In the early 1970s, Sheldon Lavin became a consultant with Otto & Sons after he helped the company get the financing it needed for its aggressive expansion efforts. Sheldon was reluctant to leave his career as an investment manager and bank executive, but he also could not pass up an opportunity to be a part of a successful company that was going through a growth phase. He was made a partner in 1975 when Otto & Sons were seeking international investment funding to expand overseas. That same year, Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI Industries and would later change its name to OSI Group.
OSI has had a partnership with McDonald’s and has supplied the fast food restaurant chain with beef since the mid-1950s. As McDonald’s expanded into markets overseas, so did OSI. Executives at McDonald’s asked Sheldon to make a full-time commitment to OSI, which he agreed to do. Shortly thereafter, Sheldon was named Chairman and CEO of OSI. Through his leadership, OSI has grown to become one of the largest privately held companies in America with over 20,000 employees around the world who are working in over 65 facilities in 17 countries.
Sheldon Lavin has also helped to lead OSI in its sustainability strategies and environmentally-friendly production efforts. OSI’s facilities around the world use the latest technologies to decrease the environmental impact of its food processing operations. The company has also developed best practices that are used throughout its supply chain.
OSI and Sheldon Lavin have been recognized for their sustainability efforts and have received numerous awards. Some of these awards include the California Green Business Award, the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honor Award, and the North American Meat Institute Environmental Award. Sheldon Lavin has personally received the NAMI Edward C. Jones Community Service Award and India’s Vision World Academy Global Visionary Award. Sheldon Lavin has developed a corporation that is concerned about the financial health of OSI and the health of the environment.