Sheldon Lavin: The Unknown McDonald’s Partner

McDonald’s has been one of the most popular fast food restaurants in America thanks to some of its signature sandwiches and different promotions they’ve done, but not too many people know about one of the men responsible for providing the sandwich meats. That man is Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of a top-ranked meat wholesale distributor, OSI Industries. OSI Industries has been in operation for over 100 years and Lavin has been a big part of the growth it’s experienced. OSI Industries had made sure their meats are customized exactly the way their customers demand, and the speed and efficiency of their processing is why McDonalds has remained a strong partner with them.

When Sheldon Lavin first came to OSI Industries over 40 years ago, it was a local meat company known as Otto & Sons run by the Kolschowsky family. He had been in banking and was now running an investment consulting firm when the Kolschowskys approached him with helping restructure the company finance and investing in more factories. Lavin did quite well with this, and McDonalds and the Kolschowskys even wanted him to become CEO and start taking over the company. Lavin did not wish to do so initially because he felt his career was better served in finance, but he began to think about what he could potentially do with the company if he took it global. So once the Kolschowskys retired, Lavin and David McDonald took over ownership and in 1975 changed name to OSI Industries. It’s first foreign investment was a venture into Germany in 1978, and since then it’s become operational in 17 different countries.

Sheldon Lavin says nothing matters more to him as a company leader than what the company does for its people. He’s told several business publications that he prefers to have his office door open to hear what those around him think about the company, and always is open to hear about how it could be better. Lavin has kept his passion for people alive for so long as CEO that even beyond 80 years old, he loves coming to work every day and helping others. He’s been credited with two awards in recent years, one of which is the North American Meat Institute’s Edward C. Jones award for community service, and the other is the Vision Academy’s Global Visionary award highlighting the path he took to build OSI Industries.

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