Gregory James Aziz was born in 1949, London, the United Kingdom where the family lived before moving to Canada in the 60s. He was formally educated at Ridley College and University of Western Ontario, where specialized in Economics. After his graduation in 1971, he worked in the family’s food business called the Affiliate Foods, where he practiced his management skills. As an astute manager of the business, he managed to build the family business to become one of the highest importers of fresh foods across Canada and by extension the larger North America. He then proceeded to the USA where he was absorbed in the banking sector as an advisor in investment banking for various banks in New York. He actively executed his roles as an investment banker until 1994, when he bought National Steel Car that struggled with various financial challenges. Greg Aziz is on record to have asserted that his main aim for purchasing the company was purely transformational. He just aimed at moving the company from its struggles to the top railroad vehicle manufacturer in the entire North American continent.
Leadership at National Steel
As the Chairman of the National Steel Car, Greg Aziz has enacted sound financial policies that have not only hastened the growth of the company but has also changed Greg’s managerial profile. From only 3,000 cars in the first year of production, the company now enjoys manufacturing slightly above 13,000 cars annually. The reason behind such a success is the fact that Greg James instilled a lot of finances in marketing the cars. Over the years, he has increased the number of working personnel in the company and has also increased their wages and incentives which have led to a significant appraisal of the quality of services that the employees offer as far as the operations of the company are concerned. In this regard, the number of employees in the company has increased from an original 600 workers to over 4,000 employees.
The Other Side of Gregory Aziz
Even as Gregory J Aziz remains an influential leader in the manufacturing industry, he still commands a lot of respect in the social arena due to his passion for charity and community-based activities. At his Hamilton Community, Greg Aziz sponsors various social events such as the Theatre Aquarius and the famous Hamilton Opera. He also aids in charity events where community groups such as the Salvation Army always involve him. Also, he actively participates as the sponsor of the annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, bringing all agricultural stakeholders to exchange ideas on bettering agricultural practice in the community.
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