Sheldon Lavin, Family Man and Global Food Industry Leader
To say OSI Group’s CEO and Chairman Sheldon Lavin is a family man would be an understatement. Lavin was married to his wife of 55 years, and had three children, who are all married now with children. Although Lavin is now in his 80’s and a successful business tycoon, he still feels people are the most important part of the business. Perhaps this explains the extremely low turnover rate, and the family-oriented culture at OSI Group, LLC. Learn More Here.
Although Sheldon Lavin came from an accounting and finance background, he has become a prominent entrepreneur in the food industry over the last 40 plus years. In 1970 he financed the small company in West Chicago called Otto & Sons, which would later become OSI Group, LLC. OSI Group is a global food provider for food service and food retailers all over the world. OSI has nearly 20,000 employees in 65 facilities operating in 17 countries. Lavin actually took control of the company in the 1980’s and during that time OSI Group expanded throughout North America, Europe, South America, China, Australia, Japan, India, South Africa, the Philippines, and Brazil.
As a result of OSI’s tremendous growth on the international scene, Lavin was presented the Global Visionary Award in 2016 by India’s Vision World Academy. In 2015 he was also presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his unsurpassed pledge to the Chicago Business Community by RSM US LLP. Lavin is a firm believer in giving back to the community, and does so through numerous charitable foundations such as Ronald McDonald House, Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Jewish United Fund, Evans Scholarship Fund, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, United Negro College Fund, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and many others.
In addition to being a father, grandfather and running a leading global company, Sheldon Lavin also serves as Trustee for Ronald McDonald House Charities, President and Director of The Sheba Foundation, and Board member for Rush University Medical Center and Goodman Theater. When asked, Lavin stated he was not yet interested in slowing down or retiring.