OSI Group chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin is a very successful and experienced business executive. After earning degrees in finance and accounting from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois as well as a business degree from Chicago’s Roosevelt University, Lavin went on to have a lucrative career in banking. He also became an active investor and spent 15 years running Sheldon Lavin and Associates, a Chicago based financial consulting firm. It was there he became associated with the food services company Otto & Sons, which would later change its name to the OSI Group.
The company had turned to Lavin for help to purchase new equipment and getting a larger facility in West Chicago. Sheldon Lavin not only provided the financing, he also became a shareholder in the company. When the owners of Otto & Sons retired in the late 1970s, Lavin purchased a controlling interest in the company, changed its name to the OSI Group and began to systematically transform it into an international food processing and distribution company. The company now has a loyal customer base in 85 countries and more than 70 production facilities located in almost 20 countries around the world.
One of the things Lavin has always stressed is the use of safe production methods that ensured responsible environmental management. This has led the company to be awarded the Globe of Honor by the British Safety Council three times and win a number of other awards for effective environmental stewardship. Lavin also encouraged innovation in the company’s food development. That has enabled the OSI Group to create tasty foods specifically designed to meet the needs of people from many different cultures. This has played a major role in the success of the company’s global expand efforts.
Over the past 40 years, Sheldon Lavin has been able to make his vision for the OSI Group as a major force in the international food services industry a reality. In 2016 the Vision World Academy recognized the success Sheldon Lavin has enjoyed by giving him the Global Visionary award. It was a fitting tribute to a man who has been successful in taking a Chicago area butcher shop and neighborhood meat market and transforming it in a company with branches in Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Japan, India and Mexico and all across Europe by purchasing companies like Baho Foods and Flagship Europe and building state-of-the-art facilities.
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