, now named OSI Group, as an owner of the company and as its Chief Executive Officer and chairman. Since that time he has ably led this company into becoming a global powerhouse.
When Sheldon Lavin was brought on board OSI Group just supplied frozen beef in the Midwest. He expanded the company nationally and then into the rest of North America. Today it supplies food around the world including Europe, the UK, Australia, South Africa, and Asia. His leadership has resulted in a company that can provide its customers with highly customized processed food that is delivered to them through a global supply chain.
Sheldon Lavin is credited with being a very smart businessman. He says that he put together a great team who he feels very comfortable delegating duties to. He says that collaboration and teamwork are what makes his company very successful and he encourages a family-like atmosphere. He also says that making sure his company stays on top of changing consumer tastes and incorporating the latest technology in the food processing plants are also key to the success of OSI Group around the world.
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