Sheldon Lavin OSI Group’s Chairman and CEO. He has built a successful career at OSI Group, a leading food products and solutions provider in the world. Since 1970s, Lavin has worked in a leadership position at the company alongside other team members to make the company grow to become a big player in the food industry. The company was founded in 1909 as a small butcher shop by a German immigrant.
In 1970s, Sheldon Lavin joined the company while it was still known as Otto & Sons Company. Sometimes, the company could run into financial challenges hence unable to fund their expansion activities. Lavin was instrumental in sourcing for funds during such periods. At some point, he was given the option of being a partner in the company. However, he didn’t take up the position. Otto & Sons Company was managed by Otto, his sons and of course, Lavin. It transformed its name into OSI Group in 1975. The company accelerated its expansion efforts and in 1975, the company was again in need of more funds and Sheldon Lavin helped it to source for funding. OSI Group expanded to Europe, Australia, Philippines, and North America and other places. To know more about Sheldon, visit their website at sheldonlavin.com
The things that Lavin perceives as important when managing a company include technological factors, customer preferences and satisfaction and resources. They are important because they are rarely measured by a price system. He ensures there is inclusivity when making decisions. Apart from his roles at OSI Group, he offers advisory to other companies on various areas. The company thrived in Europe as well as North America despite the markets performing poorly at the time, thanks to the leadership of Sheldon Lavin. With strong education and work background, he took the markets by storm. Additionally, he established sustainability measures that have led to the company to win many awards.
Despite his busy schedule at the company, Sheldon Lavin finds time to participate in philanthropic activities. He sponsors Ronald McDonald House Foundation and he is actively involved in United Negro College Fund, Inner City Foundation of Chicago, the Sheba Foundation, Rush University Medical Center, and others. In 2015, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Aside from his personal achievements, currently, OSI Group has over 20,000 employees and it has received many accolades in recognition of its quality, safety, sustainability and environmental efforts.