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Alan Zekelman

Alan Zekelman An accomplished businessman and philanthropist, Alan Zekelman is a director of JMC Steel Group, the largest independent tubular products manufacturer in North America. He is the former president of Atlas Tube, a company founded by his late father, Harry, in 1984 in Harrow, Ontario. In December 2006, Atlas Tube was merged with JMC, which at the time was known as the John Maneely Company. JMC is headquartered in Chicago and operates 13 manufacturing plants in six U.S. states and one Canadian province.

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Zekelman holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. He received his MS in 1987 from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration. In 1990, Zekelman received the University of Rochester's Richard L. Rosenthal Award for Innovation in Investment Management/Corporate Finance.

After his father’s death in 1986, Zekelman and his brothers, Barry and Clayton, managed operations at Atlas Tube. Atlas is now among four JMC manufacturing divisions. The Zekelman family gained majority control of JMC last year.

A trusted Simon School advisor, Zekelman has served on the Executive Advisory Committee since 2010. Last year, he joined the Simon National Council and the Simon Campaign Committee. He delivered the Convocation keynote address in 2008 and participated on a Simon School panel at Meliora Weekend 2010. Perpetuating his family’s legacy of charitable giving, he and his wife, Lori Talsky-Zekelman, established the Lori and Alan S. Zekelman Professorship of Business Administration at the Simon School. He is a charter member of the George Eastman Circle, the University’s leadership annual giving society.

Actively involved in multiple boards in his community, Zekelman serves on the governance committee of the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus. He is a member of the board of trustees and treasurer of the American Friends of Bar-Ilan University, an Israeli institution from which Zekelman received an honorary doctorate in 2009. He serves on the Board of Overseers of Yeshiva University's Yeshiva College as well as the board of Menachem Education Foundation. Zekelman is a board member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, is a board member and officer of the United Jewish Foundation, serving on its investment committee. He is also a board member of the Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network as well as the American Friends of Yahad-In-Unum. Zekelman is a director of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chai Center, which three years ago honored him with its Community Pillars Award.

The Zekelmans live in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and have three children, Ariel, Jonah, and Leah.