Sheldon Lavin currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, a leading food processing company. Lavin once worked as a director of National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. He holds a degree a Finance and Accounting degree. Sheldon Lavin has received a vast array of awards for his business activities. For example, he won the Global Visionary Award from India’s Vision Award Academy.
Moreover, Sheldon Lavin is an active philanthropist and has donated to some organizations such as to the Inner City Foundation, Evans Scholarship Fund, Jewish United Fund, Ronald House Charities and National Multiple Sclerosis Society among others. With his knowledge in accounting and finance, Sheldon always hoped to own a business of his own.
In the late 1970s, he helped Otto & Sons with financial consultation when the sons started looking for investments overseas. He later decided to partner with the sons when Otto Kolschowsky retired. In 1975, the name was changed to OSI Group. With one of the sons retiring and the other selling his interest, Sheldon Lavin became the full owner. The company has currently extended to having over 65 branches working in 17 countries.
Also, Sheldon is the President of OSI International Foods Ltd. In addition, he is a trustee of Rush Medical Center. Sheldon brought OSI Group to international recognition delivering food products to food services and retail brands globally. Lavin has seen OSI Group receive many awards. He hopes to inspire next corporate leaders to be passionate about their businesses and work towards growing their companies globally and providing employment opportunities.
Under Sheldon’s leadership, OSI Group has experienced tremendous improvements in the food industry. For example in 2002, Lavin saw the company through an acquisition in China in the fresh market produce, in 2006, OSI got an interest in a poultry company in the USA. Also, Sheldon expanded its business to Japan, and in 2015 it expanded to Canada and India. In 2016, Lavin had the company purchase a 200,000 square foot Tyson production plant.
Sheldon Lavin stated that OSI Group is expanding because they work as a family where everyone’s idea is considered significant. He hopes to have profitable growth for OSI Group and to have a strong foundation in the global market. He appreciates his talented employees because he believes in implementing innovative ideas. Sheldon Lavin is passionate about having OSI Group increase their sales and taking it to the next level.