Sheldon Lavin is popularly known for being the CEO of OSI group, a meat and food processing company. The 81-year old business mogul began his career with a degree in Finance and Accounting. His business journey began in 1970 as a financial consultant to Otto & Sons (now OSI Group), the Kolschowsky family business in West Chicago. He later left his accounting firm to join the company as a full staff.
His immeasurable contribution to the growth of the company made him a shareholder first and then full owner now. He took over as the CEO of the group in 1995 and gradually turned it into a multinational mega million company. He focused on expansion and acquisition.
Right now, OSI group has over 20,000 employees with offices in 17 different countries including India and the company is still growing. Sheldon Lavin won several awards for his success in the management of OSI Group. Some of the most prestigious ones are:
• Global Visionary Award
• Lifetime Achievement Award from RSM US LLP
The Global Visionary award is meant to honor distinguished visionaries in different fields who achieved excellence by showing a high level of persistence and perseverance until they were able to accomplish their individual corporate goals.
Sheldon Lavin received the award on February 20, 2016 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India. He received it for his inestimable contribution to the growth of OSI Group. Long before then, he received Lifetime Achievement Award from RSM US LLP on October 26, 2015 in Aurora, Illinois United States.
This annual award is meant to give recognition to Chicago-area business leaders who have distinguished themselves with series of achievements and also lived up to their civic responsibilities. He received it for his outstanding commitment to the Chicago business community.
While he received personal awards, over the years, OSI Group also received several corporate awards under his watch as the CEO. OSI Food solutions UK, a subsidiary of OSI Group, was awarded the 2016 Globe of Honor by the British Safety Council because of its effective strategies for managing environment risks. The Group also received an environmental award on November 25, 2016.
Mr. Sheldon Lavin is an active philanthropist who regularly makes huge donations. Over the years, he has contributed to several charity organizations like National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Inner city Foundation and United Negro College Fund just to mention a few. He received some awards for his contribution to humanity too.
Sheldon Lavin has a wife, three children and several grandchildren.