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Shahid Khan
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Shahid Khan

On January 4, 2012, Shahid Khan became the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. His dream of owning an NFL team had become reality on December 14, 2011, in a unanimous 32-0 vote by NFL owners in support of his purchase of the franchise.

A longtime leader and visionary in the automotive parts industry, Khan was familiar with Jacksonville long before purchasing the team.  Jacksonville’s port at one time was the United States’ largest for automobile shipments, and Khan’s fledgling business brought him to Jacksonville’s Blount Island terminal to install his patented bumpers on the import vehicles.

Khan’s passion for the National Football League also took root long before his entry into the league. His dream of one day owning an NFL team began while watching games with his fraternity brothers in the basement of the Beta Theta Pi house as a student at the University of Illinois. Through the success of his own business, his dream came true 40 years later.

In the globally hyper-competitive automotive parts industry, Flex-N-Gate Corporation was ranked in 2015 by Automotive News as the 10th-largest original equipment supplier in North America and the 38th largest supplier in the world.  Flex-N-Gate employs more than 18,750 people at 55 manufacturing facilities and nine product development and engineering facilities throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Spain.  Flex-N-Gate’s major product lines include complete bumper assemblies, mechanical assemblies, exterior plastic trim, aluminum and steel modular stamped body-in-white and chassis assemblies, and complex welded structural assemblies for the light vehicle market. 

In March 2017, Flex-N-Gate Group further expanded its European presence by acquiring seven former Plastic Omnium businesses in Europe – four in France, one in Spain and two in Germany – thereby boosting the company’s ability to serve European OEM customers with capabilities and technologies that will enhance Flex-N-Gate’s existing international OEM relationships.

Khan’s history with Flex-N-Gate started in 1970, when he began working at the company while he was an engineering student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  A naturalized U.S. citizen, Khan came from his native Pakistan in 1967 at the age of 16 to attend college.  When he graduated in 1971, with a B.S. in industrial engineering, he became Flex-N-Gate’s engineering manager.  In 1978, Khan left Flex-N-Gate and with $13,000 in savings and a $50,000 loan from the Small Business Loan Corporation, he created the start-up Bumper Works, which revolutionized the industry through an innovative one-piece bumper design – a lightweight continuous piece of metal with no seams to rust or corrode.  His innovative design is still considered the industry standard for all seamless steel bumpers worldwide.

Bumper Works embodied two of Mr. Khan’s many strengths—a deep understanding of design and a strong entrepreneurial streak.  When Flex-N-Gate came on the market two short years later, Khan purchased his former employer and brought Bumper Works into the fold.  During the decade that followed, Flex-N-Gate transitioned from an aftermarket parts producer to an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).  Needing to expand his client base, Khan made sales calls for over five years to all the Japanese auto manufacturers, who, at the time, were more open to new ideas and working with smaller suppliers. This dogged determination resulted in Flex-N-Gate acquiring contracts for all the Japanese-produced trucks imported into the U.S.  By the late 1980s Toyota had selected the Bumper Works facility to be the first American parts supplier to receive Toyota’s lean manufacturing training—an event Khan identifies as having a profound effect on Flex-N-Gate’s ability to grow and prosper.

Widely recognized for his vision, acumen and leadership, Khan has grown Flex-N-Gate both horizontally and vertically through integration of processes and commodities. From the company’s modest beginning with only the ability to stamp and weld the bumper shell, Flex-N-Gate has continually expanded to bring all the necessary processes in-house. This carefully planned expansion reduced costs and improved control, consistently making Flex-N-Gate more competitive in the industry. By leveraging what he learned working directly with automotive customers, Khan grew the company by purchasing other OEM facilities, expanding into different commodity types and broadening his client base.

Today, Flex-N-Gate has a global footprint reaching from Canada to Argentina and from the United States into Europe and Asia. The company’s clients include all of the major automotive manufacturers in North America, Japan and Europe.  In 2007  Khan received the Minority Business Leadership Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council and has continued to earn honors throughout the world for his example as a successful minority business owner, which extends to the NFL as in 2011 he became the first team owner of minority ethnicity in league history.

Khan was named in August 2016 as chairman of the NFL’s influential Business Ventures Committee and joined the league’s NFL Network Committee while maintaining his seat on two committees, Health and Safety as well as Finance.  And his vision for international growth, both for his Jaguars and the NFL, has been celebrated throughout sports and business circles as he is the only team owner who made a long-term commitment to play one home game each season in the important London and UK market.  His initial four-year agreement to play one home game in each season from 2013 to 2016 was recently extended through 2020 with all games scheduled for Wembley Stadium, the national stadium of England.

