Sheldon Lavin has been recently honored with the Global Visionary Award, a recognition given to businessmen who have made their unique visions reality on a grand scale. Lavin took the reins of a local Chicago meat processing company and turned them into one of the world’s premier brands in meat products. Lavin’s company is OSI Group, originally a butcher shop that German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky founded over 100 years ago in a small Chicago neighborhood that became the number one supplier to McDonalds restaurants.
Sheldon Lavin is a visionary in finding other processing centers and flagship companies to acquire and partner with, and turning company investments into profitable gains in every market OSI Group has entered into.
Sheldon Lavin’s gift at making good deals and investment made him successful as a banker before he came to Otto & Sons. He had retired from the banking world while still fairly young and was running his own investment consulting firm when he met up with the Kolschowsky sons several years after they became McDonalds’ partners. They sought Lavin’s advice to maximize company profits and build a plan to grow domestically and internationally. Lavin initially only planned to stay as a consultant and avoid the corporate world, but he soon changed his mind when he realized he could do something special with Otto & Sons. He bought out the ownership stake when the Kolschowsky sons retired and then renamed the company OSI Group according to beta.companieshouse.gov.uk.
OSI Group has opened up plants in 17 different countries and has bought out several companies including Baho Food, Flagship Europe and Tyson Food Plant. Their packaged foods include prepared foods in burgers, hotdogs, pizzas and sub sandwiches. They also have frozen meats in raw beef and poultry and ready-to-cook breakfast packages. Lavin has also made sure the company upholds the industry’s highest safety standards and was given the Globe of Honour Award for it by the British Safety Council. But Lavin has also made sure that the company’s environment has stayed hospitable and friendly to all workers, and as a result the company can boast of one of the highest retention rates. Lavin is also on the boards at Ronald McDonald House Charities, Jewish United Fund and Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.