Paul Saginaw – #VFX2019

Paul Saginaw

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

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.

Thursday, March 30th, 9:45 AM – Delivering The Zingerman’s Experience for 35 years and Beyond


Paul Saginaw and his Partner, Ari Weinzweig opened the doors of Zingerman’s on March 15th, 1982 with 2 employees and 25 sandwiches on an undesirable corner in Ann Arbor. Hear the story of the little corner Deli that could – and did – into a community of 10 different businesses and 60 Million in sales annually. Paul will share the trials and tribulations, what we learned, and where we are headed.