OSI Group possesses an exciting history for over 100 years it has been in existence. The company was formed in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky. It was a small butcher shop at the time as well as a meat market in Chicago bearing the name Otto & Sons, USA. It is a large entity today with approximately 65 locations and partners globally. Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of the firm who has steered it through its growth. Sheldon joined Otto & Sons in 1970s where he soon became a partner to the two sons of Otto Kolschowsky. Through his unique leadership style, Lavin helped steer the brothers to forming a company with a global presence. He has a focus on green practices, food safety, and sustainability constituting his core drivers for expanding the entity leveraging on strategic market focused methods.
Sheldon has led the company’s significant growth through successful acquisitions. After Sheldon Lavin joining the company forty years ago, he came on board with zeal to succeed besides his technical expertise in investment as well as banking executive. He was the first person to push OSI Group to a global presence together with success in the 1970s. Sheldon Lavin became a half partner to the company after one of the original brothers sold his interest. It was after he was a third partner in 1970s with equal leverage. The retirement of the second brother gained Sheldon Lavin 100% voting control.
During the period, Lavin saw no need of staying at the company without continuous strategic expansion. His purchases’, acquisitions together with joint ventures are strategically planned. At the moment, Sheldon Lavin is proud of a company having approximately 20,000 employees. He is happy with a uniform culture cohesively linking people despite the separation by oceans, language as well as industry focus. At the age of 85 years, Sheldon has no plans of quitting soon as he has goals of reducing environmental impact, facilitating a sustainable supply chain as well as responsibly contributing socially to workers together with communities around the globe. Besides, he donates generously to charities regarding college funds, sick children, chronic illness together with Jewish organizations.