OSI Industries has proven over the years that even big companies can have success running like a mom and pop shop. That’s one aspect of the culture of OSI that CEO Sheldon Lavin has worked hard to foster. Lavin has been with OSI Industries for more than 40 years and one thing he’s wanted to remain unchanged is promoting diversity and a culture that seeks to look out for every employee. Lavin believes that no matter what background anyone comes from, they should be given the opportunity to earn promotions and give feedback to him and other company executives. Lavin recognized how OSI Industries could make a difference early on.
Lavin joined the meat wholesale company back when they were Otto & Sons, a Chicago meat plant that had formerly been a butcher shop. They had become the chosen partner for McDonald’s Corporation and now had the task of raising financing to build more processing plants to meet the McDonald’s demand. That’s when Sheldon Lavin was called upon to make the financing happen. Lavin had had many years of experience in banking and investment consulting and was actually the founder of a boutique firm. As part-time financial manager at Otto & Sons, he did such a tremendous job that the aging owners started asking him to take over the company.
Lavin’s passion up till that point had been in finance and investing, and when asked to become CEO of a meat wholesale company, he was hesitant at first. But when offered an ownership stake and a chance to grow the company as he saw fit, Lavin accepted and Otto & Sons took off from there. Upon making their first major venture overseas, the company became renamed OSI Industries.
One way to describe Lavin is that even today beyond 80 years old, he just doesn’t seem to slow down. He not only loves the people he works with, he also cares deeply about the local community and other charities across the US. He’s involved with the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, several non-profit health organizations, wildlife park services, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Commemorating 40 years of Lavin’s business and philanthropic accomplishments in 2016 was Global Vision Academy, an organization in India that awards people for excellence in building a business and sustaining it for a long time. Lavin has also been featured in publications from the North American Meat Institute.
Sheldon Lavin’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/public/Sheldon-Lavin
Rainbow34 December 22, 2017