Sheldon Lavin’s world has clearly revolved around the OSI Group where he is currently serving as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and president of one of the company’s subsidiaries, the OSI International Foods Ltd. To honor his efforts, which have seen the company become a high profile global food processing company, the Visionary world Academy based in India presented him the Global Visionary Award in 2016. In 2015, RSM US LLP had appreciated his work with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his profound dedication to the company as well as the Chicago business community. The company itself has received a plethora of environmental and sustainability award.
Sheldon Lavin academic background is in accounting and finance which he took advantage of to get into meat processing. He to worked as the financial consultant of Otto and Sons, the predecessor company of the OSI Industries.
When Otto and Sons Company was looking to invest overseas, they sought Lavin’s expertise and the bonds so created so him become a partner of the company before he earned a full-time managerial position. Upon joining the company, Sheldon Lavin led the company to new milestones, expanding markets in North America, Europe and the Far East. Today, the OSI group has 60 operation bases in 16 countries, employing about 20,000 people in the process. The OSI Vista Processing food company, which he is in charge of, is seemingly doing well in supplying quality fruits, vegetables and meat to eight locations in India.
Sheldon Lavin has instilled a working culture, which makes every worker feel appreciated. He has also put it upon himself to improve the overall welfare of the employees making them feel heard and compensated for their services. Sheldon Lavin is also dedicated to inspiring the young generation of leaders to build companies that are responsible to growth of commerce and ultimately create more opportunities for employment. His passion for charity work is second to none, together with his wife; Lavin raised three children as a way of giving back to the community. He is as well involved in a number of charitable campaigns such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
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