When people see the explosive international growth of American food processing company the OSI Group, they think it must be led by a win-at-all-costs boss who is focused only on the bottom line. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of the OSI Group, is a warm, loving, caring human being who is committed to excellent environmental stewardship and food and worker safety and whose proudest achievement is the family atmosphere and the generous benefits package he has created at the company. However, he is also a visionary with a passion for innovation.
Building a company into a global leader in the food production industry is a complex task. It requires a deep understanding of business and finance and the ability to work with a variety of foreign governments and a wide array of local suppliers while meeting the dietary preferences of millions of people from diverse cultures. Sheldon Lavin is the perfect person for the job. A affable husband, father and grandfather, Lavin has degrees in business, accounting and finance, a background in banking and several decades of management experience. Plus, he loves people and enjoys making them happy.
When he is not busy leading his global food processing juggernaut, Sheldon Lavin serves as the director of the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Foundation, is a Rush University Medical Center general trustee and a committed philanthropist. Sheldon Lavin has spent decades working with the Ronald McDonald House Charities, the United Negro College Fund, the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, the Sheba Foundation family charity and a host of other charitable and philanthropic causes and organizations. The now 86 year old Lavin seems to derive joy from improving the quality of life of others.
That attitude has gained not only the undying love and support of his family, friends and employees, it has garnered him countless awards and accolades. His company has won the Globe of Honor given for excellence in environmental management by the British safety Council thrice, Lavin has numerous awards for his ‘green’ business practices and in 2016, the Vision World Academy choose Sheldon Lavin for Global Visionary award. His has been a career marked by one success after another and Lavin is always willing to share his joy and his largess with the people around him. Many people have said that Sheldon Lavin is the ideal role model for modern business leaders.