Sheldon Lavin: Global Visionary and Community Investor with Chicago Roots

CEO OSI Industries

Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Industries in 1970 when the company was the primary supplier of hamburger patties to McDonald’s. Lavin envisioned the company expanding into markets other than fast food and could see the value of exploring global markets. In a 2017 interview Mr. Lavin shared his dream “from the first day on the job, I envisioned and aimed to grow the company to be world-class food processing empire.” As Chairman/CEO, Mr. Lavin brought the company’s products to restaurants, private label, and food service distributors. In 2016 he led the effort to acquire Baho Food, a Dutch food distributor. Its acquisition enabled OSI Industries to serve markets throughout Europe. Under his leadership, OSI Industries grew from a Chicago-based company to one that has 65 facilities in 17 countries.

Global Visionary

In 2016 Sheldon Lavin was awarded a Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy. The Vision World Academy honors outstanding individuals who have achieved their vision to provide examples and learning opportunities for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Reflecting on the award, Lavin said “The people who work with us and the quality of our products will always come first. That’s why we’re considered number one by the best leaders in the business.”

Chicago Roots

An award from an organization in India is a long way from Mr. Lavin’s beginnings in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Lavin has a BS from Roosevelt University along with finance and accounting credits earned while attending University of Illinois and Northwestern University. Before OSI Industries, he managed his own Chicago-based financial consulting firm, Sheldon Lavin and Associates for 15 years.

Community Investor

Sheldon Lavin re-invests his wealth in community organizations that improve the quality of life for all. For years he has supported the Ronald McDonald House Charities through financial contributions and applying his business acumen while serving on Board of Directors. In 1994 Mr. Lavin and his family founded the Sheba Foundation, a family charitable foundation. Through the foundation Mr. Lavin supports additional Chicago and national charities. Charities awarded grants from the Sheba Foundation include Goodman Theater, Rush University Medical Center, Voices for Illinois Children as well as the Cleveland Clinic and the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

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