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Ari Weinzweig

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Co-Founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses

Co-Founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses

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Ari Weinzweig Biography

In 1982, Ari Weinzweig, along with his partner Paul Saginaw, founded Zingerman’s Delicatessen with a $20,000 bank loan, a Russian History degree from the University of Michigan, 4 years of experience washing dishes, cooking and managing in restaurant kitchens and chutzpah from his hometown of Chicago. They opened the doors with 2 employees, a small selection of specialty foods, and exceptional sandwiches.

Today, Zingerman’s Delicatessen is a nationally renowned food icon and the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses has grown to 11 businesses with over 750 employees and over $65 million in annual revenue. Aside from the Delicatessen, these businesses include Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Coffee and Candy Company, Creamery, Roadhouse, Mail Order, ZingTrain, Cornman Farms, Miss Kim, Food Tours, and Zingerman’s Service Network. No two businesses in the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses are alike, but they all share the same Vision and Guiding Principles and deliver “The Zingerman’s Experience” with passion and commitment.

Besides being the Co-Founding Partner and being actively engaged in some aspects of the day-to-day operations and governance of nearly every business in the Zingerman Community, Weinzweig is also a prolific writer. His most recent publications are the first 4 of his 6 book series Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading Series: "A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business (Part 1)," "Being a Better Leader (Part 2)," "Managing Ourselves (Part 3)" and the newly-released Part 4, "The Power of Beliefs in Business."

Weinzweig regularly travels across the country (and world) on behalf of ZingTrain, teaching organizations and businesses about Zingerman’s approach to business. He is a sought-after Keynote speaker, having delivered keynotes for Inc. 500, Microsoft Expo Spring Conference, Great Game of Business Gathering of Games, Positive Business Conference at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, American Society for Quality (ASQ), and the American Cheese Society.

One of Zingerman’s Guiding Principles is being an active part of the community and in 1988, Zingerman’s was instrumental in the founding of Food Gatherers, a food rescue program that delivers over 5 million pounds of food each year to the hungry residents of Washtenaw county. Every year Zingerman’s donates 10% of its previous years profits to local community organizations and non-profits. Weinzweig has served on the board of The Ark, the longest-continuously operating folk music venue in America.

Over the decades, the Zingerman’s founding partners have consistently been the recipients of public recognition from a variety of diverse organizations. In April 1995, Weinzweig and Saginaw were awarded the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County’s first Humanitarian Award. In 2006, Weinzweig was recognized as one of the “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America” by the James Beard Foundation. In 2007, Weinzweig and Saginaw were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Bon Appetit magazine for their work in the food industry. Weinzweig was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Cheese Society in 2014. And Weinzweig’s book, "Building a Great Business," was on Inc. magazine’s list of Best Books for Business Leaders.

Notwithstanding the awards, being engaged on a daily basis in the work of 10 businesses with 19 partners, writing books on business and in-depth articles on food for the Zingerman’s newsletter, Weinzweig finds time to be a voracious reader. He acquires and reads more books than he can find room for. Weinzweig might soon find himself the owner of the largest collection of Anarchist books in Ann Arbor outside the Labadie collection at the University of Michigan library.

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