Sheldon Lavin has a degree in Accounting and Finance. This degree enabled him to have a career in investment. He also owned his own finance consulting company. His finance consulting company lead him into the meat industry over 43 years ago, when he consulted with a company called Otto & Sons. Otto & Sons eventually became OSI Industries, that Sheldon became part owner of.
1970 is when he got involved with Otto & Sons, in 1995 is when it became OSI Group. In 1975 Sheldon started to expand overseas. OSI now reaches 17 countries and is considered an entrepreneurial company.
Sheldon states that the vision of the company, that will continue when he retires, is to remain a global company with profitable growth. Sheldon holds several positions in companies and charities alike. Some of his accomplishments consist of Chairman and CEO of OSI, President of OSI International Foods LTD, General trustee of Rush University Medical Center and Director of National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
He is also the Director at the Northeast Bank, President and Director of the Sheba Foundation. He holds a chairman’s position at the Drexel National Bank of Chicago. Sheldon contributes to numerous charities. Such charities consist of, but not limited to: Jewish United Fund, Evans Scholarship Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Over the years, Sheldon Lavin received several awards not only for h is business ventures, but for his non-profit activities as well. In 2013 OSI received the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour Award. The company also won this award in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, Sheldon received the lifetime achievement award. This Award was to honor his commitment and service to the Chicago business Community. The Global Visionary award is to honor visionaries in various fields. By demonstrating his persistence and perseverance, Sheldon won this award in 2016. In 2016 OSI Group won the Environmental Award.
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