Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group CEO

Mr. Sheldon Lavin is an 81-year old entrepreneur, who is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the OSI Group.

A German immigrant by the name of Otto Kolschowsky started a family-owned meat market in the western part of Chicago, two years after moving to the United States.

They built up the business and it became known for provided fresh quality products.

As time went on, the name of the business was changed to Otto & Sons and they progressed in prominence. In fact, they were one of the primary businesses that supplied ground beef to McDonalds in the 1950s.

The two Kolschowsky brothers were ready to expand, but needed financial advice and help. This is where Sheldon Lavin enters the picture.

With a background in finance and accounting, Mr. Lavin had experience in the banking system, as well as his own consulting firm.

In the 70s, he joined the brothers, the name OSI Industries created and Shelton was able to give them advice on how to continue company growth.

After the brother’s retirement, Shelton Lavin became the head of the organization and it resulted in the business evolving into a prominent food and meat processing enterprise.

Under his leadership, the company has expanded to an international level. There are more than 70 facilities located in 17 countries, in which protein products, as well as baked goods, sauces and vegetable products are made.

He has no intention of stopping and added Baho and Tyson Foods to his successful business ventures in 2016.

Mr. Shelton Lavin is also involved in various charities, currently serving in the role of Chairman for the Ronald McDonald House.

He also is a big contributor to the Jewish Charities, The United Negro College Fund, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and other benevolent programs.

He survived his wife of 55 years and has three married daughters. In his spare time he enjoys being with them and his grandchildren.