Considered a modern day business "Renaissance Man," Ira Blumenthal is the founder and president of CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Inc., an Atlanta-based consulting company that has counseled world class clients such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, Kroger, McDonald’s, Harrah’s, American Airlines, Disney, United Artists, Marriott, Exxon, Walmart and others in areas related to “branding,” “strategic alliances,” “change management,” “re-invention” and “business development.” Noteworthy, Ira has the distinction of being the single longest continually retained consultant in The Coca-Cola Company’s history (23 years).
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.
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, Debbie Fields, Dr. Richard Carlson 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 an Executive-In-Residence at Kennesaw State University. Before founding CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Ira was a top marketing executive at The Sara Lee Corporation and later served as President of Rymer Foods, a NYSE public corporation 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 has been on a number of boards.
Delivering over 40 speeches annually, Ira has delivered over 2000 in his career… to over 850,000 people on four continents, Ira has also served as the speaking “opener” for the likes of President George Bush Sr., General Colin Powell, Lech Walesa, the late Pakistani President Benazir Bhutto, Henry Kissinger, Tommy Lasorda, Bob Dole and others… and has lectured (and consulted) on four continents. Respected as a business development and branding leader, especially “personal branding,” Ira has been quoted and featured as a “subject matter expert in numerous media sources such as “The Wall Street Journal,” “USA Today,” “CNN,” “BrandWeek,” “Entrepreneur Magazine,” “Executive Excellence,” “Marketing News” and more.
Concurrent to leading his consulting company, Ira was the co-founder and former Executive Director of The Resource Center For Workforce Solutions… the architect of the CAFÉ (Center for Achieving Foodservice Excellence)… one of the co-founders of The Branding Institute and Ira also worked for Ted Turner and his daughter Laura Seydel, serving as the President of The Captain Planet Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on the development of environmental education programs for children and schools. In 2014, Ira assumed the prestigious role as the “Managing Director” of The Restaurant Industry Executive Council, a stellar group comprised of the CEO’s (no substitutions) of the top 35 restaurant chains in the U.S. Their mission is to enhance and/or protect the long-term economic vitality of the restaurant industry.
On a personal note, Ira is a tireless community activist and youth coach (coached both a state and national championship team). . .and in his own youth, was a "World Cup" athlete, as well as a collegiate Football and Lacrosse coach. Originally from New York, Ira lives in Hot-lanta, Georgia with his red-head Missouri bride, Kim. He is the father of two daughters and three sons… and has five grandchildren. In sync with Ira’s stellar, diverse career, his two favorite quotations “The true measure of a man is how many lifetimes he can cram into one…” and “The most important day in your life is the day you were born and the day you found out why…”
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