In the 1970s, OSI company CEO and chairman Sheldon Lavin was an active investment manager and bank executive. That’s where his interactions with OSI management was established as Otto& sons was in need of funds to carry out aggressive expansions. He played a crucial role in financial funding arrangement for OSI such that, the bank supporting OSI suggested that he gets a stake in the company, an idea he declined. The role of Sheldon Lavin in Otto and Sons increased in 1975 when he was made a partner as the company sought international funds expansion. Later, McDonald asked Lavin to commit full-time basis to OSI, and immediately made him the chairman, and CEO. He embarked on immersing the company into foreign affairs. Among the first nations that Sheldon Lavin targeted were Germany, Taiwan, Spain, Taiwan, and China.
When one of the partners choose to retire, Sheldon Lavin gained half control of corporate interest, and later in early 2000, the other partner withdrew hence increasing full veto powers. He was now committed to taking OSI to greater heights and were it not for his desire to succeed inside the company; he would have either retired with his fellow partners or go back to his former profession in banking. He pushed on, and by the year 2002 OSI group was a powerhouse in fresh produce realm and furthered its operations in Japan, India, and Germany.
Under his leadership, Sheldon Lavin took OSI group to great heights. He was in 2012, recognized with McDonald’s due to its sustainable supply. It particularly excelled in improving food sources, proper environmental measures, and communities wellness. OSI group was rated by Forbes among the largest private company with a revenue of $3 billion.
Sheldon is not only a successful businessman, but also a champion of environmental sustainability. His involvement with National Fish and Wildlife foundation explains his passion for environmental matters. He is a board member of the trustee with McDonald house charities, and other philanthropic organizations including; Rush University Medical Center. Also won, Lifetime achievement award from RSM US LLP an award he has received for long commitment in civic duties.