Sheldon Lavin is a very successful and experienced financial services professional. He is also the CEO and chairman of the internationally known food processing company the OSI Group. Lavin has degrees in finance and accounting from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. He also graduated from Roosevelt University with a degree in science. After spending several years in the banking industry, Lavin started Sheldon Lavin and Associates, a financial consulting firm. In the 1980s, he took control of the OSI Group and began marketing its products globally.
Along with his business commitments, Lavin is also actively involved in charity and philanthropy. He has made significant and consistent donations to Ronald McDonalds House, Feeding America, Jewish United Funds, the United Negro College Fund, the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago and a host of other organizations. Sheldon Lavin also worked with the Fish & Wildlife Foundation for many years and even served as the organization’s director. He is also general trustee of the Rush University Medical Center. It is all part of Lavin’s desire to help his community.
Since taking over the OSI Group about 40 years ago, Sheldon Lavin has led the company through a period of consistent growth. The OSI Group now has 70 facilities for processing food in 17 countries on 5 continents. The company also has long-term customers in 85 countries around the world. Plus, under Lavin’s leadership the company has won dozens of awards for effective environmental management, worker safety and excellence in food production. In addition to being a three-time winner of the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honor, the World Vision Academy of India named Sheldon Lavin their Global Visionary for 2016.
Now an 86 year old husband, father and grandfather, Sheldon Lavin is still actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the OSI Group. A much beloved chief executive officer, Lavin has worked to maintain a family atmosphere among the company’s over 20,000 employees. He encourages the staff to call him by his first name, regularly shares meals with people on every level of the company and has an open-door policy so employees can share their ideas, concerns and meaningful information with him.
Sheldon Lavin says the thing he feels best about is the comprehensive benefits program he established for workers at the company. The program not only covers members of the company’s staff, but their loved ones and extended family as well.