Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of international food processing juggernaut the OSI Group. He has been involved with the company since 1970. Initially the accounting and financial services company he owned got the OSI Group funding they needed to get new equipment and new facilities. Sheldon Lavin, then an experienced investor, began buying shares in the company. Drawing on the connections he made when he worked as a banker, Lavin went on to purchase the company in the 1980s. He then put together an innovative expansion plan that has resulted in the OSI Group having food processing facilities in 17 countries.
Under Sheldon Lavin’s visionary leadership, the OSI Group has used smart growth to make the company successful globally. He implemented a series of worker safety and environmentally sustainable policies and practices that has resulted in the company earning numerous awards for safety and environmental sustainability. The company has won 11 International Food Safety awards and the British Safety Council also gave the OSI Group the Globe of Honor Award for exceptional management of environmental risks in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The company also received the California Green Business Certificate in 2016 for conserving resources and preventing pollution in their facilities and operations.
The Vision World Academy in India gave Sheldon Lavin their Global Visionary Award in 2016. The award recognizes and honors visionary people that demonstrate continuous perseverance and achieve their goals. Just as important to Lavin, the over 20,000 employee of the OSI Group and their loved ones benefit from the programs he put in place. Plus, Sheldon Lavin maintains an open door policy and invites employees on every level of the company to come directly to him if they have ideas, questions and concerns. He also regularly shares meals with rank and file staff and encourages everyone to simply call him Sheldon.
Sheldon Lavin is now over 80 years old. He’s a husband, father and grandfather and worked hard to maintained the family atmosphere Otto Kolschowsky established when he founded the company as a Oak Park, Illinois-based family meat market in 1909. Even at his advanced age, Lavin is still involved with the daily activities of the OSI group. Plus, he is also the Rush University Medical Center’s general trustee and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation director. A generous philanthropist, Sheldon Lavin supports a wide range of charitable causes and organizations all over the world.