Sheldon Lavin: An Impact A CEO Made On OSI Group, McDonald’s First Food Processing Provider

A professional who organizes businesses to optimize and exceed expectations, Sheldon Lavin lead a food-processing and meat-packing company, OSI Group to one of the largest in the world. Bringing experience as a bank executive and investor with a drive for success, he influenced and pushed OSI Group to grow and transformed the company into what it is today. As CEO, the company has expanded to at least 65 different locations. He expects more growth and continues to pinpoint efforts on food safety, innovation, sustainability, marketing and environmental-friendly methods.Founded by Otto Kolschinowsky in 1909, Otto & Sons began as a meat market and butchery in Chicago.

In 1955, Otto & Sons made an excellent decision by becoming McDonald’s first hamburger supplier. In the 1970s, Sheldon Lavin and the two sons of Otto Kolschinowsky became partners and re-named Otto & Sons to OSI Group, LLC. Mr. Lavin managed complex operations successfully by delegating skilled teams that took on specific tasks, so he and his partners were able to focus on making decisions on the company’s improvement. With the McDonald’s franchise growing rapidly, OSI Group was able to grow with them. They opened two new plants in America and expanded to at least 9 other countries. Sheldon Lavin later became a 50% partner once one of the brothers retired, which granted him 100% of voting control.

Today, OSI Group employs over 20,000 people across the globe and Sheldon Lavin continues focus on expansion and implements green innovations. Despite the differences in languages and locations, he ensures that the company remains consistent and ethical. He teaches his peers the power of humility by learning from mistakes and adjusting to better results. He has received awards for his humble efforts in business and leadership and enjoys donating to charities such as “Ronald McDonald House Foundation” that provides housing and amenities to families that are dealing with illness. He is a father of 3 and devotedly works as CEO for OSI Group, continuing to inspire entrepreneurs all over the world.

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