Ira Tatelbaum has specialized for more than thirty years in entrepreneurial family and closely held business development, management transition and governance. He was raised in a family business, and opened his first venture as a menswear retailer in 1975. Ira went on to found businesses in China and the former Soviet Union and spent fifteen years as a member of the Board of Directors of a $100 million public company. At the forefront of trends in each of his endeavors, he was among the first Americans to import consumer goods from China and export product to the former Soviet Union. In pursuit of these ventures, he has traveled widely in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and continues his activities and relationships in China and Russia.

Ira has served as a director or advisory council member of several closely held companies and has advised companies in a wide variety of industries, including retail, wholesale, distribution, manufacturing, and services. As an outside director of his family’s publicly traded company, Mr. Tatelbaum was an integral part of a team that oversaw the company’s transition from family to professional management. More recently, Mr. Tatelbaum advised a multinational, closely held family business on formation of a Council of Advisors of which he was a member for almost ten years. Prior to becoming a member of the Narva Team, Mr. Tatelbaum was a consultant to Genus Resources, Consultants to Family Business.

Mr. Tatelbaum has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald for pioneering work done by an American company in the former Soviet Union. He continues his entrepreneurial bent as a founder and CEO of Sentrum Marketing, LLC, which imports books and other materials from Russia and China for sale to public libraries throughout the United States. For the last fifteen years he has also managed his family’s real estate interests and coordinated the interactions and activities of the eight family members who own the business. Ira has five children and four grandchildren. He and his wife Diane, who has partnered with him in several business ventures, have lived with their three sons for more than thirty years in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Ira has five children and four grandchildren. He and his wife Diane, who has partnered with him in several business ventures, have lived with their three sons for almost thirty years in Quincy, Massachusetts.