As an investor and executive in the banking industry, Sheldon Lavin was no stranger to success at the onset of the 1970’s, but it was upon being asked to help bring in funding for a new deal between Otto and Sons, and McDonald’s Corporation, that his career path would change significantly. Otto and Sons had existed since 1909, when founder, Otto Kolschowsky opened his first butcher shop in the Chicago area, and their partnership with McDonald’s Corporation had begun in 1953. The new plant, which would serve McDonald’s exclusively, was completed in 1973, and as the decade progressed, Sheldon Lavin became more involved with the company. By 1975, Sheldon Lavin had become an equal partner with the sons of Otto Kolschowsky, and the company had been renamed OSI Group. He describes his partnership with Otto and Sons as his “big break,” and this success, relatively early in his career, allowed him to recognize his true talent in building large-scale companies up from humble beginnings. Sheldon’s Lavin’s career would be marked by his rapid expansion during the 1980’s, which lead to new locations in places such as the Philippines, Taiwan, and South Africa. Today, Mr. Lavin is the Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, which has expanded to 65 locations around the world.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Lavin has consistently been successful in his endeavors, and one strategy that he has continued to utilize is staying abreast of the changing trends in developing tech. Developing technologies continue to govern many aspects of society, and by staying ahead of the curve, Mr. Lavin has been able to reach a growing number of clients as the year’s progress. Planning for the future is an element that he believes many people fall short in regards to true preparation, but as a person with a natural instinct for building, he has employed a system of future planning that generally allows him to continue to thrive at the age of 85. When not involving himself with the daily operations at OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin is often making contributions to charities around the world, most notably, Ronald McDonald House Foundation.
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