Sheldon Lavin- How he joined OSI Group

Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman and CEO of the OSI Group. This is a company that has been in the business sector for the past one century. It is one of the companies in the United States that can attest to having a solid history of growth. As it was starting, it was just a butcher shop, but over the years, it became a top company that is now supplying food products to almost every continent. Sheldon Lavin is the longest serving executive in this company; he has been part of the leadership of this company since the 1970s when he was given a role as the investment adviser of the company.

Sheldon was working as an investment banking manager before he got a deal to join OSI Group which was then known as Otto & Sons. At the time, it was a family owned business being managed by the two sons of its founder. As a banking manager, Sheldon was given the task of facilitating the financing of the company. The company at the time had plans of growing its operations to more places on the globe. When the bank he was working with proposed that he takes up a position as one of the owners of the company, he first declined and decided to be only a consultant as the company moved its operations outside the United States.

In 1975, OSI Group was seeking funds in order to move to the international market. At this point, he would not avoid taking the offer as it was too good. He joined the two sons of the founder as an equal partner. In the same year, they renamed the company to OSI Industries.

When Sheldon Lavin was joining this company, it had one main client in the name of McDonald’s. McDonald’s had placed so much pressure on Otto & Sons to meet the demand that they were getting. It got to a point where McDonald’s moved into the international market and needed OSI Industries to follow suit. It is at this point the asked Sheldon Lavin to show full commitment to the food business and lead OSI Group. Sheldon Lavin was made the Chairman and CEO of OSI Group as a result.