Sheldon Lavin: Longest serving executive at OSI Group
Sheldon Lavin is a longtime serving chairman and CEO of OSI Group. He has held this position since the 1980s. He joined OSI Group in 1975 after quitting his job as a bank executive. He joined OSI as an equal partner a role that helped the company during its initial days. Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, growth has been phenomenal. The company has grown from a small company to one of the largest food companies in the world.
OSI Group started as a small butcher shop in Chicago, then grew into a regional supplier of meaty to the McDonald’s before becoming an international brand that is now operating independently. OSI is in 17 countries and has over 65 fo0d production plants.
Sheldon Lavin found the company at a point where there was a need for skilled and experienced leadership that would take the company to the next level of growth. After joining the company, he proved to be that person who would lead growth in the company and make it a leading business. In fact, at the time he joined, the only client at the time- McDonald’s, wanted him to take over leadership at the company since they needed a reliable hand in leadership since OSI was one of the key suppliers.
Sheldon Lavin helped OSI with capitalization when it was expanding its facilities to meet the food demands of the McDonald’s. As a bank executive, he processed the payments that enabled OSI to build its first food production plant exclusively to supply the McDonald’s.
At first, Sheldon was offered an opportunity to serve in the company but declined the offer, however, when the company decided to go international, he accepted the offer and became an equal managing partner.
Sheldon Lavin has been serving this company with dedication. He has insisted on results, and that is why it now a leading company globally. Even after the other two partners left the company, he stayed on and helped in accomplishing the company’s goals. He says the only reason that made him stick with the company was the confidence he had in his capability to make the company great.
1. Lavin is a true demonstration of entrepreneurs who believe in a cause and live it. He has managed to make OSI multi-billion dollar business by believing in his abilities to succeed. The company now is expected to record further growth in his twilight years in the company.