Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group CEO

Forty-seven years ago, Sheldon Lavin had a successful career as an investor, owner of a consulting practice, and an executive in the banking industry. Lavin also owned a financial consulting firm when Otto Kolschowksy offered him an ownership position in Otto & Sons which was a successful domestic food processing company. Sheldon Lavin did not accept the position but said that he would serve as a consultant until such time that if he ever did become a partner, he would receive certain monetary investments.

By 1975, Lavin became more involved with Otto & Sons began searching for overseas investments. Otto & Sons changed their name to the OSI Group which continued to produce and sell protein items and other food products to foodservice and retail brands. Otto Kolschowsky retired from the business and Lavin joined as a partner with Otto’s two sons – Arthur and Harry. Also, the McDonald Company asked Sheldon Lavin to join the company so that the companies could grow together for more info about us: https://angel.co/sheldon-lavin click here.

During the 70s and 80s, the OSI Group expanded throughout North America, Europe, South America, Taiwan, Philippines, China, Australia, Japan, India, and South Africa. During the late 1980s the Kolschowsky sons retired from OSI Group handed complete control of the company to Mr. Lavin. Currently, the OSI Group is in over 17 countries and has acquired the Baho Food Dutch company.

With the acquisition of Baho, the OSI Group gained more subsidiaries in Germany and Netherlands. Under Lavin’s leadership, the OSI Group has received multiple awards such as the Global Visionary Award in the early part of 2016. This honor recognizes worldwide CEOs for their perseverance and continuance in accomplishing their management goals.

Sheldon Lavin has been married for over 55 years and has three children who are married with children. The OSI Group is highly successful due to the management talents and skills of Sheldon Lavin. Even at the age of 80+ he has taken the OSI Group from domestic food processor to a global multi-billion-dollar food purveyor. Other business and non-profit recognitions have included: Trustee for Ronald McDonald House, Goodman Theater Board member, Rush University Medical Center Board member, President, and Director of The Sheba Foundation.

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