Looking back into the time that Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Group Inc. and looking at what he has become today, it paints the perfect example of the phrase: “Rome was not built in a day.” He entered the meat processing industry as an “underdog,” having made the drastic shift from a financial expert and investor and owning a financial consultations company. Regardless, his dedication to the company’s growth earned him the position of the Chair and the CEO of OSI Group, a holding company in the meat processing industry.
His path to success began when he decided to venture into a partnership with The sons of Otto Kloschowski, while the company was still under the name Otto & Sons. Sheldon Lavin’s financial input into the business made the company bolster its operations to become McDonald’s Corporation’s single supplier of hamburgers. At first, he agreed to enter into a partnership on one condition: his financial input would be to the same extent of the leverage as the sons had.
In 1975, he became much involved with Otto &Sons and began seeking overseas investment opportunities, and it is the time that their main client, McDonald’s, confirmed them as their full-time supplier. In 1970 – 1990, ISO Group expanded into U.S, Europe, Taiwan and South America. “When I took over the management of ISO Group in the 80s, I made it a tacit mandate to transform the company into a global company. If I can’t achieve that, I better go back to banking,” said Sheldon Lavin.
At only 81 years, Sheldon Lavin impeccable leadership and contribution to the company has made him a multi-award winner in the industry. For instance, he has received the highly coveted Global Visionary Award. The award was initiated by India’s Vision Word Academy, and its objective is honor exceptional leaders and visionaries in various industrial realms who have exhibited relentlessness in turning dreams into reality.
On 20 Feb 2016, Mr. Sheldon Lavin received the award for the fifth time at the Gujrat Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The award acknowledged the 10-year guidance he gave to the company for its eight-year long operations in India.