Gregory James Aziz has had a long and illustrious career path that culminated in taking the lead at national steel car, the rail freight car manufacturer. He picked up the company and resuscitated it before helping it regain its rightful position in the world of rail freight car manufacturing. Through a wealth of experience in evaluating businesses performance and even greater entrepreneurial skills horned throughout his life, he was able to pool in resources necessary to lift the company off the ground and back to profitability. But how did his early life prepare him for this:
Having started his educational journey at Ridley College, James Aziz went on to join the University of Western Ontario and majored in Economic. He would rely much on the knowledge and skills gained here in his future endeavors both at his family company as well as during his tenure as an investment banker.
Working at the family company
Soon after his graduation, Greg Aziz joined his family company, Affiliated Foods, a wholesale food business serving the expansive Canadian market. While he joined in the supervisory level, his leadership skills would see him climb up the management ladder. Over the next two decades, he would influence the growth of the family company and played a key role in expanding its operations.
During this time Affiliated Foods grew into a leading fresh foods importer in the country as well as the largest distributor in Canada and parts of the United States. Here he learned firsthand, what it takes to run a successful business.
Experience as an investment banker
While the success with Affiliated Foods exposed Aziz’s leadership skills, it suppressed his entrepreneurial side. He, therefore, left his family company and ventured into the investment baking world in New York. The new role tested his entrepreneurial skills and ability to identify businesses in distress, but which had a great growth potential. One such business was the Canadian based National Steel Car Company. Go Here for more information.
By the time James Aziz took over its leadership, the company was operating below optimum production levels in addition to being marred with numerous other operations and leadership challenges. He would mobilize resources needed to help the company overcome most of these challenges including upgrading the technology used in the production factories, hire new staff, and initiate a marketing campaign.
The experience and entrepreneurial skills paid off less within the three years of taking over national steel car. Thanks to the contributions of Greg Aziz, the brand is now the largest manufacturer and distributor of Rail Freight car in North and Latin America. Plus, its innovative rail car designs compete favorably with competitors’ products globally.
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