Sheldon Lavin is the OSI Group’s chairman and CEO. He has been with the food supplier for more than 43 years. Lavin had previously worked in the banking and financial services industry. Lavin became involved with the OSI Group in the 1970s when the company was seeking financing to construct a meat processing facility to help them expand the meat products they provided to McDonald’s.
Initially, Sheldon Lavin acted as a consultant to the company and in 1975 he became a partner. As the OSI Group expanded their operations into Europe, Asia and South America in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Lavin purchased a controlling interest and eventually took over the company aacording to fundacity.com.
Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin the OSI Group expanded their reach into Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa. They also diversified the services they offered and became the world’s largest protein supplier to McDonald’s. Lavin has also been the moving force behind having the company build
80 facilities located in 17 countries and the hiring of over 20,000 employees. He has also helped to develop the OSI Group’s unique culture where the staff is treated like a global family. He is also very proud that the OSI Group has very little staff turnover and most employees stay with the company for many years. This harkens back to OSI’s origin as Otto & Sons meat market that was located in the Chicago area.
But Sheldon Lavin is much more than just a businessman. He is a husband, father of three and a grand father. He is also a committed philanthropist that gives generously of his time and resources to charities like the Ronald McDonald House Charities, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Jewish United Fund, United Negro College Fund, Evans Scholarship Fund and countless other local and national charities.
Among Sheldon Lavin’s many awards, he considers the 2016 Global Visionary Award and the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award he was given for his commitment and service to the Chicago business community, the most meaningful.
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Eva Moskowitz, the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Success Academy Charter Schools, is known for making an education revolution in New York with her charter schools. It was an incredible journey as she founded the first charter school in Harlem in 2006, and currently, it has grown to 34 schools with more than 11,000 children. In every school we are seeing high proficiency scores! Her students are outperforming others, and the Success Academy schools are considered to be one of the best schools in the state. Eva Moskowitz framed the school concept for the children from struggling families, and most of her students are winning greatly by fighting against the odds. Their scores are crushing even those students who are students of other schools from affluent backgrounds.
Moskowitz says what prompted her to dedicate the time for education. Earlier, she ran for New York City Council and became the chair of the education committee. She could spot many issues with the public-school establishment including the union contracts made with the teachers, the staff, and the principals. Eva Moskowitz noted many malpractices in the contracts along with other issues, and that it was affecting the quality of education in public schools. Therefore, she decided to give a great education environment to the poor kids and opened the first charter school in 2006 with 165 children. Eva Moskowitz framed the school subjects and surroundings with her ideals. She wanted the kids to be great readers, mathematicians, writers, and discovery-oriented scientists. Additionally, Eva ensures that the children are displaying high moral character and being self-reflective to their emotions.
The children take chess as an academic subject, as Eva Moskowitz knows it advances strategic thinking. The schools conduct debates on different topics which hundreds of students are encouraged to participate in improving their knowledge, communication, and interpersonal skills. Eva made sure that the schools are using its own curriculum by analyzing various textbooks on from all subjects. Each class has a clear focus on explanation and student discourse, and the children are pressed to go for reasoning. Eva Moskowitz completed her graduation from the University of Pennsylvania. She did her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in American history and became a history professor for gifted minority students before actively taking up the public life.