Sheldon Lavin is a husband, father, award-winning business executive and philanthropist. He is internationally known as chairman and CEO of the food processing giant the OSI Group. He has been involved with the company for almost 5 decades. During that time he has provided the vision and leadership that has helped the company to grow from being a domestic company that supplied meat for McDonald’s and local Chicago area supermarkets and restaurants to become a global juggernaut. Today, the OSI Group has food processing facilities in almost 20 countries and customers worldwide.
Banking and finance is Sheldon Lavin’s background. But he has also proven to be a visionary leader that understand how to grow a company responsibly. While his company continues to expand internationally, he has designed environmentally sustainable business practices that reflect a respect for the environment and the safety of his employees. This has earned him numerous awards including the India Vision World Academy’s prestigious Global Visionary Award in 2016. To many young executives, Sheldon Lavin is the type of executive they strive to become.
While Lavin is honored and humbled by the many awards he has won, what is most important to him is making such his employees are well taken care of when it comes to benefits and bonuses. Plus, he prides himself on being willing to listen to the questions, concerns and ideas of any member of the staff. Everyone has an open invitation to have lunch with Lavin. The husband and father of three sees the company’s 20,000 workers as part of his extended family. Lavin also gives generously to charitable causes in the communities in which his company does business.
It was in the 1970s that Sheldon Lavin became involved with the OSI Group. His financial services company provided them with the funds they needed to purchase equipment to create a high-volume meat plant in West Chicago. He began investing in the company and purchased it in the 1980s. Lavin also served as director of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation as well as a general trustee with Rush University Medical Center. Even at his advanced age, Sheldon Lavin is still intimately involved in the day to day operations of the OSI Group and shows no sign of slowing down.
Sheldon Lavin has had a great career as an executive and has helped to make the OSI Group a leader in their industry.