Ansir Junaid is an entrepreneur, business leader, and an embodiment of the American Dream. The first person in his family to leave Pakistan for higher education, as a student he quickly landed a job working at a gyro shop. From there, it was patently obvious to him that he needed to own his own business. Upon graduating with marketing and MIS degrees from Cleveland State University, Junaid went to work for Pepsi in procurement.
Today, Ansir is the founder, chairman and CEO of Prime Woodcraft, a group of companies involved in a range of enterprises including warehousing, pallet management, packaging supplies, recycling, supply chain management, transportation, cell phones, call centers, and hospitality. He has cultivated many successful companies from scratch and expanded PWC from a garage operation to a global business with customers including large corporations such as Wal-Mart, Limited Brands, Home Depot, Penske, UPS, Best Buy, Target, and Kroger.
Founded in 1998, Prime Woodcraft, one of Ansir’s first companies, is one of the largest pallet companies in the Midwest, with a network of over four hundred pallet manufacturers. With several locations across the country, PWC is among Crain’s 52 fastest growing companies in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ansir’s passion for the environment has made recycling and sustainability a key focus of PWC. He promotes the use of green technologies wherever possible in his business ventures, including in his recycling sorting facilities and transportation enterprises, and his companies also use energy saving warehousing lights and solar energy. Ansir is always searching internet-based green technologies that corporate America can benefit from to help the environment. In addition, Ansir has traveled to Africa and Asia to establish contacts for import/export opportunities and for sustainability projects which include green technologies, recycling sorting facilities and transportation.
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An active member of the community, Junaid takes part in various fundraising events such as Cure It, a cancer research charity, Rainbow Baby Hospital, Gilmore Academy, and The Citizens Foundation, running over 1,200 tuition free schools. He has actively participated in the development of 7 schools with TCF in remote areas of Pakistan. Beyond that, Junaid serves on the Sustainability Boards sponsored by GE and Chrysler to focus on environmental concerns. During his free time, he enjoys travel and playing golf. On a political note, Junaid exercises his civic duty by participating in the local political arena, and has developed close relationships with senators and congressmen.
Ansir has been a Clevelander for 25 years, and currently resides in Pepper Pike with his family.