While Sheldon Lavin was completing his accounting and finance studies at Roosevelt University, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois, entrepreneurship became an attraction. After earning a bachelor’s degree, he started a financial consulting firm in Chicago, IL and earned the trust of the owners of Otto & Sons. Otto Kolchowsky, the founder and his two sons hired Mr. Lavin as their private financial consultant to help with expanding the business into an international and first class food processing company.
Sheldon Lavin arranged the financing of a meat processing facility in the west side of the Windy City in 1973 after joining Otto & Sons in 1970. Following the launching of the west side plant, Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI Industries and opened processing plants in North America, Germany, and Spain, between 1977 and the 1980s. With additional international partnerships in Asia-Pacific, Beijing, Philippines, Shanghai, and Europe, Sheldon established a holding company, OSI Group. It is the parent of OSI Industries, OSI International Inc, and US International Foods. OSI Industry is the holding company of all global investments.
The 49 years Sheldon Lavin remains faithful to building up OSI into a gigantic collaboration of partnerships is an impressive career. His colleagues and the meat processing industry recognizes him as a dedicated and friendly leader. This is evident when Sheldon took David McDonald under his wings in the 1980s working as an intern for OSI Industries after graduating from college. Today, Mr. McDonald looks up to and works beside him as President and Chief Operating Officer. He started as a project manager and worked his way up to where he is at OSI Group.
Sheldon Lavin is the CEO and Chairman of OSI Group and all its subsidiaries in North America, Europe, Asia, and other international companies. He and Mr. McDonald oversee daily operations of the parent company and its subsidiaries. His impressive expertise in the meat processing and financial industries is behind the success of him as an entrepreneur, guru businessman, and leader. Together with the leadership team, Lavin successfully opened approximately 75 facilities and offices nationally and globally. The Sustainability Vision of Sheldon Lavin, CEO of OSI Group