Sheldon Lavin has been with OSI Group for nearly his entire career and is now serving as its Chairman and CEO. Although Lavin has a family of his own, he said he considers the entirety of OSI Group to be his family.
Lavin entered the world of meat production in the 1970s working as a financial consultant for Otto & Sons, the former name of OSI Group. Otto & Sons was an early supplier of McDonald’s. The deal with McDonald’s was made possible due to funding organized by Sheldon Lavin. In just five years, Lavin began to look into opportunities overseas. Thanks to Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group was able to become the international food processors they are today.
Sheldon Lavin is a contributor to the Ronald McDonald House Charity.
Mr. Lavin is also the recipient of a Global Visionary Award. The award is issued by the Vision World Academy, who honored Sheldon Lavin with the award in 2016. The award was made for individuals who have high hopes in their respective fields; it is given to individuals who have turned their dreams to their personal realities. People who have received the Global Visionary Award have all shown perseverance, persistence, and the ability to accomplish goals.
Sheldon Lavin’s company OSI Group recently acquired many different facilities.
OSI Group purchased an old Tyson production plant in Illinois. This marks yet another location just outside Lavin’s hometown of Chicago. The Tyson plant was had previously laid off hundreds of employees prior to OSI’s acquisition. Many of the individuals who were let go from Tyson were offered jobs by OSI.
OSI Group also purchased Baho Foods, a food processing company ran out of the Netherlands and Germany. Flagship Europe was also purchased by OSI Group. These acquisitions have cemented OSI Group into the global economy.
Sheldon Lavin has seen the company through ups and downs. From the time Otto & Sons got its first major deal with an up and coming restaurant chain called McDonald’s to these recent acquisitions, Sheldon Lavin has been either assisting or leading the company.