Ira H. Silverman is known as "The Connector" because he uses specific strategies, technologies, research acumen, investigation skills and a life-long collection of contacts to bring together people and organizations who have problems, questions, public relations and marketing needs, challenges, wishes and/or opportunities with individuals and groups who solve problems, cut through red tape, fulfill wishes, open doors to opportunities and simply say "Yes."
When Ira Silverman was a teenager growing up on Long Island, NY, he wasn't sure what career path he wanted to take. All he did know was that he yearned to be in a creative field where he could utilize his quick mind, his writing skills, and his desire to "help people." He never dreamed that his two main passions at the time - - sports and entertainment - - would turn out to be his life's work, as well as the path to reaching his humanitarian objectives.
"Being Creative" and "Making a Difference" always seemed to be the defining factors of everything Ira did right from the time he entered Syracuse University in the late 1960's. While at SU, Ira got involved in numerous campus activities and projects, including serving as President of the Hillel Freshman Council and as a Goon (freshman advisor) in his sophomore year; writing for the school's daily newspaper and weekly newsmagazine; coordinating ticket sales for off-campus concerts; getting involved in campus and state-wide elections; coordinating the music presentations at Syracuse home basketball games; and assisting the Orangemen's Sports Information Director at basketball games. Despite all of these extracurricular activities, Ira still had time to earn dual BA degrees in Newspaper Journalism from the Newhouse School of Communications and in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship with Dean's List grades.
Following graduation from SU, Ira earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from American University in Washington , DC, where he majored in Urban Affairs. While in our Nation's Capital, he helped launch Ralph Nader's Public Interest Research Group ( PIRG), wrote a weekly college basketball column for the university newspaper and served as a Graduate Assistant to one of his Urban Affairs professors.
From there, Ira's first job in the public relations field was with M. Silver Associates in Manhattan, where he served as an Account Executive from 1974-78. He then he joined Padilla & Speer's NYC office as a Senior Account Executive; and then, in 1980, became a partner in the Taylor & Silverman Communications firm. In 1984, he opened the Silverman,Warren/Kremer agency; and in 1996 established the full-service Silverman Media&Marketing Group firm as the company's sole proprietor. In 2009, he added Ira Silverman Communications to his company resume.
While Ira Silverman has become known throughout the industry as one of the most creative, inventive, resourceful and well-connected executives in the public relations, marketing, special events, charity fundraising and celebrity representation fields, he also has been recognized for his integrity and honesty; his strong writing talents; his ability to integrate ideas, people and companies together for the mutual benefit of all parties; and his remarkable talent to get a job done expeditiously, in a first-class manner and within a set budget.
Because of his knowledge and communications skills, Ira has served as an Adjunct Professor in Sports Management in the Master's Program at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, as a special guest and panelist on various News 12 Long Island broadcasts, as a speaker to undergrad and grad school sports management and public relations classes at NYU, Hofstra and Adelphi Universities and as a columnist for Long Island Golfer magazine and the consumermojo.com website.. He also has volunteered countless hours of his "spare" time to serving as Vice President of the New York City Board of Directors of the National Music Foundation, as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Nassau County (NY) chapter, as a member of the National Public Relations Advisory Board of Syracuse University, as a Dinner Committee member for the Annual Island Harvest "Taste of the Harvest" Celebration Dinner, as a Planning Committee member for the AJC-LI Chapter Gold Outing, as a member of the Planning Committee for the National Kidney & Urology Foundation Hat & Author Luncheon and many other commitments.
In addition, on the "giving back" front, Ira has been involved in countless other activities for non-profit, civic and educational organizations, including assisting in the creation and launch of Jim and Jill Kelly's Hunter's Hope Foundation, the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, the Boomer Esiason Foundation, Hakeem Olajuwon's Dream Foundation, the Tariq Abdul -Wahad Youth Foundation and Nicole Bobek's Touching the Heat-Raising The Spirit Campaign; as well as working directly with Schneider Children's Hospital, Special Olympics, The Boys' Club of New York , Guvat Haviva Educational Foundation in Israel, numerous individual Boys & Girls Clubs around the U.S, the Association for the Help of Retarded Children, the Tourette Syndrome Foundation, Huntington Hospital, the Trey Whitfield School, Pal-Of-Mine, the Kidney & Urology Foundation and many more 501(c)3 organizations..
"To me, being successful, both in business and in life, has always meant being able to commit your time and resources to helping people by making a difference in their lives," Ira states. "If that definition is correct, then I think I've been very successful in my life."
Ira has lived on Long Island for most of his life. He has two sons - - Zalmo Scott Silverman, a Public Relations and Political Science graduate of Syracuse University who resides in Morristown, NJ, with his family, and Jake Silverman, who is a Junior majoring in International Relations at Brandeis University near Boston.