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Ira Blumenthal
The Food Industry
"Renaissance Man"

Ira Blumenthal is the 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, Albertson's, TGI Friday's, United Artists, Disney, Sara Lee, Wal*Mart, Marriott, Circle K, Fairmont Hotels, Brinker, General Mills, Hampton Inns and more…

Highly respected as a food and hospitality industry visionary, Ira received one of the highest honors in the industry as its 1990 recipient of "The Key Person Award" (IFMA). His list of industry honors and awards are many. He has also been featured and quoted in virtually every hospitality and food industry publication (foodservice AND retail), as well as media sources such as "The Wall Street Journal," "USA Today," "BrandWeek," "People," CNN, "Entrepreneur" and others… These media sources have used Ira as a food and hospitality industry subject matter expert.

He is a published author. . .the recipient of the coveted "George Washington Honor Medal For Literary Excellence" (Freedoms Foundation). . .the former host of a popular radio talk show ("SuccessTalk"). . .and has served as visiting university instructor at BOTH The Foodservice Institute (The University of Notre Dame) AND The Food Industry Institute (Michigan State University). He has also guest lectured at many institutions, including The Culinary Institute of America, commencement exercises at the University of Houston and more… Ira is also the first "Executive in Residence" at Georgia State University's School of Hospitality.

As a food industry leader, he created the first restaurant-branded food court in an American supermarket. . .is founder of the food industry's "Branding Institute". . .has been credited as one of the early pioneers of "home meal replacement". . .and has led in the conversion of over a dozen foodservice brands into retail consumer packages. . .and is a frequent speaker and EDUCATOR on food, foodservice, retail and restaurant related issues. Delivering over 75 speeches annually, Ira has served as the "opener" for notables such as President George Bush (Sr.), General Colin Powell, Tommy Lasorda, Bob Dole, Lech Walesa and others…and has lectured on four continents. He is highly respected as a knowledgeable and passionate speaker.

While serving as the catalyst and dynamic strategist working for The Coca-Cola Company and The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, Ira co-founded and is the former Executive Director of the Resource Center For Workforce Solutions. Ira also sits on the board of the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association.

On a personal note, Ira is a committed leader in the fight against hunger. . .serves on a number of industry boards… is a tireless community activist and youth coach. . .and in his own youth, was a "World Cup" athlete, as well as collegiate Football and Lacrosse Coach. Originally from New York, Ira resides in Hot-lanta, Georgia with his redhead Missouri bride, Kim. He is the father of two daughters and three sons.

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