Building excellence is carried out through the ideas, values and people that are at the core of a company. Thus began the story of Ţiriac Holdings. Created at the initiative of Mr. Ion Ţiriac, the group currently brings together more than 40 local private companies, operating in the following main sectors: automotive, real estate, financial services, leasing, air transport and energy. In addition to the above, Ţiriac Holdings carries out activities in several related fields - surveillance and protection, property management, media services etc.
Irrespective of the field in which it operates, Ţiriac Holdings team is acknowledged for its professionalism, reliability, team spirit, promptness and open-mindedness, all of which are specific to the founder of the group, who left his unmistakable mark not only on the manner in which the activity of Ţiriac Holdings is conducted, but also on the competitive spirit and the business vision of each of its members.
Ion Ţiriac - a tennis champion and one of the most important sports promoters, both in Romania and abroad - graduated from the Institute of Physical Culture of Bucharest (currently known as the National Academy of Physical Education and Sport), being awarded with the title of Professor of Physical Education and Sports, with a major in tennis and basketball. That was just the beginning of the extraordinary evolution for Ion Ţiriac.
Between 1958 and 1964, Mr. Țiriac excelled as a professional hockey player, within the ”Știința” Sports Club of Bucharest and took part, as a member of the National Team, in the Ice Hockey World Championship and represented Romania at the Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck in 1964.
Additionally, from 1957 to 1972, he was also registered as a tennis player at Brașov ”Steagul Roșu” Sports Club and at Bucharest ”Dinamo” Sports Club, winning over 40 titles, including the Roland Garros tournament, together with Ilie Nastase (doubles) and taking part in over 150 Davis Cup matches representing Romania, including the three finals against the United States team. For his performances, Mr. Ion Țiriac was awarded the title of "Master Emeritus in Sports".
Coach, promoter, manager, consultant and organiser of tennis tournaments
After ending his career as a professional tennis player, Mr. Țiriac continued his activity within the sports environment and actively got involved in developing the career of some newly discovered talents, including:
Another side of the extensive sports career of Mr. Țiriac is represented by the ATP and WTA tennis tournaments, for which he acted as manager, adviser and promoter. The first such tournament is held in Kitzbuhel, for almost 30 years, until 2007. Between 1985 and 2002, Stuttgart witnessed one of the most important men’s tournaments, the Super 9 ATP. In 1996, Mr. Ion Țiriac brings to Romania the license for the Open Romania tournament, also acting as a consultant and promoter until 2003; the competition eventually became the largest event of its kind in Eastern Europe. Mr. Țiriac currently holds the license to this tournament. He was also a consultant and coordinator of the ATP Masters tournament, held in Hanover between 1996 and 2000. Between 2003 and 2008, Ion Țiriac is heavily involved in the Mutua Madrileña Masters, held in Madrid, which became, in 2009, a combined ATP and WTA event, the only tournament in the world to be held on 3 central open tennis courts and 2 indoor tennis courts.
Another sports field, namely swimming, also benefited from Mr. Țiriac’s experience. Thus, in collaboration with the News Corporation, he helped promoting the FINA World Championships (held in Perth - Australia in 1990 and 1998, and in Rome in 1994).
Between 1998-2004, while Mr. Ion Ţiriac was president of the Romanian Olympic Committee and Honorific President of the Romanian Tennis Association, Romania won 26 medals at Sydney Olympics in 2000 and 19 medals at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
1988 - Elite Management is founded in Monte Carlo, set up especially to guide and promote the sports-related activities of Mr. Țiriac;
1990 - Ion Țiriac Commercial Bank is founded, currently Unicredit Țiriac Bank;
1994 - The Children's House Foundation (currently the „Dumbrava Minunată” Foundation) is officially opened in Brașov, later becoming a home for some 100 orphans. The Foundation currently has 58 children in its care and has recently opened its doors for 24 senior citizens in need;
1994 - The first private insurance company is founded, that later became Allianz Țiriac, currently #1 on the Romanian market;
1994 - Ion Țiriac obtains the “rent-a-car” licenses for Avis and Hertz;
1995 - Metro Group enters the Romanian market having Mr. Țiriac as one of the major shareholders;
1997 - The Țiriac Group is created and it includes: