Sheldon Lavin is the owner, chairman, and chief executive officer of Chicago’s OSI Group, LLC, and the president OSI International Foods, LTD. The company he leads was formed in 1909 and before he took over in the middle of the 1970s its business revolved around supplying beef to McDonald’s Corporation. He saw the potential for the company to be much bigger than that and had the vision to make it happen.
Today, OSI Group is an international company that supplies many different types of proteins, vegetables, sauces, and other types of food to a wide variety of restaurants. They also manufacture many foods that grocery stores sell as their own brands. Sheldon Lavin first expanded his company by adding on additional restaurants across the United States beyond just McDonalds. He then expanded by getting customers across North America, then South America. In the 1980’s he expanded into Europe and in the 1990’s he concentrated on his company’s share of the Asian food industry. It now also has operations in South Africa as well.
Due to Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group now employs almost 20,000 people globally. Due to the corporate culture he has fostered at his company many employees stay their entire career at his company. His company is family-like in how it treats its employees which he says is best for both his employees and his company as both benefit from the relationship.
Due to his business success Sheldon Lavin was honored in March 2016 by India’s Vision World Academy. They presented him with their Global Vision Award due to the persistence and perseverance that has characterized his leadership of OSI Group. He is just the fifth winner of this award. OSI Group and Sheldon Lavin are well-known to those in the Indian food industry as he has eight locations in this nation including business offices and food processing facilities.
As a philanthropist, Sheldon Lavin has donated a lot of money over the years. He also donates his time, such as to the Ronald McDonald House Charities for which he serves as the chairman of the board. Other nonprofits he continues to support at the United Negro College Fund, the Jewish United Fund, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Inner City Foundation of Chicago among many others. At age 81, Sheldon Lavin is a widower who has three children and several grandchildren plus what he considers his extended family at OSI Group.