Sheldon Lavin began his career in the meat sector more than 43 years ago. Before his career in the food production industry, Sheldon had a successful career in the banking and finance sector. Mr. Sheldon was not only enjoying his career in the banking industry but he also had his financial consulting firm which was also a success. Lavin is a positive leader and a go-getter who takes advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. Currently, the banker and the investor is the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group which is an ancient meat production company. Since he took over the management of the firm, OSI has become an international food supplier.
Sheldon Lavin began his journey into the food industry when he took part in arranging financial dealing s for Otto& Sons which is an affiliate of OSI Group. In 1970, the Otto& Sons firm had an opportunity of becoming a meat supplier of McDonald’s but needed funding that is where Lavin came in with his financial and banking experience to assist the organization. The bank would alter request Lavin to have an ownership position in Otto& Sons which he refused because it was not his line of business. Nevertheless, Mr. Sheldon agreed to act as a consultant of the group. After a few years, Mr. Lavin began to be more involved in Otto& Son’s business as the organization was now expanding their portfolio to other locations of the world. In the late 1970’s the McDonald’s requested Sheldon Lavin to join the food processing business which he agreed and he became fully involved in the business.
After his High School graduation; Lavin attended the University of Illinois, and Northwestern University where he studied accounts and finance, Lavin alter received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Sheldon Lavin has been operating his financial consultant firm for over 15 years with its location in Downtown Chicago. During his tenure as the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group; Lavin has been recognized on several occasions. Lavin has also served on various boards including; being a trustee for MacDonald House Charities, Board member for Goodman Theater, Rush University Medical Centre as a Board member, the President and Director of Sheba Foundation, among many others. At the age of 83, Lavin still has the dreams and the motivation to expand OSI Group to be more than its current status. Lavin is also an active philanthropist who supports various charity activities in the community.