Ethan, 32, is CEO and president at MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, and loves spending time with his three daughters. Other than his career and family, Ethan finds time to give back to the community that supports him. A member of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, the Beachwood resident said every experience, no matter how small, adds meaning to his life and teaches him to value every moment. Using this personal mantra, Ethan strives to make a difference in the Jewish community through organizations like the Jewish Education Center, Cleveland Leadership Center, Cuyahoga County Workforce Development board and the MidTown Cleveland board.
What are your hobbies?
Golf and hanging out with my three young girls.
What one Jewish experience of yours stands out over others?
No particular experience stands out more than another, each experience no matter how small adds meaning to life and teaches me how to value the small and the large. This is the essence of my Jewish experience in addition to community and connection to others.
Why did you choose Cleveland?
On a whim. Michelle, my wife, and I thought this would be a great place to raise a family. Neither of us had connection here before coming. This was the best decision of our life. We can not imagine living anywhere other than Cleveland and believe that everyone should move here.
If you were the mayor of Cleveland, what would be your highest priority?
My top priority would be to find more ways to get individuals who are in poverty into the middle class, through the many in-demand jobs with family-sustaining wages that are available today. Solving these challenges means removing barriers (such as transportation) and would begin to balance the racial and economic inequity in our community.
What nonprofit organizations do you affiliate with beyond donating?
MidTown Cleveland Board – transforming MidTown into a thriving, innovative, city hub; Workforce Development Board – at the center of helping individuals find meaningful employment that is critical to the health of Cleveland; Jewish Education Center – educating the future generation; Cleveland Leadership Center – providing civic growth to our city.
Do you have an Israel experience?
First Birthright trip, then a short trip with the whole family and finally a few month stint before moving to Cleveland. All were amazing, leading wonderful introspection and connection to all. Most powerful memories are of wandering each day to the Wall under the bright sun. There is nothing quite like the peace of that place.
What role does Judaism play in your every-day life?
My entire community socially is based around those who I have met at Congregation Shaarey Tikvah. Each Friday night, every holiday and every Shabbat afternoon, it is the love and friendship of this community that fills my non-work life with joy. The old adage that it takes a village to raise kids is real in Cleveland because this is a very big Jewish village.
Who are your mentors?
My main mentor in Cleveland is my board chair, Felix Brueck, who has guided me at MAGNET and in life. His counsel as a role model and as an advice-giver to learn from is invaluable and beyond compare.
What, if any, Jewish youth groups were you involved in?
None. I grew up the only Jew in my rural Pennsylvania town. I drove 40 minutes to a small synagogue in Oil City each week, where we got a minyan every once in a while. My “youth group” was the warm and welcoming nine old men who joined my parents and me each week.
What was your first reaction when you learned you were selected as a 12 Under 36 honoree?
I was flattered by the honor and even more honored that so many individuals reached out to congratulate me. It was very heartwarming.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
If I go way back, it was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. When it turned out that career wasn’t viable, I turned to the much more lucrative “Guarder Ninja” – essentially a hired guard for a building or a safe who used throwing stars and super kicking instead of guns. I took a turn for the creative as a wannabe artist and finally a scientist.
Where and when was your bar miztvah?
In 2000 in Oil City, Pa.
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