Each year, we ask locals to nominate Hunterdon County’s most influential people – men and women who are shaping the community, influencing their industries, and making a difference. Dozens of amazing stories were submitted about passionate and committed locals. At Hunterdon Happening, we salute all those who wake up every morning with the intention of leaving the world just a little bit better.
10 outstanding individuals have been named the Top 10 Movers & Shakers of the year, and we have the honor of sharing their stories on Hunterdon Happening. Meet Ira Flood, the founder of Tip Medical Communications in Tewksbury.
Hunterdon Happening: Where did you attend school?
Ira: I went to Loyola high school in Los Angeles and then graduated from UC Santa Barbara.
Hunterdon Happening: What motivates you every morning?
Ira: I challenge myself to be the best person I can be in my business and personal life. I am motivated by the connections I make with my clients and designing new technologies that assist them in helping patients. I also find it exciting to lead my staff and watch them learn and grow professionally. However, my greatest motivators are my three little children. We make it a point to have family dinners and take turns sharing the details of day. At the end of the day, I answer to them. It’s important to me that they know Dad helped others and performed his work with integrity and passion.
Hunterdon Happening: What would you say is your idea of a perfect day?
Ira: A perfect day would be a Sunday when we have nothing really planned. The family would head over to Gourmet Expressions in Lebanon for brunch, then I would play eighteen holes with my buddies. The day would end in my backyard, maybe a BBQ and beers.
Hunterdon Happening: Who inspires you?
Ira: My wife, Jennifer, inspires me. She phenomenal – the most loving and selfless person I know. Jen gives 150% to the kids and me. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for her belief in, and love for, me.
Hunterdon Happening: How did you decide to create TIPMed?
Ira: I was thinking about starting TIPMed when my friend and mentor, Wayne Bos, shared words of wisdom that pushed me to do so. He said there are only three things someone needs. The first is knowledge, and you can get this from books, and friends. The second is courage, and you can get courage from family, friends and a lawyer (if needed). The last is action, and this is where 99% of people fail. He told me to take my knowledge and courage and put those things into action.
Hunterdon Happening: Which achievement are you most proud of?
Ira: I am proudest of my marriage, my family, and my businesses.
Hunterdon Happening: What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
Ira: The early days of TIPMed were pretty challenging. Jen and I got married in February 2009, I left my job to start TIPMed in May, and we were pregnant with our first child in June. That same month, a couple partners got cold feet and backed out of the business. It would have been easy let go of my dream of self-employment, but I was determined to make it work.
Hunterdon Happening: What is the biggest accomplishment that you’d like to achieve over the next 5 years?
Ira: A few years ago, I started my second business, AnyEvent LLC. AnyEvent is an application that helps groups connect at conferences/large meetings. We have given the AnyEvent platform to non-profit organizations so that they can manage their events at little or no cost. This excites me and I hope to help a lot more charitable groups in the next few years.
Hunterdon Happening: How do you think your friends & coworkers would describe you?
Ira: I think my friends would say that I am very outgoing. I’m the guy who makes sure everyone is having a good time.
My colleagues would describe me as enthusiastic, focused and driven. I expect a lot from my staff, but make it a point to celebrate our accomplishments.
Hunterdon Happening: Where’s your favorite place to go in Hunterdon County?
Ira: I love downtown Clinton. The family and I like getting lunch at Clean Plate, an ice cream cone at JJ Scoops, and then dropping by the Clinton Book Store.
Hunterdon Happening: You can take a time machine back to visit yourself 10 years ago. What advice would you give?
Ira: I’d tell myself not to worry because everything is going to turn out great. I’d remind myself to be responsible with my finances and health. I’d also let myself know that the girl sitting in the farthest cubicle is my future wife.
Hunterdon Happening: Same question 10 years in the future.
Ira: Again, I’d tell myself not to worry because everything is going to turn out great. I’d remind myself to take care of my health and finances. I’d tell myself stories of when my kids were little in case I forgot the details.