In a competitive business environment, it is not easy for a company to last more than a generation. So it is quite feat when a company stays in business for more than 100 years. For National Steel Car CEO Gregory James Aziz, running a company into its second century is a decades-long passion.
Mr. Aziz was born in the Canadian city of Ontario on April 30, 1949. After receiving his economics degree from the University of Western Ontario, he joined his family wholesale food business. As he worked at Affiliated Foods, Gregory J Aziz began to get some practical experience in the business world. In his 16 years in the family food business, Mr. Aziz saw Affiliated Foods grow into an international importer of food from Europe as well as South America.
With more than a decade of experience in business growth, Greg James Aziz took his knowledge into the investment banking world. During the go-go 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Aziz worked on many deals which gave him the know-how on financing businesses through debt deals as well as mergers & acquisitions.
In the early 1990s, Greg Aziz was able to put together a team and purchase National Steel Car. At the time, National Steel Car was not the biggest railcar maker in the business. However, Mr. Aziz had plans to turn the company into the biggest railcar marker in North America.
In a few short years, Mr. Aziz was able to almost triple production from 3,500 cars per year to over 12,000 cars per year by the end of the 1990s. In that same time, the company’s personal grew from a few hundred employees to almost 3,000 staffers. As the company continued to grow, National Steel Car has been able to reinvigorate the local economies dependent on the railcar building business.
In addition to his work on the business side of National Steel Car, Gregory James Aziz is also active in Hamilton hometown community of the company. Mr. Aziz and National Steel Car currently support the United Way, the Salvation Army as well as the Hamilton Opera.
From his humble days working in the family food wholesaling business to running the largest railcar maker in North America, Gregory James Aziz has worked hard to grow businesses through vision, persistence and leadership.