The OSI Group is a worldwide leader in protein-based food distribution, with more than 70 facilities in 17 countries. Despite the organization’s multi-levels of holding companies and international divisions, the OSI Group is known as a family-oriented operation that values its employees and creates an informal atmosphere where executives are referred to by diminutive versions of their first names.
Sheldon “Shelly” Lavin is the Chairman and CEO of OSI Group and is responsible for many of the business’ successes. Lavin began his career at the company more than 4 decades ago when the OSI Group was known primarily for its reputation as a supplier for McDonald’s burger patties.
Prior to joining the firm, Lavin’s skills were used to secure financing for OSI in the mid 1970’s when the business was looking to expand its operations supplying hamburgers to McDonald’s in the mid-west markets.
When he joined the organization, Lavin came from a background in banking, investing as well as an entrepreneur who created and ran his own consulting firm in the financial industry. During the 1980’s, Lavin drove OSI’s expansion into overseas markets including China, the Philippines, Japan, South Africa, Australia and India. This was the beginning of fulfilling his vision of growing the OSI Group into a world-class food-processing enterprise.
His efforts have received recognition world-wide. Recently, he was the recipient of the Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy and the Lifetime Achievement Award by RSM US, LLP. The awards recognize Lavin’s achievements in job growth around the globe and his unrivaled commitment to service and the Chicago business community.
When discussing his recent accomplishments within the firm, Lavin offers that the company’s responsible business practices have resulted in their receiving numerous environment and sustainability awards under his management. Most recently, the OSI Group was the 2016 recipient of the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honor for its management’s exemplary environmental consciousness.
Sheldon Lavin is also involved in several causes including serving as the chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Evans Scholarship Fund, the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago and many other charities as well.