When it comes to designing and creating meat food specialties for the restaurant and supermarket businesses, few companies have delivered products meeting customer taste expectations and food safety regulations as OSI Group. OSI Group is based in a suburb of Chicago but has built its networks to 17 countries across the globe. The company was originally founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky who was a butcher by trade and wanted to pursue the American dream. He and his sons had built a good reputation that soon their shop became a large company named Otto & Sons, and it also became the first partner to McDonalds. But during this time the Kolschowsky sons brought a man to the company whose expertise would be key in its future growth. That man was Sheldon Lavin.
Sheldon Lavin was an advisor and funds manager for several major banks in his earlier career, and by the time Otto & Sons had contacted him he had been running his own financial consulting company. Lavin started out as a financial leader for Otto & Sons since he only wanted to be with the company part time, but he soon saw how much the company valued people above profits and decided to accept appointment as CEO after the Kolschowsky sons retired. Lavin had the company renamed to OSI Group because he was able to acquire the funding to expand internationally.
Lavin has been able to find other food distribution companies over the years and acquire or partner with them to make them profitable when they’ve experienced financial hardship. Some of those companies include Flagship Europe, Baho Food and the Tyson Food Plant. Lavin has won awards both for his business strategies and philanthropy including the Global Visionary Award at India’s Vision World Academy. He’s also a board member of the Jewish United Fund and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.