Sheldon Lavin is a renowned international entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and business executive. The award-winning CEO has over four-decade experience in management and executive leadership. He has had a successful career in the banking sector to a point owning a consulting firm. Later, he ventured and excelled in food processing industry. Currently, Sheldon Lavin is the chairman and CEO of OSI Group as well as the president of OSI International Foods Ltd.
OSI began its operations as a family meat market in 1909 in Illinois. The company gradually expanded its services to nearby towns and states. In 1928, the enterprise changed its name to Otto & Sons. Sheldon Lavin joined the group as a consultant in early 1970s after organizing a financial deal for them. Later he became a partner and was fully involved in the management of the company in the early 1980s. He steered and transformed the company into a global supplier of food products. OSI expanded its business operations into South and North America, Asia, Australia, and Africa.
OSI Group as a privately held company comprises of OSI Industries, OSI International Foods, and OSI International Inc. Through its industries, the company produces food that is custom and value-added. They specialize in meat, fruits, vegetables and other protein food. They supply their products to the retail food brands and global leading foodservice outlets. The OSI Group has over 65 facilities in 17 different countries. The company is a global employer with more than 20,000 employees.
With over 80 years, Sheldon Lavin is still active in the OSI activities. His focus is to expand and diversify the company’s business to conquer the European and Asian market. They are now offering customized breakfast, snacks, side dishes, lunches, entrees, and deserts. Sheldon Lavin once served as the Director of National Fish &Wildlife Foundation. Now he serves in Goodman Theatre as a board member and a general trustee of Rush University Medical Centre.
Sheldon Lavin was awarded the Global Visionary Award by the India’s Vision World Academy. This laurel honors the visionary entrepreneurs who have demonstrated persistence in quest of achieving their dreams. Sheldon Lavin actively involves himself in charity work both locally and nationally. He is an active member and the current chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities and The Sheba Foundation. Also, he has participated in the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, various Jewish charity campaigns, Unite Negro College Fund, and Evans Scholarship Funds among others.
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