Sheldon Lavin has achieved much success in the food industry. He is the CEO and chairperson of OSI Group, a global and food processing company headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. He is also president of OSI International Foods Ltd. Sheldon’s unmatched management skills are demonstrated in the success of the company, which he grew from being a local hamburger supplier to a global brand. The company’s outstanding performance has seen it receive different awards, including the 2016 Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy. In addition, RSM US LLP honored the visionary leader with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. OSI Group has also received numerous sustainability and environmental awards.
Despite of his overwhelming success in the food industry, Sheldon Lavin started his career in the financial sector. His involvement in food production started in 1970 when he arranged funding for Otto & Sons, the predecessor of OSI Group. During that period, the entity supplied hamburgers to McDonald’s Corporation in the Midwest. Five years later, he became a business partner with the two sons after the retirement of their father. Sheldon took a full time career in the meat processing industry and assumed full control of the company when the two sons retired. He has overseen OSI Group’s expansion to South America, Taiwan, Philippines, India, Japan, South Africa, China, Australia, Brazil and Europe. Learn more about him: https://angel.co/sheldon-lavin
Today, OSI Group has three wholly owned subsidiaries. They are OSI Industries LLC, OSI International Foods and OSI International, Inc. These companies have employed over 20,000 workers. Owing to the company’s family-oriented culture, they have had a low staff turnover. Presently, OSI Group operates over 50 facilities in 17 countries where they serve retail and foodservice brands. In addition, Sheldon Lavin engages in charitable initiatives. Over the years, Sheldon has been supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities where he is also a trustee. The other non-profit organizations that Sheldon Lavin supports include The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Evans Scholarship Fund, Inner City Foundation of Chicago and Boys and Girls Club of Chicago. Lavin serves as the president of the Sheba Foundation.