Sheldon Lavin: CEO of the OSI Group

Sheldon Lavin Is the Chief Executive Officer of the OSI Group, an established meat supply company with operations in several nations. He has served the company for over forty three years. Sheldon has been involved with OSI Group since 1970s, a time the company was looking for funds to develop the meat processing industry and increase the meat products they supplied to McDonald’s. All through his tenure at the company, he has been able to convert OSI Group into an international food products supplier, currently operating in seventeen countries. The company has more than eighty facilities and offers employment to more than 20000 people.

While beginning his career at the OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin served the company as a consultant. He later on partnered with the company at a time the company was extending its operations to South America Europe and Asia. Sheldon took over the company in the early 1980s. Under his leadership, the company’s employees have been considered as an international family. This has resulted to the employees working hard to deliver for the company and achieve its goals.

Prior to working with OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin was involved in the field of financial and banking services. His wide experience in the accounting and financing sector has been the main source of his spontaneous success. Sheldon is a very compassionate man as he contributes to a number of charities including Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, United Negra College Fund, Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society among others.

With Sheldon Lavin as the CEO of the OSI Group, the company has received a variety of prestigious awards. The Awards include the Global Visionary award and the Globe of Honor award that the company received in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He has received other awards for his participation in other services including Trustee of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Board member of the Rush University Medical Center and the Board member of Goodman Theatre. These awards are clear indicators of Sheldon’s success in the company.

Currently, Sheldon is working towards further development for the OSI Group especially in Europe and Asia. According to him, he is proud of the company having gone international as the best and the largest protein supplier under his leadership. Sheldon Lavin is a family man with three grown up children, who they brought up together with his late wife in their marriage of five and a half decades.


Southern Methodist University Welcomes James Dondero to Business School Executive Board

Dallas’ Southern Methodist University’s affection for businessmen dedicated to the success of their students seems to be matched only by the reciprocation of local generous donors. Recently, James Dondero–a successful Dallas resident–was chosen from among 100 candidates and graciously accepted the offer to join SMU’s Cox School of Business Executive Board.

Dondero has already shown his great appreciation for investing in students’ futures with his firm’s dedication of the school’s Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars Endowment. This fund encourages and assists scholars in pursuing their passion for public policy.

Highland Capital Management, L.P., an SEC-registered investment adviser, was founded by James Dondero and Mark Okada. This enterprise offers a wide range of investment products, from high-yield bonds to real estate to distressed credit. Currently they have $18 billion in assets under management.

PR Newswire said in a statement that James Dondero, CFA, CMA, Co-Founder, and President, has 30 years of experience to leverage across the credit and equity markets. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and was awarded highest honors. He is chairman of three companies, and board member of two–including MGM Studios.

With the pioneering work of Dondero in the field of Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLO), Highland has been the recipient of both great recognition and formal awards in the financial arena.

Originally named the Department of Commerce in 1920, the business school has undergone two name changes. Finally, in 1978 the school’s corporate advisors suggested changing the name. The new title is in honor of Edwin L. Cox–another local businessman who had contributed greatly to the university’s success.

A respected business school in a respected university, Cox School of Business will benefit greatly from the generous contributions of time and money from yet another respected individual dedicated to improving their community. Learn more about James Dandero:

In James Dondero’s own words, “The Cox School at SMU contributes to the vibrant business community here in Dallas of which Highland is among the many beneficiaries. I am honored to assist with the…numerous initiatives currently underway.”