Sheldon Lavin began his entrepreneurial career as the owner of his own financial consulting firm Sheldon Lavin & Associates, LLC. It was through this operation that Sheldon first met the Kowlschowsky family, the original owners of global food powerhouse OSI Group, LLC. At the time, OSI still operated under Otto & Sons, the name it had been founder under back in 1909 by Otto Kowlschowsky. The family brought in Sheldon for his advice on attaining financing for a large expansion that they wanted to undertake. Within a year of working with Sheldon, Otto & Sons had already achieved a nationwide footprint. The sons of Otto Kowlschowsky were so impressed with Sheldon Lavin’s results that he was brought into the food business one hundred percent in 1970. After the brothers retired, Sheldon gained full control of the company, and today continues in his role as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of OSI Group. Sheldon’s 40 plus year tenure with OSI Group has seen the company expand from a regional outfit in the Midwest United States to become a top 100 food company in the United States and a global leader in creative, custom food solutions for foodservice and retail companies. Through it all, Sheldon has stuck firmly to the core OSI Group beliefs of outstanding customer service and treating all OSI team members and customers as family.
Sheldon’s massive accomplishments at OSI Group were recently celebrated in 2016 when he was presented with India’s Vision World Academy’s prestigious Global Visionary Award. Sheldon was selected for the award due to his amazing accomplishments as the leader of OSI Group. The award is an annual recognition of individuals who have accomplished great things through the use of perseverance and persistence. Sheldon Lavin’s legendary OSI Group career was fittingly recognized as such an accomplishment.
2016 saw another big award go OSI Group’s way when the British Safety Council recognized the company’s commitment to environmental management by presenting it with its Globe of Honour Award. This award is presented annually to organizations and companies that have qualified with a 5-Star rating from the council and have demonstrated a commitment to being environmentally conscious.
Other big 2016 announcements for OSI Group included the acquisition of European food wholesalers Baho Food out of the Netherlands and Flagship Europe out of the United Kingdom. As part of a new look for the company, Flagship Europe will be rebranded under the name Creative Foods Europe.
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