Specialty Keynotes

Co-founder, Zingerman's Community of Businesses

When Inc. Magazine called Zingerman's "the coolest small company in America", they said that the "grand plan" the Zingerman's founding partners came up with for the future of their business was "far better than anything a management-consulting firm could have devised for them." At Zingerman's, we call the "grand plan" a Vision. We do it in our own particular way. We have a "recipe" for it. And we use it for projects of any scale - from getting a new office printer to opening a new business. In this keynote, we will tell you all about why we think visioning is so powerful and how we do it. You will never think about the future the same way again.

keynote public speaker Paul Saginaw

Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig joined forces to found Zingerman’s Delicatessen. They opened the doors on March 15, 1982. All they wanted at that time was a great corned beef sandwich and an organization with soul.

Zingerman’s started as 1300 square feet of combined restaurant and specialty food retail space, run solely by Paul, Ari and two employees. The Zingerman’s Community of Businesses now has 22 partners, employs over 750 people and generates over $55 million in annual sales from ten separate businesses: Zingerman’s Delicatessen (including Zingerman’s Catering), Zingerman’s Mail Order, Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Zingerman’s Training Inc., Zingerman’s Coffee Company, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Zingerman’s Creamery, Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory, Zingerman’s Cornman Farms, and a Korean restaurant that is scheduled to open in 2016.

Paul believes that he has been successful in spite of the fact that he has limited natural talent and abilities because he has always thought that the only real limits are those of vision.

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Chief Spiritual Officer, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses
BS Zoology, U of M 1976 (after a 7 year undergraduate career)
White House “Champion of Change” award 2014
Doctorate of Laws University of Michigan 2015
Career Highlights
Kissed Bonnie Raitt backstage after a concert.
University of Michigan commencement speaker Spring 2015
Other Business Affiliations
Past Director - United Bank & Trust – Washtenaw
Director – Priority Health
Community Activities
Board Director – Dawn Farms
Past Board President – Washtenaw Housing Alliance (2000-2007)
Founder/ Food Gatherers (1988), Board Director 1988-2012, Director Emeritus
Past Board President – NEW Center (2001-2008)
Past Member President’s Advisory Board Michigan Environmental Council
Past Board Director – Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (2003-2013)