Sheldon Lavin has served on many prestigious Boards including Ronald McDonald House, Rush University Medical Center, Goodman Theatre, and the Sheba Foundation. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his charitable funding to organizations that represent different nationalities, the disabled, the disenfranchised et. al., like the Inner-City Foundation of Chicago, Ronald McDonald House, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Jewish United Fund, Chicago’s Boys and Girls Club, the United Negro College Fund, and many other charities.
Mr. Lavin is the Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the OSI Group, LLC. The OSI Group is based in Aurora, Illinois but its presence is set up globally under the auspices of the OSI International Foods Ltd, where Sheldon serves as its President. OSI is a privately-owned food service industry firm that deals with global suppliers of healthy food products to leading meat processors, as well as food service and retail food brands.
Under Mr. Lavin’s leadership, the OSI Group has received outstanding awards like the one from the British Safety Council in 2016, called the Globe of Honor. This award recognizes food industry companies who have excelled in health and environmental management, and good safety risks. Also, in February 2016, Mr. Lavin was awarded the Global Visionary Award with a ceremony in India. The award is given to distinguished visionaries.
Sheldon Lavin did not start out in the meat industry. His educational background was in accounting and finance. In 1970 he worked at a financial firm where Otto and Sons, the forerunner of the OSI Industries, came to his company for funding. Soon Otto and Sons asked that he join them in an ownership position which he did. Later the McDonald’s company approached Lavin to join them along with OSI so that they could grow together.
The OSI Group grew exponentially throughout America, Europe, Asian countries, and Africa. After a retirement and a sell-out investment to Mr. Lavin, he took over managing the OSI Group. Today, the company has extended to the Philippians, Australia, and India. OSI is the world’s largest protein supplier with over 55 facilities in 16 countries and at 80+ Sheldon Lavin is still working hard to expand the company internationally. Mr. Lavin stated that with additional acquisitions of food related companies, he hopes to bring leading edge food processing to countries around the world.
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