Sheldon Lavin, CEO of the OSI Group, didn’t start out in the food processing industry. He was an investor and an executive in the banking industry. In the 1970s, Sheldon Lavin helped arrange financing for Otto and Sons, the company that would later be renamed OSI Group. At the time, Otto and Sons was in a partnership with the McDonald’s restaurant chain, supplying frozen beef patties for the hamburger giant. OSI remains the single greatest protein supplier to McDonald’s restaurants throughout the world.
Lavin served as a consultant for OSI Group until the late 1970s, when McDonald’s asked him to come on board full time. As he took fuller control of the company in the 1980s, the business expanded into South America and Taiwan. Expansion into other Asian countries and South Africa followed. Today, Lavin focuses on the European and Brazilian markets.
The Vision World Academy, based in India, awarded Lavin its Global Visionary Award in 2016. Global Visionary Awards honor individuals who succeed through perseverance and hard work. The award recognized Lavin’s success in turning the OSI Group from a domestically-focused organization into a billion dollar global organization. OSI-Vista Processed Foods, a company that provides meat, fruit, and vegetable processing to Indian companies, became part of the OSI Group in 1995.In 2013, Lavin served as Chairman of the Current Capital Campaign for the Ronald McDonald House charities. His other charitable work includes serving as President and Director of the Sheba Foundation (a family charitable organization), sitting on the board at Rush University Medical Center, and contributing to the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, the Jewish United Fund, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the United Negro College Fund.
Lavin has received several awards over the years for his contributions to non-profit organizations.Read More.