Every successful person in any industry today will tell you that success doesn’t come easy. This has been the same for Sheldon Lavin’s career in the meat industry. More than 43 years ago, Sheldon entered the industry as an outsider. At that time, he had been working as a successful executive and investor in the banking industry. He had founded his financial consulting firm.
After joining OSI Group, LLC, Lavin became its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Since then, the company was transformed from being a small burger supplier into the worldwide food products supplier it is today. His company now supplies food products to various retail and food service brands worldwide. OSI Group LLC includes OSI International Foods LLC, OSI Industries, LLC, and OSI International, Inc (the leading holding corporation for the OSI international investments).
With nearly 20,000 workers globally, Sheldon is proud of his employees as well as the corporate culture (unique and family-oriented) that has enabled him to filter most ranks of the company, hence reducing the expenses of running the business.
The OSI group expanded throughout Europe and North America in the 1970s, and then later in the 1980s, they expanded to Taiwan and South America. Expansions to China, Philippines, Japan, Australia, India, and South Africa followed still under Sheldon’s leadership.
Lavin is philanthropic too. He is an active contributor to many charities including Chicago’s Inner City Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Evans Scholarship Fund, Jewish United Fund, and United Negro College Fund, among other local and national charities.
Some other positions Lavin has held include the Rush University Medical Center board member, Director and President of the Sheba Foundation, among other prizes.
Lavin was married to his wife for 55 years and they raised three kids who are all married with children. He also considers OSI employees to be part of his extended family.