While there is no guarantee that a business will work, one prized skill that certainly raises the chances is the ability to see change before it occurs and maneuver your business to be at the head of the change before any other business. This skill is what has helped Gregory James Aziz lead National Steel Car Ltd into its 100-year birthday in business.
Greg James Aziz has served as Chief Executive Officer for National Steel Car Ltd as well as their Chairman of the Board for National Industries Inc, because he can set this business in the pathway of change. Decades ago, he did this by seeing that steel would no longer be the lucrative product it once was and moved National Steel Car Ltd to become mostly a transport company. This resulted in several key contracts, many of which were over $750 million apiece. This skill has served him well and will continue doing so. ISO have recognized the growth of the company awarding it the ISO 9001:2008 certification, and was consistently a recipient of the TTX SECO award for quality, for over a decade.
After the 100 years celebration, Greg Aziz returned to his office and began thinking about the future. What would it take to keep National Steel Car Ltd in business for the next 100 years? What changes were on the horizon that he had to prepare for? As he thought about it, the reality hit him. The world was becoming more loyal to green energy and consumers viewed any non-green company with disdain. Legislatures in both Canada and United States were against the rail industry and would do what they could to shut it down. Before now, he had spent money on lobbyists to advocate for him. However, he knew it was only a matter of time before stricter laws were set in place. Greg Aziz knew what he had to do. He had to prepare for that change. View More Information Here.
Greg Aziz called the executives the next day and laid out his plan. They would create a railcar for the future, one that would travel faster, carry more weight, and use fewer emissions. Research and Development were put at the head of the project, and in just three short years National Steel Car Ltd had a railcar that would use 90% fewer emissions and carry 50% more weight. Just a few months later, Canada passed stricter regulations that they thought ended the rail industry. It was then that Greg Aziz revealed his new rail car, and being the only company that could compete under these regulations, dominated the industry.
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