Monday, July 28, 2014

Ira Riklis - A Short History Of The Life of Mr. Riklis

Introduction by Ira Riklis

Ira Riklis
Ira Riklis
Hi, My name is Ira Riklis. This blog post is to tell you a little about me, my background and my interests. You can also visit my LinkedIn profile (Ira Riklis) for a short summary of my professional background, and feel free to visit my Google + page where I share many posts and interesting tidbits!

Background Of Ira Riklis

Educational Background & The Early Years

Ira Riklis was born in the United States to Meshulam Riklis and Judith Stern. Ira attended the Wharton School of business for an undergraduate degree in Economics and Entrepreneurship from 1973 to 1976. He continued on to complete a post-graduate program at the Wharton School of Business in 1977 where he received an MBA in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Work Experience

After graduation Ira decided to jump straight into entrepreneurship and put his education to work! He opened Ice Cream Ira's Inc. in 1979 which he lead until 1985. From 1999 to 2001 Ira Riklis was the driving force behind Investor BusTV. In 2004, Mr. Riklis was elevated to the C-Suite where he became CEO of Matrix Security. Ira teamed up with his cousin in his love for the arts to produce the move: "The Lemon Tree" in 2007. You can see the movie database here.

In 1988, Ira became a partner in Charter Sports. Charter Sports was a luxury ski rental shop. Mr. Riklis pioneered programs that catered to celebrities and lead the company to be the only Ski store listed in Travel & Leisure Magazine each year. Mr. Riklis enjoyed a 22 year career at Charter Sports.

Ira Riklis - The Investor

From Ira's deep roots in entrepreneurship, it wasn't long before he became an investor and mentor to several companies. Here is a small list of some public investments:
  • BuyerLeverage - 2001-2010
  • Asset Alliance - 2002-2010
  • Seguin Partners, LLC - 2008-2011
 Mr. Riklis is also the President of Sutherland Capital Management, Inc. which is a private investment fund. Mr. Riklis is currently the President of the company.

Ira Riklis - The CEO

Ira Riklis became the CEO of SNiP Telecommunications in 2007. SNiP provided high quality data, telecommunication and application services. Mr. Riklis concluded his term with SNiP in 2010.

Another CEO role held by Mr. Riklis, and one he currently holds today is CEO of Lydia Security Monitoring Inc., which is better known for its name: C.O.P.S. Monitoring. Mr. Riklis has lead the company to become one of the largest security monitoring companies in the world.

Board Memberships & Charitable Work

The Wall Street Journal recently covered Mr. Riklis in a story about his views on charity and his charitable background. The article was titled: "Ira Riklis Gives Early and Often". Mr. Riklis also dedicates his time to charities through various boards that he sits on.

From 1990 to 2010, Ira sat on the American Committee for the Tel Aviv Foundation. Ira is also a fan of promoting 501(c)3 charities around the United States by featuring them on one of his many hobby blogs! The blog is called the "Charity Blog By Ira Riklis".

Ira Riklis Hobby Blogs

For those who know Ira, he is an avid blogger! Mr. Riklis loves to maintain an active presence on the web and tries to share his experiences and interests with others. As part of this interest Ira has developed almost a brand of different hobby blogs! Here is a full list of the blogs and you can access each one by clicking on the link below:

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