Ira came to Lakeland in 1981 to attend Florida Southern College, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduation, he remained in Lakeland, working first in private industry for a long distance telephone carrier in 1986 and then joining a local CPA firm in 1987. He has spent the last 30 years working for local or national CPA firms overseeing their audit practices, serving companies in numerous industries, such as construction, real estate, manufacturing and distribution, and agriculture, with various complex accounting and auditing issues.
Ira is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also Certified in Florida Sales and Use Tax (CFST) in the State of Florida. He has served on many not-for-profit boards, including Lakeland City Baseball, The Polk Museum of Art, The Polk Theatre, Girls, Inc., and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Polk County. He’s a Past Chairman of the Lakeland Economic Development Council and a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class XII. Ira’s married to Alisa and has three children, Ian, Ava, and Asher. When he’s not working, you will find him at a local sports field coaching or supporting his children.