It was in 1975 that Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Group. He was a graduate of finance school and had been working in the financial industry for years as a business consultant. He was a financial consultant to OSI Group and did such a fine job that this company’s management and their biggest customer, McDonald’s, wanted him to take over as the CEO and chairman.
He decided against this course of action but, eventually, they persuaded him that it would be an excellent opportunity for him. Sheldon Lavin says that they were able to change his mind and so he took over as the top executive of OSI Group and took an ownership position. He eventually bought all of the outstanding interest in the company and wholly owns it to this day. Visit Sheldon Lavin at about.me
Sheldon Lavin says that there were three main reasons for why he decided to take over OSI Group’s operations. The first was that he discovered he was pretty talented at expanding a company’s operations. The second was a desire to make a larger positive impact in the world than he could as a financier. The third was that he really believed in OSI Group and could identify how he could grow it into an international brand.
And grow OSI Group is exactly what he did. It has facilities in 17 countries and employs around 20,000 people. He has made multiple acquisitions over the years such as Amick Farms of Batesburg, South Carolina, Flagship Europe in England, Baho Foods in the Netherlands, Hynek Schlachthof GmbH of Germany, and more. He has also partnered with many other food processing companies around the world in joint partnerships.
His propensity for growth led to India’s Vision World Academy honoring Sheldon Lavin in 2016 with their Global Visionary Award for being an entrepreneur whose passion led to global success. In the prior year, the RSM US LLP organization gave him their Lifetime Achievement Award for all he has done for the Chicago business community.