Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman as well as Chief Executive Officer for OSI Group, working alongside the company every since the 1970s. Under his leadership sustainable food production has been a main focus for the company, embracing both the challenges as well as the rewards that cutting-edge technology has to offer.
Sheldon Lavin has worked with OSI back when the company was known as Otto & Sons, and due to his vision the company grew both domestically and internationally, being considered an industry leader when it comes to meat and food processing. OSI grew alongside another worldwide franchise, the restaurant chain McDonald’s, as the company was the restaurant’s first meat supplier back when it opened its doors in 1955. The partnership was beneficial to both entities, and it helped OSI grow into the enterprise that it is today, being present in 17 countries with 65 facilities, and having more than 20,000 employees all across the globe. In 2016, Forbes reported that the company had a net worth of $6.1 billion, and was ranked at number 58 among the largest private companies in the United States.
Adopting new technologies is an important factor in OSI’s efforts to create sustainability in the company’s operation. Sheldon Lavin made sure that the company’s commitment to sustainability planning is backed by research efforts and development efforts. As a result, the company created two Culinary Innovation Centers, in China and in the United States respectively, and an R&D Center in Chicago.
The facilities created are a significant investment and a testament to the company’s dedication to sustainability. They will help develop new techniques in order to lessen the impact that OSI’s operations have on the environment, and develop more efficient product lines. Sheldon Lavin note that OSI believes that core elements of sustainability are aligned with values that guide their business conduct.
Lavin has also been involved in charitable work with organizations such as the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He has also been active in organizations such as the Jewish United Fund, the Goodman Theatre, the Sheba Foundation, and many others. His work with OSI resulted in many awards, both personal as well as for different facilities owned by the company. Sheldon Lavin won the award Edward C. Jones Community Service in 2016, due to his dedication and participation in charitable organization in the Chicago area and in the international communities where OSI Group operates.