Ira joined Foster Farms as director of marketing services in 2007. He currently oversees the company's advertising, public relations, issues management and digital communications. Prior to Foster Farms he had a 24-year career with the E. & J. Gallo Winery, lastly serving as vice president of marketing services and as a member of the Gallo Executive Management Committee overseeing the vintner's global advertising, consumer research and packaging functions. Ira has been responsible for ground breaking communications and branding efforts, including a series of new product launches. He was a pioneer in the use of digital media. He has a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from New York University. Ira currently resides in Modesto with his wife Jean and two dogs.