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Shadid Khan

Shahid Khan is a Pakistani-born American billionaire businessman. He is the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) and owner of automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate Corp. in Urbana, Illinois.

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Shadid Khan Biography

On January 4, 2012, Shahid Khan became the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. His dream of owning an NFL team had become reality on December 14, 2011, in a unanimous 32-0 vote by NFL owners in support of his purchase of the franchise.

A magnate in the automotive parts industry, Khan was familiar with Jacksonville long before purchasing the team. Jacksonville’s port at one time was the United States’ largest for automobile shipments, and Khan’s fledgling business brought him to Jacksonville’s Blount Island terminal to install his patented bumpers on the import vehicles.

Khan’s passion for the National Football League also took root long before his entry into the league. His dream of one day owning an NFL team began while watching games with his fraternity brothers in the basement of the Beta Theta Pi house as a student at the University of Illinois. Through the success of his own business, his dream came true 40 years later.

Khan is president and owner of Flex-N-Gate Corporation, the 14th-largest North American automotive supplier, which employs over 16,000 people at 52 manufacturing and nine product development and engineering facilities throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Spain. Flex-N-Gate’s products include interior and exterior plastics, lighting systems, mechanical assemblies, metal structural body components, and exterior metal parts.

Khan’s history with Flex-N-Gate started in 1970, when he began working at the company while he was an engineering student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A naturalized U.S. citizen, Mr. Khan came from his native Pakistan in 1967 at the age of 16 to attend college. When he graduated in 1971, with a B.S. in industrial engineering, he became Flex-N-Gate’s engineering manager. In 1978, Khan left Flex-N-Gate and with $13,000 in savings and a $50,000 loan from the Small Business Loan Corporation, he created the start-up Bumper Works, which revolutionized the industry through an innovative one-piece bumper design¬—a lightweight, continuous piece of metal with no seams to rust or corrode. His innovative design is still considered the industry standard for all seamless steel bumpers worldwide.

Bumper Works embodied two of Mr. Khan’s many strengths—a deep understanding of design and a strong entrepreneurial streak. When Flex-N-Gate came on the market two short years later, Khan purchased his former employer and brought Bumper Works into the fold. During the decade that followed, Flex-N-Gate transitioned from an aftermarket parts producer to an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Needing to expand his client base, Khan made sales calls for over five years to all the Japanese auto manufacturers, who, at the time, were more open to new ideas and working with smaller suppliers. This dogged determination resulted in Flex-N-Gate acquiring contracts for all the Japanese-produced trucks imported into the U.S. By the late 1980s Toyota had selected the Bumper Works facility to be the first American parts supplier to receive Toyota’s lean manufacturing training—an event Khan identifies as having a profound effect on Flex-N-Gate’s ability to grow and prosper.

Widely recognized for his vision, acumen and leadership, Khan has grown Flex-N-Gate both horizontally and vertically through integration of processes and commodities. From the company’s modest beginning with only the ability to stamp and weld the bumper shell, Flex-N-Gate has continually expanded to bring all the necessary processes in-house. This carefully planned expansion reduced costs and improved control, consistently making Flex-N-Gate more competitive in the industry. By leveraging what he learned working directly with automotive customers, Khan grew the company by purchasing other OEM facilities, expanding into different commodity types and broadening his client base.

Today, Flex-N-Gate has a global footprint reaching from Canada to Argentina and from the United States into Europe and Asia. The company’s clients include all of the major automotive manufacturers in North America, Japan and Europe. In 2007 Mr. Khan received the Minority Business Leadership Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council and Automotive News ranked Flex-N-Gate the 14th largest North American automotive supplier for 2010. When asked about Flex-N-Gate’s remarkable success, Khan is quick to humbly note that he is proof that the American dream is still alive and attainable.

In addition to success in the automotive arena, Khan has expanded on his interests in biofuels and structural engineering. With Bio-Alternative, LLC, Khan has brought together a team of industry leaders around the philosophy of biodiesel being an efficient, affordable, and sustainable energy alternative that should be widely and easily accessible. From refinery construction and catalyst sales, to site planning and business consultation, Bio-Alternative continually engages in extensive and ongoing research and development initiatives that ensure the company is always taking the next step in energy to provide customers with the tools necessary to maximize the benefits and values of biodiesel.

Shad Khan’s deep interest in developing engineering solutions to global infrastructure problems led him to start Smart Structures, which advances the technology of bridge monitoring, also known as structural health monitoring (SHM). The primary objective of a successful SHM program is to save or defer money for a bridge owner by using technology to assist in their bridge maintenance programs. Smart Structures has emerged as a technical leader in providing cost-effective bridge management packages.

