Sheldon Lavin’s career with the OSI Group spans over 40 years. Prior to becoming the Chairman and CEO he worked in the banking industry, where he was an executive and owner of a financial consulting business. He decided to leave the financial services industry, after arranging corporate funding for Otto & Sons. Otto & Sons is the former name of the OSI group. Since these early days, Lavin has been an instrumental force into the development and growth of the OSI Group. Now that OSI Group has become a major retail food company. Lavin can look back and see how he helped transform the OSI Group from primarily a meat and protein supplier, to an international food product supplier.
Lavin and the OSI Group are most proud of their relationship with the employees. Instead of treating them like a bunch of nameless workers, the some 20,000 employees are treated like family. Sheldon Lavin said that it’s the belief that transparency in employee relations is responsible for the low turnover rate. Sheldon Lavin commented that the OSI Group has a “tremendous amount of longevity in our workforce.” In addition to having a low rate of employee turnovers, the OSI Group also maintains a “deep appreciation” for the workers. This includes the international and national employees, Lavin made it his mission to grow the company into a much larger retail food outlet. This became possible when he gained 100 percent control over all company votes. With authoritative control of all the votes, he set out to increase the presence of the OSI group.
The OSI Group has received numerous awards for outstanding service. Including a recent one for Lavin efforts to incorporate sustainability into the infrastructure of OSI. The award, the Globe of Honor was presented in 2016 by the British Safety Council, it recognized OSI for reducing safety issues, related to strategies that lessen the impact of food processing plants on the environment. At 81, Sheldon Lavin continues to be an active decision maker in the daily operational support of global customers. Customers know that they can rely on the OSI Group to deliver a higher level of retail food products. Not bad, considering that originally the company was solely deemed as a supplier of meat products for McDonalds. They’ve grown into 16 countries, with 55 facilities worldwide, Lavin continues to pursue opportunities to expand into other countries.