Sheldon Lavin is a businessman and entrepreneur and currently the Chief Executive Officer of the OSI Group and the President of OSI International Foods, Ltd. Lavin began his career in the financial and banking services industry before becoming involved in the food processing industry. He took on employment challenges with OSI in 1975 as a consultant. He quickly became a partner in the company and focused on expanding their overseas operations. Lavin then purchased a controlling interest in OSI and took charge of the company operations.
Mr. Lavin originally became involved with the company when the company was interested in financing in order to build a meat processing plant to expand and increase the meat products OSI provided to McDonald Hamburgers. With the expansion underway, Lavin continued to grow OSI in a worldwide supplier of food. Today, the company operates food product facilities in more than 17 countries with more than 80 facilities. The company also employs approximately 20,000 employees.
Through Lavin’s leadership, employees are encouraged and supported to be the best they can be and rise with the challenges as they occur. The company experiences low employee turnover as many stay with the company for years. Lavin’s philosophy is it is important to invest in the staff, as well as the infrastructure. The people are the real future of the company and it is essential to hire and retain the best and brightest the industry has to offer. His vision for the company is to continue profitable growth by remaining on the forefront of the industry with cutting edge and state of the art methods and techniques.
Sheldon Lavin is also a philanthropist and wears that hat proudly. It is important to give back to the communities around him personally, as well as professionally. He supports several charities including the Ronald McDonald House Foundation. The Foundation helps families that are dealing with serious illness with housing accommodations. He is also a Board Member of the Goodman Theatre and a Board Member for the Rush University Medical Center. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin Receives Global Visionary Award
OSI has been recognized with several awards during Lavin’s tenure at the company. In 2016, OSI Food Solutions UK was awarded the Globe of Honor by the British Safety Council. The recognition was due to the company’s move into the international arena and creating employment opportunities worldwide. Lavin was also recognized for his involvement in the Sheba Foundation and the President and Director. Sheldon Lavin, Chairman And CEO Of OSI Group, LLC