Visionary World Academy Honors Sheldon Lavin with the 2016 Global Visionary Award.Sheldon Lavin, CEO of OSI Group is the recipient of the 2016 Global Visionary Award, announced in the company’s news press release, on March 1st, 2016. The entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist started his career as a banking professional. Later, he opened his own financial consulting firm and served as exclusive financial advisor for Otto & Sons, presently known as OSI Group. His relationship began with the family owned company, in 1970, and eventually evolved into a long term family-relationship. Since joining the meat processing business, OSI has received enormous growth due to his expertise in banking, investments, and leadership.
By 1975, Sheldon Lavin was helping Otto & Sons explore international investment opportunities. He was offered an opportunity to invest, but refused the offer at that time. In the late 1970’s, he decided to accept an investment agreement as a partner and full-time executive. He purchased 50 percent of interest in the business from a former partner, and has 100 percent controlling vote, after the other partner retired. Under Lavin’s leadership, OSI has expanded around the world.
Mr. Lavin is known locally and nationally as a great philanthropist supporting causes for the youth, education, arts, and health. He contributes financially to non-profits, such as, Chicago Boys and Girls Club, United Negro College Fund, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and other charities. Mr. Lavin also serves on the Board for Goodman Theatre and University Medical Center, Trustee for Ronald McDonald House, and Director of Sheba Foundation. Vision World Academy recognizes the accomplishments of Sheldon Lavin, CEO of OSI and presented the award to Nilesh Gandhi, senior supply chain manager of OSI-Vista Processed Foods, an affiliate of OSI Group on his behalf. The Global World Awards Ceremony was held in February 2016 at Gujarat Chamber and Industry, in India.