The Booming Inspiration of Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin has boosted the OSI Group from a small family-owned business to a global enterprise during his more than four decades with the worldwide supplier of food products.

Making the most of his background in finance and accounting, Lavin became involved with the family owned company, known at the time as Otto & Sons, when it was looking to expand its business. Lavin ran his own financial consulting business before joining the company which later changed its name to the OSI Group.

Lavin attended the University of Illinois and Northwestern University where he majored in finance and accounting. He graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

The OSI Group provides a variety of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and more in the private label, restaurant, industrial, retail and food service areas. Under his leadership, the company has grown to supply worldwide food products in 17 countries with more than 60 facilities and revenues of more than $6 billion.

Lavin has attained more than a few awards in his position as the leader of the OSI Group. For example, he was honored for his superior loyalty to businesses in Chicago with the Lifetime Achievement Award from RSM US LLP.

As a mark of respect, Lavin was praised for his work with the OSI Group and for his charitable work as well.

For more than two decades, Lavin has supported Ronald McDonald House Charities and is a trustee and chairman of its capital campaign. He is also president and director of a family charitable foundation called The Sheba Foundation.

His philanthropic activities also include the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago and more. He is a board member of Rush University Medical Center and the Goodman Theatre.

Lavin also received the Global Visionary Award, which acknowledges outstanding individual contributions to humanity, from India’s Vision World Academy.

And the North American Meat Institute honored Lavin with the Edward C. Jones Community Service Award for his active participation in charitable organizations both in the Chicago area and on a worldwide basis.

OSI Food Solutions UK received the 2016 Globe of Honor Award from the British Safety Council for its excellent management of environmental risks.

About Sheldon Lavin: www.rmhc.org/board-of-trustees