Sheldon Lavin Runs A Meat Company Based On Sustainability
Not too long ago, a university in India held a ceremony at their Global Vision Academy to recognize a man who turned a small meat supply company into a global network that supplies supermarkets and fast food chains including McDonald’s all over the world. That man is Sheldon Lavin of OSI Industries who was once a financier who used his financial growth strategies to build a huge food portfolio at OSI. Lavin was honored to receive this award and for him, he attributes the company’s sustainability model to its success. Sustainability, he says not only is about being conscious about how the company operations affect the environment, but also about how it’s socially responsible, and even more so responsible in every nation’s economy.
Sheldon Lavin worked at an investment bank for years before he met the owners of Otto & Sons, the name of OSI before it was later changed. He left that position to run his own consulting firm where he met the owners of Otto & Sons and subsequently served as a financing middleman. He became more involved with the company as the years went on, and as Otto & Sons partner McDonald’s announced plans to open new restaurant locations they asked that Sheldon Lavin take a role in leading Otto & Sons. He was made a partner owner in the company and appointed CEO and Chairman where he has served for over 40 years, but even now he doesn’t plan on retiring just yet.
Sheldon Lavin has built a culture not only of sustainability, but also of respect and family in the way everyone is treated. He even once said in an interview that he likes being called Shelly instead of Mr. Lavin. Along with the Global Visionary award, he’s also received the Edward C. Jones community service award for his partnering OSI Industries with non-profit groups like the Chicago Inner City Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs. You can usually see more statements from Lavin by going to OSI’s Facebook page.