Northwood University to Host Zingerman Co-Founder Ari Weinzweig

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Northwood will host two lectures on Monday, November 12.
Ari Weinzweig, co-owner and founding partner of Zingerman’s Delicatessen.

Ari Weinzweig, co-owner and founding partner of Zingerman’s Delicatessen.

November 9, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University will host two lectures, including an evening lecture open to the public, by Ari Weinzweig, co-owner and founding partner of Zingerman’s Delicatessen in Ann Arbor. These two lectures will take place on Monday, November 12, on Northwood’s Midland Campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive as part of its Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration.

At noon, Weinzweig will speak at a private luncheon open to the press in the auditorium of the Sloan Family Building for Aftermarket Studies. The luncheon will formally kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week at Northwood and provide students, student-entrepreneurs, faculty and staff a unique opportunity to engage Weinzweig up close and personal to learn firsthand from one of America’s leading practitioners of Open Book Management.

At 6 p.m. as part of Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise lecture series, Weinzweig will address the topic “The 12 Natural Laws of Business—Responding to the Other ‘Energy Crisis’” explaining how Open Book Management is practiced at Zingerman’s and how it contributes to our society as a whole and makes it better.

The lecture will take place in Griswold Lecture Hall on Northwood’s Midland campus (the community is reminded that the Whiting Road entrance to the campus is closed at Cook Road—visitors should use the Saginaw Road entrance). There is no admission charge and members of the community are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served afterward.

“This is an excellent opportunity, both for Northwood and those living in the Great Lakes Bay region, to learn how and why Open Book Management is forever changing the way we run our businesses,” explained Georgia Abbott, director of the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise at Northwood University. “Weinzweig’s story is remarkable not only for the bottom-line profits it generates but also even more because of the personal transformation it brings out in those who embrace and practice it,” she continued.

For more information, contact Georgia Abbott, director of Northwood University’s Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise, at 989.837.4479 or


Ari Weinzweig moved to Ann Arbor from his hometown of Chicago to attend the University of Michigan. After graduating with a degree in Russian history, he went to work washing dishes in a local restaurant and soon discovered that he loved the food business. Along with his partner Paul Saginaw, Ari started Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1982 with a $20,000 bank loan, a staff of two, a small selection of great-tasting specialty foods and a relatively short sandwich menu. Today, Zingerman’s is an Ann Arbor institution and the Zingerman’s organization has a 500-person staff, annual sales of over $40,000,000 and serves over 500,000 visitors every year.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.