Sheldon Lavin is the 86 year old visionary who has built American food processing company the OSI Group into a global juggernaut. A former banker, investor and owner of Sheldon Lavin and Associates, a Chicago based financial consulting firm, Lavin took control of the OSI Group in the early 1980s. At that point the company provided ground beef patties for McDonald’s franchises nationwide and prime cuts of meats for restaurants, supermarkets and private brands in the Midwestern United States. Lavin immediately set the company on a course of aggressive global expansion.
Thanks to Sheldon Lavin’s vision and meticulous planning, the OSI Group now has customers in over 80 countries around the world. The company also has in excess of 70 production facilities in a dozen and a half countries. Under Lavin’s guidance the OSI Group has build 10 poultry processing facilities in China, making it the biggest producer of poultry products in the country. The company also has food processing facilities in the Philippines, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and throughout the United States. They are now America’s 58th largest privately owned company.
The solid educational background of Sheldon Lavin helped to prepare him for the tasks he has had to handle as CEO and chairman of this large and growing company with over 20,000 employees. Lavin has degrees in finance and accounting from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. He also has a business degree from Roosevelt University. Add the 15 years experience Lavin had running his financial consulting firm and it is easy to see where he gained the business acumen to build the OSI Group into a world leader in the processing and production of food products.
Along with running a multibillion dollar business enterprise, Sheldon Lavin is also the Rush University Medical Center general trustee. He has also served as a National Fish & Wildlife Foundation director. Married for over 5 decades, Lavin is a beloved father and grandfather. He’s also a committed philanthropist who has spent 25 years supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities and is their capital campaign’s trustee and chairman. Lavin is the director and president of the family charitable organization The Sheba Foundation and gives generously to countless other charities.
Sheldon Lavin says his proudest achievement is maintaining a family atmosphere at the OSI Group as it expands globally. In 2016, the Vision World Academy gave him their Global Visionary award.