Sheldon Lavin was born in 1932. He attended the University of Illinois as well as Northern University for accounting and finance. He also studied business in Roosevelt University and received a Bachelor of Science degree. For over a decade, Mr. Sheldon had his consulting firm which was based in Chicago. The firm was Sheldon Lavin and Associates, Inc.
At 48 years, Sheldon became associated with another firm known as Otto & Sons, Inc. The firm was the predecessor of OSI Industries. He later was appointed as the chairman as well as Chief executive officer of OSI Group. Long before joining Otto & Sons, Sheldon Lavin worked as an investment manager and a banker.
He became instrumental in arranging Otto & Sons company’s financing for aggressive expansion. By the time the management was proposing Lavin for the role of CEO, they were certain they needed a trusted partner since it was clear the company was headed for global expansion.
OSI group is located in Illinois, but it supplies assorted meat, vegetables, and pastry products in over 15 countries. Lavin is the mind behind OSI’s growth and innovation experienced in Europe and India. Sheldon Lavin’s exemplary leadership abilities led to his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group. The global growth of the organization is attributed to Lavin’s diligent work. Innovation and application of recent technology in food processing has become a niche associated with OSI Company.
He has all along emphasized on adopting strategies and technologies for efficiency in the food production. The strategies have facilitated sustainable and environmentally friendly activities throughout the production process.
Sheldon Lavin has led the company to receive numerous awards related to sustainability. He has appreciated the awards, terming them as the most epic moments in his career. Under the leadership of Mr. Lavin, OSI Group has grown from a butcher shop based in Chicago to a renowned food processing company across the globe. At one point, one of the partners retired leaving Lavin with half controlling interests of the company. A few years later, the other partner retired and he was left with total voting control. He could, at that point, have reverted to his career -finance, but he was confident that he had what OSI needed for the next level.
Lavin has, during his time in the leadership position, taken OSI to the level of being a multi-billion business in the food industry. According to Forbes, OSI is the 58th largest private company globally. The company has a net worth of 6.1 billion.
Sheldon Lavin is involved in a number of institutions for charity work. Other than supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities, he is a trustee and chairman for its major campaign.