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OPEN Chicago’s Monthly Meetup - Feb 28th, 2016

  • February 28, 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 1146 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


  • Free Admission

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OPEN Chicago’s monthly meetup - Feb 28, 2016

OPEN Chicago is proud to present Azam Khan and Omair Siraj as keynote speakers for the Feb’ 16 monthly Open Chicago meetup. This OPEN-Chicago meetup is an opportunity for young entrepreneurs and professionals to learn from experiences and insight of industry leaders.

Azam Khan and Omair Siraj will share their life journey and some insights about their respective industries

When: 10:00 am to noon Sun, Feb 28, 2016

Where: 1146 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Cost: Complimentary


The objective is to provide an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals to network with industry leaders and learn from their personal experiences.

Who attends?

Startup Founders and Co-Founders


Developers and Programmers


Mentors and Advisers

Investors and Service Providers (legal, finance, marketing, etc.)

Thank you: We would like to thanks Aamir Ghaffar for hosting this event at his office space and our Charter members.

Azam Khan

Azam Khan is Managing Director of AllPoints Foodservice. Azam was born in Lahore and raised in Toronto, Canada. Azam has been living in Chicago since 1981.

Enjoy motorcycle rides in spring and summer, rebuilding old cars, movies, travel and socializing with friends. Enjoy mergers and acquisition part of business life, successfully completed 42 acquisitions, formed 7 companies and exited 3 companies in commercial foodservice, one in gaming industry, one in physical therapy.

Started foodservice career in 1981 as an accountant for Consolidated Restaurant Services, Chicago, IL.

Co-founder – Consolidated Commercial Controls, 1983 a component manufacturer and distributor to commercial food equipment industry.

2006 Joined Pfingsten Partners, a Chicago private equity firm – Formed AllPoints Foodservice - Exited at over $120 Million

2010 Joined KRG Capital, a Denver private equity firm – Expansion of AllPoints Foodservice into 5 brands. Exited at over $300 Million in annual sales. Managed acquisition activity of physical therapy chain.

2015 Joined New Mountain Capital of New York, Formed Diversified Foodservice, as a unbranded platform company to facilitate acquisitions in foodservice industry. DFSI now owns seven brands engaged in distribution of commercial foodservice parts, supplies and equipment.

Omair Siraj

Omair Siraj is a Chicago based health care entrepreneur since 2008, serving as the Founder & CEO of Chestnut Health Company, Inc. (CHC). Chestnut has emerged as a newly established platform catering to the major regulatory shift in the health care industry under Obama Care (ACA 2011). It comprises of a complete network of health care service companies and service lines that primarily focus on providing patient centric care that promotes the recent regulatory demands on providers i.e. to participate in risk based programs to achieve higher levels of population health at a lower cost, across the complete continuum of care. This includes establishing comprehensive care management programs for patients at acute care facilities, sub/post-acute and long term facilities, as well as at home setting. The service lines include the practice of hospital medicine, Rehab medicine/SNFist practice, community based office medicine, home visiting medicine and home health care. Currently, the service lines are offered in about 20 counties of Illinois, including all the major counties of Chicago Metropolis.

In October 2015, Omair completed the exit of his initial startup, Hosptial Medicine Consultants, LLC, which was successfully acquired by IPC Healthcare (NYSE: TMH) based out of California - the nation’s largest publicly traded hospital based medical practice, grossing over $700 Million per annum.

Prior to entering the health care industry, Omair was serving as the Director of Global Resource Mobilization at NCHD - an international consortium between United Nations and the Government of Pakistan to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2000. Omair was based at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Islamabad (2003 – 2007). This initiative allowed him to lead in building global partnerships between Pakistan and the international donor community as well as corporate and individual donors based in the US, UK, Canada, Japan and UAE. These efforts raised over $30M during his time over there. The prime function of this initiative was to advance Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Health for All programs for women and children at the grassroots level in Pakistan. One of the breakthroughs of this initiative was winning the first grant for women’s health education in Pakistan directly from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the amount of $5 Million. Some of the other partners included, USAID, UNF (Ted Turner), Lockheed Martin USA, DFID UK, CIDA Canada, JICA Japan, Prince Charles Foundation UK, Shell UK, Abraaj Capital UAE, Sheikh Nahyaan Al Mubarak Al Nahyaan UAE, Telenor PK, Unilever PK, AKD Securities PK and Nestle PK.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Omair was back in Chicago at the leading investment bank - Merrill Lynch, which had then, the largest amount of assets under its management globally, in the amounts of over $1 Trillion.

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