Paul Saginaw


Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig joined forces, to found Zingerman’s Delicatessen, and 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 Corn Man Farms, and Miss Kim’s. 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.

Position/Title: Chief Spiritual Officer, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses

Education: BS Zoology, U of M 1976 (after a 7 year undergraduate career)

Recognition: 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)

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