Considered a modern day business "Renaissance Man," Ira Blumenthal is the founder and president of CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Inc., an Atlanta-based consulting company that hascounseled 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.
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." 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, and other notables. He has been a visiting university professor at The University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University. Ira was a top marketing executive at The Sara Lee Corporation and later served as President of Rymer Foods and 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/"
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.
Concurrent to leading his consulting company, Ira was the co-founder and former Executive Director of The Resource Center For Workforce Solutions… 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 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, and in his own youth, was a "World Cup" athlete, as well as a collegiate Football and Lacrosse coach. 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…”
- Strength In Numbers (Alliances)
- Change Is Inevitable. Growth Is Optional (Change)
- Brand-Building For Your Future (Branding)
- Myths and Misses in Marketing (Business Development)
- The DNA of Success (Success)
- Managing Brand You (Personal Branding) (Popular!)
Branding, Change, Success, Business, Marketing, Partnering
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"Ira was a HUGE hit at the banquet! I’m still hearing from people about how memorable and great our event was (many say it was the best Awards Banquet we’ve ever had). Our company has been around for over 30 years and has done these types of banquets for years, but they’ve never hired a true professional speaker of Ira’s caliber." - Senior Villages Management
"The way you personalized the talk, involved individuals in the process and tied the message to Todd's situation and market place was outstanding. In my 25 years with Todd, we have never before had a standing ovation for an outside speaker. Congratulations!" The Todd Organization
"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." - Footwear Industries of America
"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." - Marriott
"You have single-handedly given this course a distinctive image on campus. 'Is Ira coming this year?', is the familiar phrase. You belong in the classroom. As a business executive, you play an extraordinary role in bridging the gap between the campus and the world of work." - Michigan State University