Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of a Chicago meat processing and food distribution network known as OSI Group. He has put in a lot of work to make that company a globally recognized corporation and he’s won several awards throughout the years in recognition of his accomplishments. One recent award was the Global Visionary Award, an Indian award given to businessmen who have accomplished much in their career, and in Lavin’s case he took the longtime McDonalds partner from a regular domestic company and turned it into a billion-dollar enterprise.
OSI Group became the international powerhouse in the 1980s, but prior to that it was simply a butcher shop that Otto Kolschowsky started in 1909. The shop remained in the Kolschowsky family throughout the coming decades and became a key supplier to McDonalds restaurants in the 1950s and made its name Otto & Sons. Several years later, Sheldon Lavin came aboard the executive committee. Lavin actually spent the first half of his professional career in investment banking and working with fortune 500 clients. After that he retired to run his own consulting firm, but then Otto & Sons asked him to come on as an advisor. He was made CEO after the Kolschowsky sons retired and had the company name changed to OSI Group.
Even though Lavin is an executive in a billion-dollar company, one of his habits is keeping OSI Group a family-oriented business. Lavin has valued all of his employees and their input and has strived to keep an atmosphere that’s friendly. OSI Group has had many people start out there and stay for the long run as a result. Lavin has led OSI Group to buyout many companies, yet in doing so he has sought to retain all employees and work with the current staff and executives of those companies. Lavin is also a philanthropist who contributes to local Chicago humanitarian efforts, is part of the Jewish United Fund, and is Chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities.