Sunday, February 14, 2010
The Shahid Khan weekend reader
By Mike Sando
A few stories and items regarding prospective Rams owner Shahid Khan:
- Notes associated with a 2000 lecture he gave through the College of Business at Illinois: "Khan made slight changes in the answers so they apply to business and came up with the following: Never destroy the market while capturing it; play to your competitor's weakness; keep information to yourself; make strategic alliances to maximize strength; and get the maximum potential from your employees. These are the principles that underlie Flex-N-Gate's business strategy."
- A look at the tennis center Khan and his wife endowed at the University of Illinois: "Since his graduation from Illinois, Khan received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in 1999 and has served on both the College of Engineering Board of Visitors and College of Business Advisory Council. Additionally, Khan received an Honorary 'I' Award from the Varsity 'I' Association in 2006."
- Khan's profile posted by the National Minority Supplier Development Council: "Since 2000 Flex-N-Gate has been rapidly expanding its global manufacturing presence through acquisitions. The company has more than 40 manufacturing plants in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Spain and the U.S."
- A Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette piece with background on Khan's lawsuits against financial advisers regarding tax issues with the IRS: "The cases are being heard by Champaign County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Ford. A motion to compel arbitration in the case has been granted, but the Khans' attorneys have appealed that order to the 4th District Appellate Court."
- A 2007 story in the News-Gazette offering details on gifts to the University of Illinois: "Local residents Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan from the Khan Foundation gave $2.5 million to create five Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan professorships in the Center on Health, Aging and Disability in the College of Applied Health Sciences." More here and here.
- Illinois football coach Ron Zook is among those lauding Khan in this St. Louis Post-Dispatch profile: "He's not a person that anybody who meets him would ever know is as successful as he is. But he's a good person ... a very giving person. ... He's ... [always] looking for new ways to motivate people ... He's about people and what you have to do to be successful. He's consistent in what he believes and has strong confidence in himself."