Since early 2012 Shad and Ann Khan have focused their philanthropic giving in the Jacksonville community through the Jaguars Foundation. Through the Foundation they provided more than $1,000,000 in grants in 2012 to children’s and family programs, as well as other NFL and team-related initiatives. The Foundation also donated more than 11,000 charitable tickets with an in-kind value of nearly $500,000. The Khans’ charitable initiatives include a $1 million commitment to the City of Jacksonville as a partner in the Mayor’s initiative to military service members transitioning back to civilian life. The Khans also made a six-figure challenge matching grant to the North Florida Boy Scouts, contributions to fund Play 60 grants in partnership with Baptist Health, and grants to support community improvements. Khan also supported the One Spark event in Jacksonville in April of this year with a $1 million pledge to support creativity and innovation.

Mr. Khan has served as an active member on many University of Illinois boards, including the Engineering Board of Visitors; Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Alumni Board; MechSE Extern Program; University of Illinois Foundation Board of Directors; and the Presidents Council, and was inducted into the Engineering at Illinois Hall of Fame in 2010. Mr. Khan is the current president of the Chief Executives Organization, a global community of the top 2,000 leaders in the business, government, and non-profit sectors.

Along with his wife, fellow University of Illinois alum Ann Carlson Khan, the Khans’ gifts to the University of Illinois have enriched the university and community through donations to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the University Library; the College of Business; and the College of Applied Health Sciences, where they have funded five endowed Khan Professorships and the Khan Annex—a 24,000 square foot facility with state-of-the-art laboratories, instructional, and professional collaboration spaces. The Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on the University of Illinois campus hosted the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships.

In 2007 the Khan Foundation was formed to expand research in the Applied Health Sciences, with Mrs. Khan serving as the foundation’s president. Since its inception, the Foundation has given out more than five million dollars in grants nationwide—to libraries; organizations such as Crisis Nursery and the YMCA; and to UCLA for pediatric non-embryonic stem cell research. In 2011 Mr. Khan became a Lincoln Laureate, the state’s highest award for achievement given by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, for his philanthropic work in the state.

Mr. Khan shares his passion for the American dream with his family. The Khans have passed on their commitment to work and service to their two grown children, Shanna and Tony Khan. Tony is the Jaguars’ senior vice president, football technology and analytics.

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  • What are the speaker fees for Shadid Khan

    Speaking fees for Shadid Khan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Shadid Khan are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Shadid Khan, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Shadid Khan speak about?

    Shadid Khan is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Commencement, University Speakers.
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    Shadid Khan generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Shadid Khan’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Shadid Khan for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shadid Khan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Shadid Khan or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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Shahid Khan is a Pakistani-born American billionaire businessman. He is the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) and owner of automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate Corp. in Urbana, Illinois.

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Shadid Khan Biography

On January 4, 2012, Shahid Khan became the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. His dream of owning an NFL team had become reality on December 14, 2011, in a unanimous 32-0 vote by NFL owners in support of his purchase of the franchise.

A magnate in the automotive parts industry, Khan was familiar with Jacksonville long before purchasing the team. Jacksonville’s port at one time was the United States’ largest for automobile shipments, and Khan’s fledgling business brought him to Jacksonville’s Blount Island terminal to install his patented bumpers on the import vehicles.

Khan’s passion for the National Football League also took root long before his entry into the league. His dream of one day owning an NFL team began while watching games with his fraternity brothers in the basement of the Beta Theta Pi house as a student at the University of Illinois. Through the success of his own business, his dream came true 40 years later.

Khan is president and owner of Flex-N-Gate Corporation, the 14th-largest North American automotive supplier, which employs over 16,000 people at 52 manufacturing and nine product development and engineering facilities throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Spain. Flex-N-Gate’s products include interior and exterior plastics, lighting systems, mechanical assemblies, metal structural body components, and exterior metal parts.

Khan’s history with Flex-N-Gate started in 1970, when he began working at the company while he was an engineering student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A naturalized U.S. citizen, Mr. Khan came from his native Pakistan in 1967 at the age of 16 to attend college. When he graduated in 1971, with a B.S. in industrial engineering, he became Flex-N-Gate’s engineering manager. In 1978, Khan left Flex-N-Gate and with $13,000 in savings and a $50,000 loan from the Small Business Loan Corporation, he created the start-up Bumper Works, which revolutionized the industry through an innovative one-piece bumper design¬—a lightweight, continuous piece of metal with no seams to rust or corrode. His innovative design is still considered the industry standard for all seamless steel bumpers worldwide.

Bumper Works embodied two of Mr. Khan’s many strengths—a deep understanding of design and a strong entrepreneurial streak. When Flex-N-Gate came on the market two short years later, Khan purchased his former employer and brought Bumper Works into the fold. During the decade that followed, Flex-N-Gate transitioned from an aftermarket parts producer to an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Needing to expand his client base, Khan made sales calls for over five years to all the Japanese auto manufacturers, who, at the time, were more open to new ideas and working with smaller suppliers. This dogged determination resulted in Flex-N-Gate acquiring contracts for all the Japanese-produced trucks imported into the U.S. By the late 1980s Toyota had selected the Bumper Works facility to be the first American parts supplier to receive Toyota’s lean manufacturing training—an event Khan identifies as having a profound effect on Flex-N-Gate’s ability to grow and prosper.

