Before he became the chairman and CEO of the OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin had completed his education in accounting and finance. He had also worked in the banking industry and ran an accounting firm. All of those experiences made him prepared and uniquely qualified to take what was once a Chicago, Illinois butcher shop and meat market called Otto & Sons and build it into one of America’s top 100 companies and a global food processing leader. Lavin’s background in banking, finance and accounting made it easy for him to build the company up by constructing new facilities, purchasing others and acquiring a string of related businesses.
The India based Vision World Academy recognized the incredible work Sheldon Lavin has done since taking over the OSI Group in the late 1970s and making it a large internationally known and respected food processing company. In 2016, the organization gave Lavin their Global Visionary Award. The award honors people who have put in the years of consistent effort it takes to fulfill their dreams. Lavin and the OSI Group has also won the Globe of Honor given by the British Safety Council, the California Green Business Certificate, the ‘Golden Globe 2016’ and are an 11 time winner of the International Safety Award.
Sheldon Lavin has also been giving his time, talent and resources to a wide variety of philanthropic and charitable groups. The include the Ronald McDonald House, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Chicago Inner City Foundation, the Chicago Boys and Girls Clubs, the United Negro College Fund, the Jewish United Fund and a number of other organizations in the United States and around the world. Sheldon Lavin was also the director of the United State’s Fish & Wildlife Foundation and he currently serves as the general trustee of the Rush University Medical Center.
To grow the OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin has led the company to acquire several related businesses and facilities. The list includes the Dutch company Baho Foods and its subsidiaries, Vital Convenience, Gelderland Frischwaren, Vital Convenience, Q Smart Life, Bakx Foods and Henri van de Bilt, Flagship Europe, a London based company, UK based Moy Park, European company Hynek Schlachthof GmbH, Amick Farms in the United States and a Tyson Foods plant in Chicago. Lavin also entered into joint ventures in Germany, Taiwan, the Philippines, Mexico, the United States, Australia, Japan, China, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and many other places.
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