In 2013, Khan complemented his sports club portfolio with his purchase of the London-based Fulham Football Club.  As chairman of Fulham, Khan became the only person in the world to own 100 percent of both an NFL club and a Barclays Premier League team.  In 2016-2017, Fulham is playing in the Sky Bet Championship division of The Football League.

Then, in September 2016, Khan purchased full ownership of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, regarded universally as one of the premier destinations in the luxury hotel segment anywhere in the world.  The property, located in the fashionable Yorkville neighborhood, continues to be managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and deepens Khan’s roots in Canada, where Flex-N-Gate operates 11 plants in Ontario.

Khan and his wife, Ann, are philanthropic leaders both in their newly adopted hometown of Jacksonville as well as in Illinois, where they met as students while attending the University of Illinois.  Since early 2012, the Khans have focused their charitable giving in the Jacksonville community through the Jaguars Foundation.  Through the Foundation, they provided more than $1.4 million in grants in 2012, $1.6 million in 2013, $1.7 million in 2014, $2.1 million in 2015 and $2.5 million in 2016.  These grants support children’s and family programs, the NFL/Jaguars Play 60 youth fitness program, military and veterans, women’s health issues, neighborhood revitalization and other NFL and team-related initiatives.  The Foundation also donates more than 11,000 charitable tickets each season with an in-kind value of nearly $500,000 annually.

In 2016, the Khan family made a $1 million donation to the Baptist Health - MD Anderson Cancer Center being built on the Baptist Health downtown campus in Jacksonville.  The Khans’ donation was matched to form a $2.25 million dollar endowment for the treatment of breast cancer.  The Khans’ charitable initiatives also include a $1 million commitment to the City of Jacksonville’s Veterans Resource and Reintegration Center, as a partner in the city’s initiative to provide comprehensive support for military service members and their families as they transition back to civilian life.  In addition, the Khans have made six-figure grants to the North Florida Boy Scouts, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, Ronald McDonald House of Jacksonville, the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge of Jacksonville, City Year of Jacksonville, the Yeardley Love/One Love Foundation, Edward Waters College and the Jacksonville Humane Society.

The Khans have also made gifts to the University of Illinois in many other areas through donations to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the University Library, the College of Business and the College of Applied Health Sciences, where they have funded five endowed Khan Professorships and the Khan Annex – a 24,000 square-foot facility with state-of-the-art laboratories, instructional areas and professional collaboration spaces.

In 2007, the Khan Foundation was formed to expand research at the University of Illinois in the Applied Health Sciences, with Ann Khan serving as the foundation’s president.  Since its inception, the Foundation has given out more than $5 million in grants nationwide to libraries, organizations such as Crisis Nursery, the YMCA and to UCLA for pediatric non-embryonic stem cell research. 

Khan has served as an active member on many University of Illinois boards, including the Engineering Board of Visitors, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Alumni Board, MechSE Extern Program, University of Illinois Foundation Board of Directors and the Presidents Council.  Khan was inducted into the Engineering at Illinois Hall of Fame in 2010.  

In 2011, Khan became a Lincoln Laureate, the state’s highest award for achievement given by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, for his philanthropic work in the state.  Khan also served as president of the Chief Executives Organization, a global community of the top 2,000 leaders in the business, government, and non-profit sectors.  

Khan shares his passion for the American dream with his family, and he and his wife Ann have passed on their commitment to work and service to their two grown children, Tony and Shanna. Tony is the Jaguars’ senior vice president for football technology and analytics.

 

Transactions

Date Transaction
09/19/2017 Jaelen Strong (WR) signed.
09/19/2017 Michael Bennett (DT) placed on reserve/injured list.
09/18/2017 Calvin Pryor (S) placed on reserve/injured list.
09/12/2017 Max McCaffrey (WR) signed.
09/12/2017 Allen Robinson (WR) placed on reserve/injured list.
09/08/2017 Calvin Pryor (S) claimed off waivers.
09/08/2017 Josh Walker (OL) signed.
09/08/2017 Dede Westbrook (WR) placed on reserve/injured list.
09/08/2017 Earl Watford (OL) released.
09/05/2017 Raysean Pringle (CV) signed to practice squad.

Injury Report

Name Practice Status Game Status
Bortles, Blake FP -
Gipson, Tashaun DNP -
Hurns, Allen LP -
Jackson, Malik LP -
Linder, Brandon DNP -
McCray, Lerentee DNP -
Ramsey, Jalen LP -
Strong, Jaelen LP -