With an employee base exceeding 20,000 personnel spread in five continents and a revenue base of $6.1 billion, OSI Group is one of the largest privately-owned companies in the United States. Over the years, the company has grown into a global brand with numerous facilities and subsidiaries bearing its brand name. The growth of OSI growth into a multinational holding conglomerate has also expanded its product lines beyond the traditional meat it started out with in 1909 when it was founded by Otto Kolschowsky as a family-owned meat shop. In addition to frozen meat, OSI Group and its dozens of partners and subsidiaries currently deal in the whole and retail of fish, vegetable products, and poultry. Its brand portfolio also includes patties, pizza, and bacon among others. Such expansive expansion of the company’s brand calls for large-scale financial management, a specialty of Sheldon Lavin, the CEO and chairman of the company.
An experienced master strategist with excellent management business management acumen, Sheldon Lavin can be credited with OSI Group’s transformation into an eco-friendly global brand with operations in dozens of countries in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Australia. His ability to delegate duties and consider all variables involved in any large-scale financial transaction saw him successfully expand the company’s operations to Brazil, Japan, China, India, Canada, Australia, Poland, and other European countries including Spain, Netherlands and Germany. Drawing from his over fifty years of experience in financial management, Sheldon Lavin has ensured that the company’s practices especially in Europe are environmentally friendly. As a testament to this commitment, the company’s UK subsidiary in the UK has been honored by the British Safety Council with four effective environment management and safety awards between 2013 and 2016.
Sheldon Lavin is a financial management specialist who studied business, financial management, and accounting at Roosevelt University, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. Upon graduation, he ventured into the financial industry as an entrepreneur. He co-founded a financial services company, Sheldon Lavin and Associates, Inc. which provided a launch pad for his long association with OSI Group. His association with the group began in 1970 when he was hired to serve as a financial consultant for OSI Group through his Chicago-based consulting company before joining its leadership ranks.