Sheldon Lavin is the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group. OSI Group is a leading food provider in the international scene and is an umbrella company consisting of OSI International Foods, LLC and OSI Industries, LLC. It operates in 17 countries and has over 65 facilities. Sheldon Lavin is the man behind the great success of OSI Group, where he also serves as the President of OSI International Foods.
His education background is in the accounting and finance field hence he was able to run a financial consulting company. Lavin then joined OSI, then known as Otto & Sons, in the 1970s as an investment consultant before becoming a partner in 1975. In the early 1980s, he bought a 50% controlling interest and later obtained 100% control when the last partner retired over 13 years ago.
Since taking over the company, the sky has become the limit for OSI Group. Sheldon Lavin has driven the company’s growth and expansion to global heights through joint ventures and acquisitions in various countries and continents. Sheldon has also added the company’s product portfolio from being a meat supplier to additional products like fresh foods and poultry products. The most popular business moves have been Amick Farms’ purchase to increase its poultry operations, Baho Foods acquisition to expand services to Germany and Netherlands, and the purchase of Flagship Europe rebranded in 2018 as Creative Europe.
Sheldon’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed, and OSI has received many awards for its efforts in managing the environment and health as well as observing safety. One such award is the 2016 Globe of Honor award by the British Safety Council which appreciated OSI for venturing international markets and creating many employment opportunities. Lavin also received the Global Visionary Award which recognizes those who are persistent and persevere to turn dreams into reality, and the Lifetime Achievement Award to applaud his dedication to service and the business community in Chicago. Apart from awards, Sheldon Lavin holds prestigious positions including being the Director and President of Sheba Foundation, Trustee for Ronald McDonald House Charities and Goodman Theater board member.
Besides being a shrewd businessman, Sheldon Lavin gives back to the society through his active charity work participation. The most notable charities include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Inner City Foundation of Chicago, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and many more philanthropic endeavors.
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