From his very first career to his current career, it seems that every company Gregory Aziz touches turns to gold or maybe more appropriate – becomes as strong as steel. For certain people, they may credit their success to good luck. People like Chairman, CEO and President of National Steel Car, Gregory Aziz, are prime examples of when preparation meets opportunity.
Gregory J Aziz was born on April 30, 1949 in London, Ontario. He grew up and got his education at Ridley College and the University of Western Ontario. He majored in economics, which is apparent due to his success when it comes to turning companies around in a big and positive way.
The CEO’s journey follows him next to his job at his family company, Affiliated Foods, which was a wholesale food business that imported fresh foods from Europe and America. The company distributed to the United States and Eastern Canada. He worked at his family’s company until the 80’s, thus improving the company’s growth for the next 16 years.
The next riveting move of the CEO’s journey includes him working on investment banking opportunities in New York. This lead Greg Aziz to National Steel Car in 1994 where he implemented a plan to complete his goal of turning the company into North America’s leading steel car manufacturer. Within 5 years, from 1994 to 1999, the company expanded and grew almost 5x its size. The employment rate went from 600 to nearly 3,000 and the company’s manufacturing potential went from 3,500 cars produced per year to 12,000 cars produced per year and that was in the first 5 years the company was ran by Greg Aziz. The numbers are undeniable when it comes to success of the company and the turnaround at the hands of Mr. Aziz. Visit This Page for more information.
Today, the company has been honored the TTX SECO highest quality award every year since 1996 as well as maintaining the status of being the only railroad freight manufacturing company certified ISO 9001:2008.
Not only does Gregory Aziz live with the benefits of the company but spreads his success by sponsoring charities such as The United Way, the Salvation Army and a number of other charities. The company hosts a Christmas party every year where the participants can donate to a major food drive for all of the local food banks.
Gregory Aziz’s life is full of opportunity, but it would have been nearly nothing if he hadn’t been prepared giving inspiration to all those in need of hope, much like a modern-day Man of Steel.