Photo Gallery | Meet New Jags Owner Shahid Khan


1970 - Shahid Khan began working for the Flex-N-Gate Corporation.

1971 - Khan graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in industrial engineering.

1978 - After graduating, Khan continued to work at Flex-N-Gate until he started his own business in 1978.

1980 – Khan purchased Flex-N-Gate and remains the sole owner. Flex-N-Gate supplies products to the big three automakers, Daimler Chrysler, General Motors and Ford as well as for Toyota, Nissan, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen.

1999 – Khan is recognized by the University of Illinois Department of Mechanical Science and Industrial Engineering with a Distinguished Alumnus Award.

2000 – Flex-N-Gate begins to expand global manufacturing presence through acquisitions.

2003 – Khan acquired a controlling interest in Flightstar

2005 – Khan and wife Ann receive the 2005 Distinguished Service Award by the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

2006 – Kahn is recognized by the University of Illinois  College of Engineering with the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service. Khan gives the keynote address at the Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Procurement Fair in Toronto.

2008 - Khan took over operation of the Urbana Golf & Country Club facilities.

2011 February - Khan made an unsuccessful bid to purchase a stake in the St. Louis Rams in February. Khan was beaten out by majority owner Stan Kroenke.

2011 April – Khan along with four other Illinoisans receives the state's highest honor for achievement, the Order of Lincoln, from Governor Pat Quinn. Khan is recognized for shaping Urbana-based Flex-N-Gate into one of the nation's top 200 largest private companies.

2011 September – Khan and wife Ann make gift of 10 million to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to fund the new north addition of Huff Hall. The addition, known as the Khan Annex, houses programs of the College of Applied Health Sciences, including the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability and the Master of Public Health program.

2011 November – Wayne Weaver announces sale of the Jacksonville Jaguars to Kahn. The terms of the deal include a verbal commitment to keep the team in northeast Florida. The sale is expected to be finalized on January 4, 2012.



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