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J. I. Harris & Associates

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J. I. Harris & Associates

Background Information

Employment History

Comfort Products Distributing

Life Director

National Center for Learning Disabilities Inc


The Buoniconti Fund

Vice Chairman
The Pritzker Organization , LLC

Life Trustee
Museum of Science and Industry

Board Member
Palm Beach Civic Association

Life Trustee
Northwestern University

Life Trustee
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Member of the Advisory Board
Kellogg Graduate School

Life Member of the Board of Directors
Kravis Center

Palm Beach Country Club

Member of the Executive Committee
Salomon Brothers

Member of the Advisory Board
The Bernardin Center

Board Member
Watsco , Inc.

Senior Partner and Member of Management Committee
Lazard Ltd

Member of the Advisory Board
Granbery Marache

Board Member
Manpower Inc.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.


bachelor's degree

business administration

University of Michigan

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J. Ira Harris

Chairman of J. I. Harris & Associates, a financial consulting firm in Palm Beach, Florida, he is active in a great variety of health care, education and civic organizations. A native of New York City, J. Ira Harris graduated from the University of Michigan in 1959.

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"If you put in a total effort, the rewards will come."
J. Ira Harris was born in 1938 in the Bronx, New York. He began working when he was only eight, selling newspapers door to door. He was so successful in this enterprise that he won his first sales contest.
During high school, Harris's mother became ill. She had always wanted to see her son go to college, but she was not expected to live long enough for that to happen. Harris worked hard and graduated in 3-1/2 years. At the age of 16, he began his higher education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It was one of the few quality schools that accepted freshmen in the spring semester. In this way, he had granted his mother's last wish. She passed away at the end of his first semester in college.
Harris worked his way through school in a variety of jobs. He delivered laundry, served as a waiter in a sorority house, and refereed intramural sporting games. In 1959, at the age of 20, he graduated and began his financial career selling mutual funds door to door in New York City. In 1961, he joined Granbery Marache and Company, the predecessor of Blair and Company, as a securities salesman. His research reports soon developed a strong following among leading institutional investors.
In 1964, Blair sent him to Chicago to revive their faltering Midwest operation. The 26-year-old Harris soon turned the Chicago and Midwest office into a leading moneymaker. In 1969, Salomon Brothers offered him a partnership, making him the first outsider brought in from another firm in that capacity. Through his expertise in corporate mergers and acquisitions, Harris brought major new clients to the firm.
Recognized as one of the nation's most creative investment bankers, Harris is acknowledged to have advised on some of the most creative and important corporate deals. In 1988, he joined Lazard Freres & Company as a senior partner and member of its management committee. In 1998, at the age of 60, he established J. I. Harris & Associates, a financial consulting firm.
Recently Harris said, "Hard work, ambition, and self-confidence all play a role in success.

J. Ira Harris Steps Down from Manpower Inc. Board of Directors

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Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) has announced that J. Ira Harris is stepping down from its board of directors after 11 years of service, effective today.

"I've reached a point in life where it is necessary to balance my business and personal priorities, so I've decided that it is time to step down from my role on the Manpower board," said Harris. "Manpower has been one of the most interesting companies to be associated with over the years, and I've enjoyed every one of my 11 years of service on the Manpower board," he added.
Harris is Chairman of J. I. Harris & Associates, a consulting firm, and Vice Chairman of The Pritzker Organization, LLC, a merchant banking investment management services firm. He was Senior Managing Director of the investment banking firm of Lazard Freres & Co., LLC until December 1997. He joined the Manpower Inc. board of directors in August 1991.
"Ira has been a great asset to Manpower and its shareholders, working through several interesting transitions -- from the Blue Arrow transition through the CEO succession," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman & CEO of Manpower Inc.
"I want to publicly thank Ira for his service to our company and wish him well in his many other endeavors."
The Manpower Inc. board of directors has initiated its normal succession planning process and will be reviewing candidates to replace Harris in the near future, according to Joerres.

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J. Ira Harris Chairman, J. I. Harris & Associates

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