Independent Broker Alliance

Executive Staff

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the Independent Broker Alliance (IBA) is a fully incorporated organization comprised of independent foodservice brokers who are well respected market leaders.  Each member has enjoyed great success, a wealth of trusted relationships and operates with a commitment to integrity and only the highest level of professionalism.   


Executive Director, Ira Blumenthal

Ira Blumenthal assumed the honor of becoming the Independent Broker Alliance’s first Executive Director in the Summer of 2015.  His focus for the IBA is simply defined as “…protecting the economic vitality of the IBA by providing value, efficiency and growth opportunities for its agency members…”   He served as a senior marketing executive for The Sara Lee Corporation as well as the president of Rymer Foods.  He founded and presides over CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Inc., an Atlanta-based consulting company that has counseled world class clients such as Coca-Cola, Disney, Nestle, Tyson, Sara Lee, Aramark and more. Ira received the industry’s "Key Person Award" (IFMA) as well as the NRA’s “President’s Award” and has received numerous industry honors. 

He has also been featured and quoted in most food industry publications (foodservice AND retail ) and media sources such as "The Wall Street Journal," "USA Today," "BrandWeek," "People," CNN, "Entrepreneur" and others…  He is a published author of Ready, Blame, Fire! and the nationally acclaimed Managing Brand You... the recipient of the coveted "George Washington Honor Medal For Literary Excellence" (Freedoms Foundation) and has served as visiting university instructor at both The Foodservice Institute (The University of Notre Dame) and The Food Industry Institute (Michigan State). Ira was also the inaugural “Executive in Residence” at Georgia State University’s School of Hospitality.  Very active in the foodservice industry, he manages “The Restaurant Industry Executive Council,” a group comprised of the CEO’s of the top 35 grossing restaurant chains in the U.S. and consults to The National Restaurant Association and The Women’s Foodservice Forum.  He is also an advisor to Winsight Communications, the host of the first Global Restaurant Industry Conference (Dubai, Oct 2016) and the parent company to “Restaurant Business” and “Foodservice Director” magazines and Technomic.

 

Associate Executive Director, Kim Blumenthal

Born and raised in rural Clinton, Missouri (mid-way between Kansas City and Springfield), Kim started her early work career out in retailing.  She later worked for her father who, for many years, was a successful food broker, then the general manager of a large regional foodservice distributor (Springfield Grocer).  Through that experience, Kim learned both the food brokerage and foodservice distribution sides of the business and excelled in areas related to marketing, customer relations and distribution strategies. After going to college, she met, and married, Ira Blumenthal, a food industry business development leader.  In 1990, they co-founded the food industry’s historic creation and development of “The Supreme Court,” a nationally acclaimed “grab n’ go” food court in an American supermarket.  Kim and Ira are respected by both retail and foodservice publications as giving birth to the trend of restaurant brands moving into the retail arena.   Together they founded their now 26 year old consultancy, CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Inc.   Kim managed a national foodservice educational program for longtime client Coca-Cola.  The program, called “ASK” (Always Share Knowledge), provided classroom and field training in foodservice for well over 500 sales and marketing professionals in over 30 states.  Kim serves CO-OPPORTUNITIES, Inc. as its Executive Vice-President and has directly worked on client activities for well over 100 restaurant brands and over 25 food manufacturers.  In 2015, she and Ira aligned with the Independent Broker Alliance (IBA) to lead that organization to new heights.  Serving the IBA as its Associate Executive Director, Kim’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, communication, special events and member services.

 

 

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