The OSI Group Chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin always envisioned himself owning a business. With an academic background in accounting and finance, he began working as a financial consultant. In 1970 he was hired to help the OSI Group get the financing they needed to expand, build a meat processing facility and offer more services. By the early 1980s, he took over the company and had a vision of it becoming a top food processing company. Within a few years Lavin was able to lead the company to incredible growth. It now offers protein and vegetable products, baked goods and sauces.
Sheldon Lavin a continued to expand the OSI Group’s international reach. He has built over 75 facilities in almost 20 countries. Yet it operates like a family. Although Lavin is the final arbiter on budget, rules, responsibilities and strategy, he encourages workers at all levels of the organization to give input about the company’s direction. Sheldon Lavin was always an innovative thinker and running the OSI Group has enabled him to nurture and develop those natural entrepreneurial instincts with the help of his loyal, talented staff.
OSI Group Chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin credits the staff for helping the company to succeed. He has an open door policy, eats lunch with the staff and they call each other by their first names. Lavin is proud of his staff, genuinely interested in them and their families and is proud that there’s low staff turnovers and most workers remain with the OSI Group for a very long time.
Sheldon Lavin is also concerned about the less fortunate and generously donates to Ronald McDonald House Charities and an impressive number of other local and national charitable organizations. He loves giving back to communities where he does business.
Sheldon Lavin is now over 80 years old. His vision is that the company will continue to be a profitable, global food industry leader long after he retires. He feels the staff is talented enough to helped the company to make that vision a reality. He’s helped the OSI Group grow from a Chicago-area family meat market into a global food industry leader.