Sheldon Lavin has been the main reason why OSI Group has made the lists of top companies people love to work for. Since taking over the company more than 30 years ago, Lavin has brought a culture of hospitality and positive encouragement in every department and chain of command.
Under Sheldon Lavin leadership the company has gained billions in revenue from food sales and fast food restaurants have been able to deliver tasty, safe menus to their customers. But Lavin is also active in the Chicago community where OSI Group is based and makes sure their influence goes beyond the business world.
Non-profits that Sheldon Lavin is a part of include the Jewish United Fund, Inner City Chicago Foundation, Evans Scholarship Fund and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. He also loves music and arts and sits on the board at the Goodman Theatre. He has been named as one of the top visionaries in the food industry and business as a whole by India’s Global Vision Academy where he won the Global Visionary Award just this last year. Lavin is also active at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.
Sheldon Lavin came to OSI Group, or Otto & Sons at it was known at the time because he saw a company that valued people the most in their endeavors. He started out as an Investment Banker who worked with wealthy clients and major investment funds. He stepped down from the big banks and decided to run his own financial consulting firm in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and it was then that Otto & Sons asked his firm to be the financial guide for their company. Otto & Sons had great plans to become bigger, but they needed someone with Lavin’s experience to help them make the right decisions.
Lavin was initially only a part-time financier for the company who had become the key partner for McDonalds in 1957. He didn’t want to become an owner initially because he felt finance and investing should be his only career focus, but when he saw how much potential Otto & Sons had to become great, he accepted the offer.
Sheldon Lavin officially became CEO and controlling owner when the original owners of the company retired and sold their shares to him.
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