Introduction by Ira Riklis
Background Of Ira Riklis
Educational Background & The Early YearsIra 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 ExperienceAfter 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 InvestorFrom 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
Ira Riklis - The CEOIra 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 WorkThe 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 BlogsFor 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:
- Ira Riklis Humor Blog
- Ira Riklis Trivia Blog
- Ira Riklis Yoga Blog
- Ira Riklis Tel Aviv Blog
- Ira Riklis Travel Blog
- Ira Riklis Charity Blog
- Ira Riklis Food Blog
- Ira Riklis Health Blog
- Ira Riklis Car Blog
- Ira Riklis History Blog
- Ira Riklis Technology Blog