Sheldon Lavin is a Midwestern United States Executive who build a worldwide industry through vision and the capitalization of opportunity. Sheldon Lavin is the CEO and Chairman of OSI Group, LLC. He is also the President of OSI International Foods, Ltd. OSI Group started out as a local butcher shop in Chicago, called Otto & Sons, in the early 1900s. It was the sole supply of hamburger for McDonald’s in the 1950s. Otto & Sons grew to a regional concern and in 1970 He was instrumental in handling the financing that transformed Otto & Sons into OSI Group, LLC. Under Lavin’s leadership and vision, OSI Group has grown from a regional distributor of processed foods and meats to an international leader in the foods industry. Today OSI Group has over 60 locations in 60 different countries.
Sheldon Lavin is a great believer in teamwork and he gives great credit to his ability to form a team of experts to assist him when the company grew to such a size. He has embraced all of the technological changes, consumer preferences, market factors that influence the success of his company.
Lavin has completely changed the view and operations of the food processing industry. He specializes in the creation of complex supply chains in the interest of efficiency and very large scale operations. These traits have allowed OSI to be first in seeing market changes and the ability of the company to react to them.
Sheldon Lavin is a very intelligent businessman who has stressed a collaborative culture in his company which has enabled the growth of OSI due to the mix of ideas and processes. His activity in philanthropic and environmental efforts has cemented his reputation internationally as a good person with whom to work.
He has received numerous awards for his efforts and one of the more notable was the Global Visionary Award presented by the Vision World Academy in India. While honored by such awards, Lavin is much more excited about the growth of OSI from a regional company to an international powerhouse. Not only have thousands of jobs been created, but a very positive impact has been the result of many parts of the world.