Gregory Aziz: A Successful Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Gregory James Aziz was born in 1949 in London. He is a successful entrepreneur with a high affinity for quality and excellence. He is married to Irene, and he is a proud father of two. Gregory J Aziz is the CEO, Chairman, and president of National Steel Car; it’s among the leading railroad manufacturing and car engineering companies in North America. The company is located in Hamilton, Ontario. For long, the company has remained successful due to its innovative nature, use of technology, excellent customer relationships, commitment and passion from its employees. It has maintained its standards since its inception in 1912.
Greg’s Entrepreneurial Career
Before working for the National Steel Company, he was running his family business after finishing his education at the University of Western Ontario where he majored in Economics. He ran a prosperous family- food business called the Affiliated Foods. Later he moved to New York to work for the Investment banking where he served for several years.
In 1994, he oversaw the purchase of the National Steel Car Company from the Dofasco. This was after working on various Investment Banking Opportunities in New York. By purchasing the company, he envisioned transforming a once leading Canadian company into a top railroad Car manufacturer in North America. Basing on the company’s unique engineering capabilities, capital, and human investment together with team building, it expanded its manufacturing capabilities to 12,000 cars annually from 3500 at the time it was being purchased.
Today, thanks to its persistent pursuit of manufacturing and engineering excellence, the company is the leader in the manufacturing of new freight car as well as innovating new car models. Under his leadership, the company has received the TTX SECO award for 13 years consecutively. It has been awarded for being a leading steel car manufacturing company. The company has been at the top because they endeavor to produce quality products and to meet the customer’s deadlines.
Through Gregory Aziz’s leadership, the company also supports charity works. For instance, it has helped make the Hamilton community’s lives better by employing over 2000 workers from Hamilton and participating in Ontario’s food drives. The company also supports the Salvation Army, the United Way and the Hamilton Opera. It also organizes a Christmas party for both past and present employees together with their families. Gregory and Irene, his wife, sponsors the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair which is the prominent agricultural fair in Canada.