Sheldon Lavin may not be the direct owner of McDonalds or Burger King, but his partnerships with fast food restaurants like these have been a huge reason why customers love their specialties. He’s the CEO and owner of one of the top meat wholesale companies in the US and the world and the chief partner of McDonalds.
Sheldon Lavin also the winner of several acclaimed business awards. He won the North American Meat Institute’s Edward C. Jones award for his philanthropy in the meat industry, and just this last year was presented the Global Visionary Award from Global Vision Academy thanks to his outstanding work in investing and building a business.
Sheldon Lavin was a banking and investing professional before he became established in the meat distribution industry. He worked for the big banks initially, but then retired to run his own investment consulting business. In the 1970s he met the owners of Otto & Sons who wanted his guidance to turn the company into a more financially stable operation, especially as they were supplying most of the meats to McDonalds at this point.
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Sheldon Lavin did such a great job as a Financial Director that the owners of Otto & Sons wanted him to become fulltime CEO as did McDonalds. Lavin didn’t want this position initially, but upon seeing the potential the company had if he could invest in new infrastructure, Sheldon Lavin accepted position as CEO and in 1975 had the company renamed to OSI Industries.
Since Lavin took over at OSI group, the company has opened or bought out 50 plants and is operating with subsidiaries in 17 countries. Those subsidiaries include the recently acquired Flagship Europe and Baho Food. Lavin says what makes his company most successful is that their core beliefs are in family and treating employees well. In fact he doesn’t believe in running the company from the top down like most corporations, but instead wants it to be inclusive of others’ opinions. Lavin donates money and time to philanthropies including the Chicago Inner City Foundation, the Jewish United Fund, Cancer Research Institute and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.