Sheldon Lavin is a business owner and CEO who has made many deals and partnerships with meat distribution companies and restaurant chains across the globe. His company is OSI Group, a meat processing and logistics company based in Chicago that he took over in the 1980s. One of the things Lavin loves about his job is working with people, and he believes in maintaining a family atmosphere at every level of his company. His personable nature has trickled down among the company’s employees and OSI Group has maintained a solid reputation as a top place to come work with many employees staying on long-term.
Sheldon Lavin entered the food processing industry with a background specifically in finance and banking. He started out as a consultant for OSI Group, which was then known as Otto & Sons due to being founded by Otto Kolschowsky in 1909. Lavin initially worked part-time at this company as a financial consultant, but the Kolschowsky brothers wanted him involved further in the company when they wanted to grow their holdings to meet the McDonalds corporation demands. After much consideration, Lavin decided to accept position as CEO and soon he began turning Otto & Sons into an International Distribution Enterprise. He bought the remaining controlling shares when the Kolschowsky brothers retired in the early 1980s. It was renamed OSI Group about a year after he took over.
During Lavin’s time as CEO, OSI Group has made several acquisitions across Europe including the UK’s Flagship Europe company, and the Netherlands’ Baho Food. Lavin’s hard work in keeping OSI Group’s production at peak level and investing in technology has earned him numerous executive awards, including the Global Visionary Award at India’s Global Vision Academy.
Sheldon Lavin also helped OSI Group win the Globe of Honour from the British Safety Council for keeping their processing plants in safe operating order and environmentally-friendly. Lavin is also involved in several non-profits in Chicago that include the Ronald McDonald House Charities which provides cancer treatment funds to young children, the Jewish United Fund which benefits various Jewish American neighborhoods, and the Inner City Foundation of Chicago.