Meet Sheldon Lavin, The Meat Processing BankerFebruary 24, 2018 - Author: steph
When Sheldon Lavin opened a finance consultation firm in Chicago, Illinois, he had not envisaged his involvement in meat processing, leave alone owning an international food processing company. As a banker operating his financial firm, he organized financing for Otto & Sons in 1970.
He continued as a finance consultant for the firm until 1975 when the owners approached him to become their partner, and later to work with them full time. He is now the CEO of the firm that he has helped to expand into a reputable international food-processing firm operating over sixty outlets in more than sixty countries. The company was later renamed OSI Group.
Sheldon Lavin is a graduate with an accounting and finance degree. His background in finance has been of great importance to OSI Group. Since joining OSI Group, he embarked on an expansion plan. He began by opening branches in North America and Europe, Taiwan and later South America. OSI Group is now the leading food processor and proteins supplier globally.
In 2016, 81-year-old Sheldon Lavin was awarded by India’s Vision World Academy with the Globe of Honor Award. He got the award in recognition of his efforts to steer OSI Group to an International organization creating jobs globally.
He has many positions such as Goodman Theater board member, Director and President of Sheba Foundation, Rush University Medical Center board member, and a trustee of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
OSI Group, whose headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois, has also received several awards for health, safety, and environmentally friendly procedures. In 2016, the British Safety Council recognized the risk management efforts by OSI Group and awarded them with the Globe of Honor Award. They also got an award in environmental management the same year for minimizing environmental pollution in their operations.
OSI Group has a sound sustainability plan. It has a history of minimal staff turnover. This is because of the family-oriented culture that the firm adapted from its early years of operation. The employees view each other as members of one family, supporting each other to grow and achieve their goals.
In addition, OSI group integrates economic responsibility, social responsibility, and environmental responsibility into its sustainability strategy. They do business to improve the socioeconomic standards of their areas of operation while taking measures to conserve the environment.
Sheldon Lavin is involved in charitable activities. He supports the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Jewish United Fund, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.
Sheldon Lavin’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/public/Sheldon-Lavin