Sheldon Lavin is Chairman and CEO of OSI Group, LLC, a global supplier of value-added food products. They offer custom food development and worldwide food supply chain management. The company operates throughout 17 countries, providing high quality food products.
Sheldon Lavin started his career in the meat and food industry over 43 years ago. He had initially worked as an executive in the banking industry. OSI Group is run like a large family, and everyone there has longevity with the company.
In 1970, Sheldon Lavin arranged some financing for Otto & Sons, the predecessor of one of OSI’s divisions. The company had the opportunity to become the Midwest meat supplier to McDonald’s, but needed financing. Lavin was asked to have an ownership interest in the company in order to get bank financing. By 1975, he was very involved with Otto & Sons, and started handling their overseas investments. He became a partner in the business.
In the late 1970’s, McDonald’s persuaded Lavin to join the business full-time as McDonald’s was expanding. By the early 1980’s Lavin had controlling interest of one-half of OSI Group (the current company name). The last partner retired and soon Lavin gained control of the whole company. The company expanded into the Philippines, China, Japan, India and South Africa. They already had a big presence in Europe and Brazil.
UK’s Flagship Europe, an OSI Group company earned the award for Best Global Diversified Food Supplier -UK. Sheldon Lavin received the Global Visionary Award from India’s World Vision Academy. It awards those who have turned their dreams into reality.
Currently, in his early 80s, Lavin is pursuing further growth for the company, with a focus on going deeper into Asia and Europe. The company is still the largest meat supplier to McDonald’s. They have 55 facilities supporting McDonalds around the world.
Sheldon Lavin is involved with many charities including the Ronald McDonald House, Inner City Foundation of Chicago, and others. He is a contributor to the Jewish United Fund and a number of other Jewish charities. He contributes to Evans Scholarship Fund, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, the United Negro College Fund and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Lavin was married to his wife of 55 years, before her passing. Together they raised three children, who all have their own families.