Sheldon Lavin: A Career Worth Studying

After earning a degree in finance and accounting, Sheldon Lavin began his career in 1970 as a financial consultant. As fate would have it, he began consulting for Otto & Sons Company, a well-known company at the time that supplied meats to McDonald’s. The company had the opportunity to be the sole supplier to McDonald’s in the Midwest, but did not have the funds to secure the inventory.

Sheldon Lavin famously overcame this obstacle, and helped Otto & Sons Company secure the necessary funding to secure this contract. However, he was only their financial consultant. He did such a great job that the bank requested he take ownership of Otto & Sons Company, but he declined this offer and opted to be a financial consultant to the company.

In 1975, Otto retired from the business, and his two sons began to look for investments overseas. At this time, Sheldon Lavin saw the potential of the company, and decided to partner with the two sons. The name was then changed from Otto & Sons Company to OSI Group. Since then, the company has seen tremendous international growth, specifically in Europe, North America, Japan, India, Australia, and South Africa.

Even at age eighty-one, Sheldon Lavin continues to lead the charge at OSI Group – relentlessly pursuing new opportunities. Because of his leadership, OSI Group is the largest provider of protein in the world. At this time, they maintain fifty-five facilities in more than sixteen countries.

And even as one of the world’s busiest businessmen, Sheldon Lavin continues to try to bring some good into the world. He is an active philanthropist that has made substantial contributions to many well-known charities, including the Jewish United Fund, Evans Scholarship Fund, United Negro College Fund, and the Inner City Foundation. For this reason, he has received numerous awards for non-profit and business activities. For instance, he’s received the Global Visionary Award from India’s Vision Award Academy because he’s contributed to international job growth.

Sheldon Lavin has had the type of career we should all strive for. He has succeeded as both a businessman, and as a person, using his success to provide jobs and fund charities.

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