Shelon Lavin didn’t start out in the food industry; he enjoyed a successful career as an investor, an executive in the banking industry and even started his own financial consulting firm before being a part of OSI. Lavin started in the meat industry in 1970, when he arranged a loan for Otto & Sons, and becoming a consultant. In the late 1970’s, Sheldon Levin was asked to come into OSI (changed from Otto & Sons) full time. OSI expanded in North America and Europe in the 70’s and in the 1980’s further expanded into South America and Taiwan; at this time Levin had a half controlling interest in OSI Group. Thirteen years later, when the last remaining partner retired, Lavin gained 100% voting control. He wouldn’t have stayed with OSI unless he could make it into something big, and he has. OSI now reaches South Africa, India, China, the Philippines, and Australia. Contact with Sheldon .
Even in his 80’s, Shelon Lavin is still active with not just OSI, but charities such as the Ronald McDonald House Charites, Jewish United Fund, United Negro College Fund, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Evans Scholarship Fund, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, and many other national and local charities. Lavin has won service awards for his work; President and Director of the Sheba Foundation, a family charitable foundation, Trustee for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Board member of Rush University Medical Center, Board member of the Goodman Theatre, and many other awards from his involvement in business and non-profit activities.OSI’s Sheldon Lavin Receives Global Visionary Award.
Shelon Lavin has a mind for business, and a passion for people. He was married for 55 years, until his wife passed away, and they have 3 children who have children of their own. He considers the OSI employee’s to be a part of his extended family, and is very proud to be a part of the OSI family. He is excited that OSI has gone global and continues to grow, as OSI now has more than 55 facilities in 16 countries, with no end in sight.