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Sheldon Lavin: Humanitarian and Successful Businessman

Before talking about the success in business that makes Sheldon Lavin’s philanthropy possible let us talk about Sheldon’s humanitarian efforts themselves. He is a trustee for Ronald McDonald House a charity that enables families to be near their sick children or siblings who are being treated in hospitals far from their homes.

He is involved with various Jewish charities including the Sheba Foundation. An Isreali based charity that provides all manner of economic help to Jews of Ethiopian descent. Sheldon also serves on the board of trustees of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center.

Besides his involvement with an array of local charities in Chicago nationally known charities like the United Negro College Fund and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation have been beneficiaries of Sheldon’s compassion.

Sheldon began his working career as a banking executive and financial advisor. At one point he had his own investment firm. He has spent the last forty-seven years working in the meat industry as CEO of OSI.

In 1970 a frozen meat patty producer founded by Otto Kolchowsky had the opportunity to become McDonald’s Midwest supplier of burgers. The bank that financed expansion attached one caveat. Sheldon Lavin had to become a partner in the business. Initially, Sheldon had no desire to join what would become OSI. He was, however, willing to serve as a consultant to the company thus enabling the Kolchowsky’s to acquire the funding they needed.

Over the decades the original partners in OSI either retired or sold out. In the 1980s Sheldon became involved full time and took the helm at OSI. Under Sheldon’s stewardship, OSI has grown into a multinational company with 20,000 employees working in 70 facilities spread across 17 countries. The company still supplies McDonald’s in addition to selling multiple food service related products to multiple companies.

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