Sheldon Lavin: A 40 Year Commitment to Purpose

Through delegation and assigning tasks to highly capable individuals, Sheldon Lavin has developed the leadership experience and technical know-how fit for a Forbes listed CEO.

With his ability to successfully manage the large-scale operations of the complex food supply chain, he has effectively moved his tenure to the forefront of the food processing and packaging industry.

Through forward thinking and managerial expertise, he is able to withstand the challenges of variables to business like technological changes, resource shortages and changes in consumer preferences.

Sheldon Lavin knew back in finance school that he wanted make a difference in the world, building companies that would provide food and other important products. He would become a financial consultant, advising companies on how to acquire regular funding needed to survive in competitive markets. His “big break” would come when he secured a contract with Otto and Sons, then a small company seeking capital. It was here he discovered his talent for expanding enterprises.

Coming on board Otto and Sons as a partner to the Kolschowsky brothers in the midst of their McDonald’s supplier contract, Sheldon Lavin would help steer the company into the global market, proving his intuitive prowess. In the 1980s, OSI Group expanded into Europe, Brazil and Taiwan. Growth continued in the 90s as the company had reached China, Poland, Mexico, the Philippines and needed up production in the United States. The arrival of the new millennium ushered in an era of acquisition as OSI purchased companies in Australia, China and the United States.

More recent acquisitions include the 2014 joint ventures in Canada, The UK, and Germany; the Tyson acquistion in 2016, the Flagship UK acquisition and more.

Today, the OSI Group is one of the world’s largest food processing companies with 20,000 employees, Sheldon Lavin gives generously to non profit organizations helping sick children, and helping to raise college scholarship money. At 85, he remains committed to purpose and the drive to innovate and change the world for the better.