Widely recognized for his vision, acumen and leadership, Khan has grown Flex-N-Gate both horizontally and vertically through integration of processes and commodities. From the company’s modest beginning with only the ability to stamp and weld the bumper shell, Flex-N-Gate has continually expanded to bring all the necessary processes in-house. This carefully planned expansion reduced costs and improved control, consistently making Flex-N-Gate more competitive in the industry. By leveraging what he learned working directly with automotive customers, Khan grew the company by purchasing other OEM facilities, expanding into different commodity types and broadening his client base.

Today, Flex-N-Gate has a global footprint reaching from Canada to Argentina and from the United States into Europe and Asia. The company’s clients include all of the major automotive manufacturers in North America, Japan and Europe. In 2007 Mr. Khan received the Minority Business Leadership Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council and Automotive News ranked Flex-N-Gate the 14th largest North American automotive supplier for 2010. When asked about Flex-N-Gate’s remarkable success, Khan is quick to humbly note that he is proof that the American dream is still alive and attainable.

In addition to success in the automotive arena, Khan has expanded on his interests in biofuels and structural engineering. With Bio-Alternative, LLC, Khan has brought together a team of industry leaders around the philosophy of biodiesel being an efficient, affordable, and sustainable energy alternative that should be widely and easily accessible. From refinery construction and catalyst sales, to site planning and business consultation, Bio-Alternative continually engages in extensive and ongoing research and development initiatives that ensure the company is always taking the next step in energy to provide customers with the tools necessary to maximize the benefits and values of biodiesel.

Shad Khan’s deep interest in developing engineering solutions to global infrastructure problems led him to start Smart Structures, which advances the technology of bridge monitoring, also known as structural health monitoring (SHM). The primary objective of a successful SHM program is to save or defer money for a bridge owner by using technology to assist in their bridge maintenance programs. Smart Structures has emerged as a technical leader in providing cost-effective bridge management packages.

Since early 2012 Shad and Ann Khan have focused their philanthropic giving in the Jacksonville community through the Jaguars Foundation. Through the Foundation they provided more than $1,000,000 in grants in 2012 to children’s and family programs, as well as other NFL and team-related initiatives. The Foundation also donated more than 11,000 charitable tickets with an in-kind value of nearly $500,000. The Khans’ charitable initiatives include a $1 million commitment to the City of Jacksonville as a partner in the Mayor’s initiative to military service members transitioning back to civilian life. The Khans also made a six-figure challenge matching grant to the North Florida Boy Scouts, contributions to fund Play 60 grants in partnership with Baptist Health, and grants to support community improvements. Khan also supported the One Spark event in Jacksonville in April of this year with a $1 million pledge to support creativity and innovation.

Mr. Khan has served as an active member on many University of Illinois boards, including the Engineering Board of Visitors; Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Alumni Board; MechSE Extern Program; University of Illinois Foundation Board of Directors; and the Presidents Council, and was inducted into the Engineering at Illinois Hall of Fame in 2010. Mr. Khan is the current president of the Chief Executives Organization, a global community of the top 2,000 leaders in the business, government, and non-profit sectors.

Along with his wife, fellow University of Illinois alum Ann Carlson Khan, the Khans’ gifts to the University of Illinois have enriched the university and community through donations to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the University Library; the College of Business; and the College of Applied Health Sciences, where they have funded five endowed Khan Professorships and the Khan Annex—a 24,000 square foot facility with state-of-the-art laboratories, instructional, and professional collaboration spaces. The Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on the University of Illinois campus hosted the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships.

In 2007 the Khan Foundation was formed to expand research in the Applied Health Sciences, with Mrs. Khan serving as the foundation’s president. Since its inception, the Foundation has given out more than five million dollars in grants nationwide—to libraries; organizations such as Crisis Nursery and the YMCA; and to UCLA for pediatric non-embryonic stem cell research. In 2011 Mr. Khan became a Lincoln Laureate, the state’s highest award for achievement given by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, for his philanthropic work in the state.

Mr. Khan shares his passion for the American dream with his family. The Khans have passed on their commitment to work and service to their two grown children, Shanna and Tony Khan. Tony is the Jaguars’ senior vice president, football technology and analytics.

FAQs on booking Shadid Khan

  • How do I book Shadid Khan to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Shadid Khan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Shadid Khan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Shadid Khan or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Shadid Khan

    Speaking fees for Shadid Khan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Shadid Khan are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Shadid Khan, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Shadid Khan speak about?

    Shadid Khan is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Commencement, University Speakers.
  • Where does Shadid Khan travel from?

    Shadid Khan generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Shadid Khan’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Shadid Khan for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shadid Khan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Shadid Khan or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Shadid Khan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Shadid Khan for your event is available upon request. Shadid Khan generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Imran Ahmad, John Paul Jones, Jon Favreau, Charles Kaiser and Jim Whitehurst. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shadid Khan for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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