E!C Welcomes New Board Member Ira Kaplan

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E!C is proud to welcome our newest Board Member Ira Kaplan. Ira is the Managing Partner at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff, and aside from attending college in Rochester and law school in DC, he has lived in Cleveland his entire life. When asked why Ira decided to be on the E!C Board of Directors, he said “I believe strongly in the [Engage! Cleveland] mission and Gary Shamis (EC’s Treasurer) makes a compelling case that’s hard to say no to.” As a new board member, Ira sees E!C’s future role as a catalyst to Cleveland’s continued revitalization and growth as a place that young professionals choose to live and work. Speaking of young professionals, his advice to them is to constantly network within the community. He says, “We are made up of folks who genuinely want to help each other succeed. Take advantage of the great resources that Cleveland has to offer. Give back through becoming involved meaningfully in our community. The needs are great and the satisfaction tremendous.” His favorite things about Cleveland include the cultural resources, philanthropic efforts, dedication to childhood education, great park system, terrific restaurants, and the overarching fact that it’s a perfect place to live and raise a family.Welcome, Ira!



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