Approaching 90 Years Old Isn’t Stopping Sheldon Lavin From Doing His Job At OSI Industries

One of the happiest CEO’s in the food industry today is Sheldon Lavin, the leader of the McDonald’s franchise’s largest partner OSI Industries. Lavin has been in this business for a long time and is almost 90 years old, but he never seems to lose his passion and energy while on the job because he loves not only knowing that quality foods will be delivered, but loves the interaction he has with the people he works with. The way Lavin described the company was one that has an open door to ideas and values hearing everyone’s input. There are some policies that govern the company because like all other companies, it needs to uphold strong ethics and encourage diversity, but Lavin said it doesn’t have the usual corporate “rule from the top” structure.

OSI Industries currently operates all around the world, but it was only a local company when Sheldon Lavin first came there. Lavin had gotten his bachelor’s degree in finance and was a top-ranking advisor for a large investment bank in his early career. He stepped down from that job and started his own boutique services firm, and it was while running this firm that he became acquainted with the Kolschowsky family who owned Otto & Sons, the original name of OSI Industries. Otto & Sons had had a good reputation in processing meat for local merchants, but a new partnership with McDonald’s meant they were going to have to go grow substantially, and in order to do that they needed to build a big meat processing plant. Lavin was who they asked to help get a bank loan, and it was while doing this that he first came across the offer to become a partial owner of Otto & Sons. Lavin turned this offer down because he was committed to financial career, but he did promise to come on part-time as a consultant at the company.

As Sheldon Lavin spent more time at Otto & Sons, he started understanding more on how the meat supply industry worked and realized the company could become dynamic with the right moves. So he reconsidered the offer to work at the company full-time and at the request of its current owners and their McDonald’s partners, he bought the controlling shares and assumed the title of Chairman and CEO. Over the next several years the company became renamed to OSI Industries and began opening even more plants. By the 1990s it was operating in China, Brazil, Germany and later moved into the UK, Canada and Australia. Lavin not only became interested in growing the company, he also decided to use it to partner with and support community service groups like the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, the Boys & Girls Clubs, Jewish United Fund and several healthcare foundations. In honor of his contributions to community service he was given the Edward C. Jones award from the North American Meat Institute, and the Global Visionary award by Global Vision Academy.

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How Joel Friant Makes Eating A Pleasure

As a person who has opened a number of new businesses, Joel Friant is a prolific entrepreneur. Among the industries he has worked are real estate sales, home remodeling, and the restaurant industry. In the real estate industry he has worked as a house flipper, or someone that buys a property that needs to be fixed up, has it rehabilitated. and then puts it back on the market in order to make a profit. He has also worked as a mortgage lender and worked his way into being the top salesperson in his office.

It was while working in the restaurant industry, operating his own restaurant, that Joel Friant became very familiar with Thai food. In fact, he became known as “The Thai Guy” because he opened up the first fast food Thai restaurant in the United States. Thai food makes great use of spices, including habanero peppers. Over time he developed a passion for this type of pepper. As a result he created The Habanero Shaker which is a container of 100% habanero flakes that people can shake over their food. He first released this product in 1995 and over time it was sold in a number of big grocery chains across the state of Washington. When other things became a priority for him he had moved on to other things, though.

Due to popular demand, Joel Friant re-released his habanero product, now called The Original Habanero Shaker. Habanero flakes are still the only ingredient and so the shaker is free of filler, preservatives, and artificial colors. His product is also made in the United States rather than overseas.

The Original Habanero Shaker makes a great alternative to other products such as Tobasco. For one, it brings real heat unlike the vast majority of products in stores. Because habanero peppers are one of the hottest chile peppers in the world it’s really hot, although not excessively so. And while there are hotter nowadays they don’t match the combination of flavor and heat that The Original Habanero Shaker brings to the table.