Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman and CEO of OSI Group, LLC., and serves as the President of OSI International Food Ltd. He also is a Trustee for Ronald Donald House Charities, Board member of the Goodman Theatre, Life Trustee of the Rush University Medical Center and the President and Director of The Sheba Foundation, which is a family charitable foundation. The OSI Group is a privately, American owned, holding company of meat processors.
Lavin, with an on the job education, worked his way up to become a banking executive. He enjoyed a successful career with his consulting firm.
He was introduced to Arthur Kolschowsky and Harry Kolschowsky, the sons of Otto Kolschowsky, who owned a family meat market “Otto & Sons”, in Oak Park, Ill, because of his expertise in financing and investing. Otto formed a relationship with Rae Koc and had become one of McDonald’s top suppliers of meat. Otto & Sons wanted to expand their business and were seeking foreign investments.
In the late 1970s, Oto & Sons changed its name to the OSI Group and continued to grow with McDonald’s. Lavin Joined the OSI Group, Ltd, full-time. In the early 1980s, Lavin partnered with Oto’s sons and now owns 100% voting control of OSI after his partners sold their interests and retired.
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On November 25, 2016, Lavin received from India’s Vision World Academy, the Global Visionary Award which recognizes individuals that overcome significant odds through perseverance and persistence, acknowledging Lavins’ global business accomplishments.
OSI’s Kelly Grimwood, Environmental Manager Europe was honored with the Globe of Honor for his leadership in inspiring people towards excellence. OSI had received the Globe of Honour in 2015 and 2016.
Sheldon Lavin is well into his 80’s and is still pursuing business relations with Asia and Europe. OSI is the largest protein supplier in the world thanks to the McDonald’s enterprise. He is a philanthropist and has contributed to many charities such as, but not limited to, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Inner City Foundation of Chicago.
His wife passed away in 2009, and they have raised three children. OSI Group employees approximately 20,000 employees globally.