Ira Bryck, Helping Leaders Grow


IRA BRYCK 255 Strong Street, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002

Cell: 413 575 5850

Coach/ facilitator Giombetti Associates Leadership Training & Development (2019- present)

Coach/ chair Impact Peer Advisory Group (2019- present)

President Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley, Inc., Amherst, MA 2015- 2019

Director UMass Amherst Family Business Center, Amherst, MA 1994- 2015

Radio Host weekly host on WHMP’s Western Mass Business Show, interviewed hundreds of business owners and expert advisors 2014- present

Consultant/ Facilitator Family Business Problems? Ira Bryck, Solutions! 1994-present

President/Co-owner Barasch’s Better Kids’ Clothes, Freeport, NY 1976-93

Teacher/Co-director Central Community School, K-6 Open Classroom in Buffalo, NY 1975-76

Instructor regular guest speaker at several Western Mass MBA and undergrad business classes
Facilitator/Trainer for UMass Continuing & Professional Education; including focusing on strengths, creating a great workplace, idea gathering systems, improving morale and communication
Creator/Trainer for UMass Outreach (Continuing Education, public radio, agricultural extension, STEM, University Without Walls, Arts Extension Service) using improvisation actors to solicit ideas for improved customer service
Search committee member at UMass, as well as Strategic Planning committees for UMass Outreach

Conference presenter at 2 family business consulting organizations, one of educators and one of psychologists

Talk Show Host of weekly radio show, the Western Mass Business Show with Ira Bryck, where I interview business owners, expert advisors, authors, faculty on a range of business issues on WHMP am and fm, Northampton, Mass.

Designer/Consultant of family business trainings, planning sessions, mediations and retreats, including • strategizing generational transitions • determining whether to keep or sell • creating opportunity for the next generation • professionalizing family companies • conflict resolution • sharing the family vision • selecting successors • creating boards and councils • plotting preferable futures • theater and improv for trainings of various sorts

Presenter to many industry and educational groups, including Paperboard Box Manufacturers Assn, Pest Control Technology Assn, John Deere Retailers Assn, Piano Retailers Assn, International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Assn, Black McDonalds Operators Assn, Massachusetts Maple Producers Assn, New England Grows Conference, UMass Green School, MassMutual Life, Northwestern Mutual Life, Prudential Life, Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council, New England Business Brokers Assn, Social Venture Network, University Continuing Education Association and many more
Mediator trained at Franklin Mediation Collaborative
Mentor pro bono brainstorming with budding entrepreneurs around Pioneer Valley, helping them think through niche, marketing, growth, change
Mentor pro bono brainstorming with entrepreneurs who’ve left or closed their family business, or managers between jobs, to figure out next steps
Roundtable facilitator for tenants of business incubator, Springfield Technical Community College
Roundtable facilitator for groups of company presidents and key family members

Difference Makers, 2020, BusinessWest magazine’s annual honoring of people who’ve made a positive impact on the region

Innovative Program Award International Family Business Program Association
Innovative & Creative Programming AwardUniversity Professional & Continuing Education Association
First Place Award Alliance for Community Media, Northeast Video Festival for my play Wait Till Your Father Gets Home

Author of 3 plays about family business that continue to be performed globally: Perils of Pauline’s Family Business, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, A Tough Nut to Crack
Creator, Author, Editor of Related Matters newsletter 1994-2009, now online
Creator, author, editor of family business website
Author of family business advice column, Dear Ira: Fresh Air and Cold Water for the Perplexed Family Business
Author of website and blog for family business consulting practice, at
Interview Subject in numerous venues, including Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Business Week, Forbes, Nation’s Business, National Public Radio Marketplace, Fortune, CNBC, Family Business Magazine, Entrepreneur, Banker and Tradesman, Smart Money, and many other local, national, global publications and stations

Editorial Board Member Journal of Family Business Management (UK)
Member Family Business Study Group, Princeton, NJ
Member New England Regional Family Business Program Directors learning group
Member Family Business Alliance: annual conference of university based family business educators/program directors
Member Family Firm Institute: international organization of family business expert advisors
Committee Member Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Plan for Progress
Committee Member Town of Amherst, Mass. Town/Commercial Relations Committee 2004-2008
Board of Directors Member Brookfield Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) 1994- 1999

Board of Directors Member Clinical & Support Options (behavioral health agency) 2015- present

State University of New York at Buffalo BS Elementary Education, Sociology, graduated 1975
Pennsylvania State University 1971-72

Playwriting, cycling, hiking, travel, meditation, public speaking, poetry, cartooning

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