Sheldon Lavin Leads OSI Group from Humble Beginnings to a Global Leader in the Food Industry

Mr. Sheldon Lavin is a well-renowned figure in the food processing industry. Lavin is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of OSI Group, LLC. OSI group deals with meat and food processing. He is actively involved in the operations of OSI Foods International Limited where he sits as the President of the company.

Before joining the food industry, Mr. Sheldon Lavin worked in the finance and banking sector where he drew his expertise. In fact, he was operating his own financial consulting business. By the time he was joining OSI group, Lavin was fresh and had little knowledge in the food industry. Today, he is an expert in the food sector, and the success of OSI group under his leadership attest to his expertise.

Mr. Sheldon Lavin’s involvement in the meat processing industry began in 1970 when he was providing financial consultation to Otto & Sons Company owned by Kolschowsky. The company had its base in West Chicago, Illinois. It is this involvement with Otto & Sons that paved the way for Lavin to become an owner in the company which later became OSI group.

Otto & Sons wanted to seize the opportunity so supplying humbuggers to McDonald’s in the Midwest but lacked sufficient funds. Otto Kolschowsky and his sons had to seek for a financial solution. While helping Otto and his sons with the fiscal problems, the bank requested Mr. Laving to take the ownership the company. Initially, he declined and opted to remain a financial consultant for Otto and Sons Company rather than a business partner.

Five years later, the owners of Otto and Sons began to look for financial investments overseas, and Sheldon Lavin was significantly involved. Otto Kolschowsky retired leaving his two sons to run the business. This paved the way for Sheldon Lavin to become a partner with the duo. Consequently, Otto and Sons became OSI group.

From the onset, Mr. Lavin aimed to grow the business to become a world class food processing company. The company growth expands throughout Europe, Australia, North America, South Africa, the Philippines and Japan. OSI group has physical locations in 17 countries and more than 70 facilities. Sheldon Lavin still aims for further expansion of OSI group. It is this pursuit that has seen the company become the largest supplier of protein across the globe.

Philanthropy

Mr. Sheldon Lavin is also a philanthropist, an attribute seen through his contributions to various charities such as the Evans Scholarship Fund, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), United Negro College Fund, and Jewish United Fund.

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