Considered a modern day "Renaissance Man," Ira Blumenthal has counseled world class clients such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, Kroger, McDonald's, Harrah's, American Airlines, Disney, United Artists, Marriott, Exxon, Wal*Mart and others in areas related to branding, strategic alliances,marketing, change management, re-invention and success. As president of Co-Opportunities, Inc., an Atlanta-based consulting company, Ira is a highly respected food industry visionary.
Delivering over 75 speeches annually, Ira has served as the "opener" for leaders such as President George Bush (Sr.), General Colin Powell, Tommy Lasorda, Bob Dole, Lech Walesa, Henry Kissinger and others…and has lectured on four continents. Recognized as a visionary business development expert, Ira has been quoted and featured in media sources such as "The Wall Street Journal", "USA Today", CNN, "BrandWeek", "Entrepreneur Magazine", "Executive Excellence", "Marketing News" and more.
Ira has a unique knack for engaging an audience. And while the audience is engaged, he educates them. One thing you can be guaranteed with Ira is that you never know what he's going to do next. He is an incredibly dynamic and knowledgeable speaker. ~ Chuck O'Dell, Division President MarriottAuthor and Expert
Ira is a published author. His successful first book, Ready, Blame, Fire! (Myths and Misses in Marketing) was followed by the nationally acclaimed Managing Brand You published by the American Management Association and printed in two languages and audio. It focuses on "personal branding."
Ira has also published over 200 articles on business development, change management and branding.He has also received numerous business and civic awards and honors, including The Educational Foundation's highest honor for his contributions to "…spirited, innovative business education." He is the recipient of the coveted "George Washington Honor Medal For Literary Excellence" (Freedoms Foundation).
Ira was awesome. He got a standing ovation at the end. Ira was fantastic! Thank you (addressed to the bureau that booked Ira) for sending us the BEST!!! He was wonderful. Everyone loved him and his style was perfect for the audience, time and theme. ~ Donna Fields, Vice-President, BellSouth
The former host of a popular radio talk show, "Success Talk," Ira has interviewed "success stories" such as General Colin Powell, Mario Andretti, Tommy Lasorda and other notables. He has been a visiting university professor at The University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University and was the inaugural "Executive-In-Residence" at Georgia State University's School of Hospitality and in 2012, was named Executive-In-Residence at Kennesaw State University. Ira was a top marketing executive at The Sara Lee Corporation and served as President of Rymer Foods, an organization he led to quantum leap growth from $90-million to over $200-million in three-plus years. He is the recipient of one of the highest honors in the food business, "The Key Person Award," and has been honored with numerous civic and professional awards... and sits on a number of boards.
"Ira has a unique knack for engaging an audience. And while the audience is engaged, he educates them. One thing you can be guaranteed with Ira is that you never know what he's going to do next. He is an incredibly dynamic and knowledgeable speaker."
"If Ira Blumenthal could pitch, field, and bat as well as he communicates, I'd own his contract. He's destined for the speakers Hall of Fame."
"Your seminar on co-branding was definitely a hit, and helped make this year's conference our biggest and best ever. We have had tremendous comments about your presentation from our distributors and employees alike."
"Here it is ten days later and I am still energized by your presentation. How the heck do you do that on a regular basis? What kind of vitamins are you taking? I think you could tell by the extended ovation that you were well received by the footwear executives."