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.
Paul Saginaw Featured on re:Work with Google
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
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
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)