Sheldon Lavin has had a successful career in the meat industry, a journey he began over 45 years ago. Before then, Sheldon worked as an investor in the banking sector and owned a financial consulting firm. Since Sheldon took over as the CEO of OSI Group, the company has become a worldwide supplier of food products.
Sheldon leads OSI Group of industries which include: OSI International, Inc and LLC & OSI International Foods in the US. This group of industries employs over 20,000 people globally. The company has created a family oriented culture and Sheldon value the company employees as part of his family.
In 1970, Sheldon arranged for the financing of Otto & Sons when they needed to build a meat processing facility in expanding their meat supplying business. He then joined the company as a consultant.
In 1975, Sheldon became a partner in the business where he later joined the Otto &Sons (Now known as OSI) to work full time. During those years, OSI expanded to North America, Europe, South America and Taiwan. In 1980’s one of the business partners retired while the other chose to sell his business shares so that Sheldon owned the company 100%. The Company has since then expanded to Philippines, Australia, Japan, China, India and South Africa.
Sheldon Lavin purposed to grow OSI to be a world class food processing company. Today, the company is the leading supplier of proteins worldwide. The company has over 70 facilities and is operating in 17 countries worldwide. They produce products such as beef, pork, sausages, vegetable items and now baked goods.
Today, Sheldon is over 80 years old and has got no plans of retiring. He continues overseeing operations of OSI group. Sheldon is a philanthropist who has been involved in charitable causes such as Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Inner Foundation of Chicago, Evans Scholarship Fund, United Negro College Fund, Boys, and Girls Club of Chicago among many other charities.
Sheldon Lavin is a father of three children and has grandchildren as well. He prides in his accomplishments in building a worldwide business and beautiful family and as an influential businessman. He believes in rules and strategies that need to be applied to running a successful business. He acknowledges that business innovations are in his DNA.