A business leader and entrepreneur with more than 40 years of experience, Ira Smolens co-established CarThink, LLC, a company that partners with thousands of new and used car retail clients. In the decades before founding the company with his partner, he started a media firm that created the first infomercials in the mid-1980s. Can You Be Thinner?, one such infomercial produced by Ira Smolens' company, generated more than $100 million in sales. Other infomercial products such as Anushka Anti-Cellulite, Dave DelDado, and the Hand Hammered Wok reached a similar sales milestone.
After selling his media firm in the early 1990s, Ira Smolens relocated to Florida and began placing capital in start-up businesses. He invested in Pound Ridge Products, a company that sells slimming garments through the Home Shopping Network, infomercials, and catalogs. Further, the company plans to launch its products in a retail environment.
Before embarking on his successful career, Mr. Smolens earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York in 1965. Following that, he worked as a systems engineer with IBM and as vice president with Commercial Applications for Informatics.
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