Sheldon Lavin is currently one of the most popular entrepreneurs in food industry globally. Lavin is serving as the CEO and Chairman of OSI Group llc: a world class food processing organization. He has been in the global business world for more than 45 years. Before joining the food processing business, Sheldon Lavin had a successful career in the banking industry as an investor. It’s during this period that he established his financial consulting company; Sheldon Lavin and Associates, Inc. in Chicago.
He became part of OSI Group, the then known as Otto & Sons, in 1970. Lavin has since expanded the company into a global multibillion dollar food processing business. OSI Group has grown widely and continues to provide quality meat, fish, poultry, and vegetable among other special products globally.
OSI Group grows locally and internationally
Under his strategic leadership, the group has made significant expansions both in domestic and international markets. In 2016 alone, OSI Group made 3 strategic acquisitions in Chicago and Europe. In expanding the firm’s local processing base and market share, Sheldon and McDonald purchased Tyson Foods: an investment reported to worth $7.4 million. The group also purchased a controlling stake of Baho Foods, a Dutch based food processing plant serving about 18 countries in Europe. The deal has been cited to complement the group’s current processing power and broaden its presence in the continent.
OSI Group didn’t stop there. The company went further and acquired Flagship Europe. The symbiotic deal would see Lavin and his company take over production of frozen condiments, poultry and pies from Flagship. The later would in turn receive support in its future expansions from OSI.
Sheldon and OSI Group receives global awards
The tireless effort by Lavin towards the success of OSI Group has not gone unnoticed. The CEO received the Global Visionary Award in 2016 for turning the company’s dreams into a reality. The Group has also received several prestigious awards on safety, health and environmental management.
Mr. Sheldon Lavin was born in 1932. He attended Northwestern University and the University of Illinois pursuing accounting and finance. Lavin earned his BSc degree in Business from Roosevelt University. He began his career in the banking sector before shifting to food industry.
He has since served in various top management roles in the course of his career. A part from being the CEO and Chairman of OSI Group LLC, Sheldon leads OSI International Foods LLC and OSI International, Inc. among many others. He is a passionate philanthropist and continues to show great focus for his company.