Sheldon Lavin is the chairman, president and CEO of the global food processing and distribution giant the OSI Group. Lavin first started working with the company in the 1970s. Then called Otto & Sons, the Chicago area company was seeking financing to build a facility which would allow them to become the Midwest supplier of meat for the growing McDonald’s franchise. Lavin’s financial services and consulting company was able to help Otto & Sons get the financing they needed. The bank wanted Sheldon Lavin to become a partner in Otto & Sons. He declined then, but later became one of the owners of the company.
The educational background of Sheldon Lavin is in accounting, banking and finance. But over the past 40 plus years he has spent with the OSI Group, he has proven to have a great understanding of the international food services industry. Lavin has put policies and procedures in place that have helped the OSI Group to grow into a major player in the global commercial food distribution industry. Under Lavin’s leadership the OSI Group has expanded into Australia, China, India, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa. He has also been given numerous awards and accolades for his work.
One of the prestigious awards Sheldon Lavin won was the 2016 Global Visionary Award given by Vision World Academy in India. The award honors people that have turned their major visions into reality. Lavin was chosen because he demonstrated persistence and perseverance in attaining his business goals. After enjoying success in the financial services industry, Sheldon Lavin transformed the domestic food company into a global food processor with over 65 facilities located in 17 countries that generates billions of dollars annually in revenue.
Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin the OSI Group has been able to provide culturally sensitive food to markets all over the world. The company was also awarded the Globe of Honor by the British Safety Council in 2013, 2015 and 2016 for environmental management. The OSI Group’s policies earned five stars, the council’s highest rating. Lavin has also led the company to expand their presence in Europe. The company recently acquired Flagship Europe and Baho Food, a Dutch food manufacturer.
The OSI Group is now one of the largest food supply companies in the United States. A father of three, the 81-year-old Sheldon Lavin considers the company’s 20,000 employees part of his extended family.
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