Ronn Torossian just returned from Israel on Tuesday and wow, what a whirlwind change a few days can make. Last week I walked the streets of Jerusalem with a former client, and friend, a senior employee of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism who told me that he expected tourism to be at an all time high… This morning, 2 close friends told me they weren’t boarding their planned flights to Israel.

5WPR does a tremendous amount of work in Israel, and I find the business people there to be among the most fascinating in the world – Hard working, smart, focused and aggressive…. Our kind of people. They show up to work no matter what the circumstances and in the face of difficulty. They are tremendously focused and driven – Whereas I have seen this city shut down by a simple transit strike, Israelis continue living normal lives no matter what the circumstances.

5WPR and Ronn Torossian is opening an office in Israel in the next few weeks to better serve the burgeoning technology and corporate companies which exist there. It will be our first global office and I am excited about it.

A few comments:

I view this as part of the continuation of what will soon be known as World War 3 – Western Civilization against Militant Islam. I pray and hope Israel will thrive.

America and worldwide business will be affected the longer this battle goes on in a variety of ways – From gas prices to stock markets and the very many products which originate in the region… Intel, Microsoft and countless others have offices in Israel.

Business in Israel is among the most advanced anywhere in the world outside of the U.S. – These brilliant minds need to be watched very closely for their amazing wisdom. Excited for our Israel PR office. Excited for Israel PR office.

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Ronn Torossian is the Founder, President and CEO of New York-based 5W Public Relations. He has overseen the company's rapid growth and expansion to the Inc. 500 list, as well as provided counsel to hundreds of companies, including members of the Fortune 500, Inc. 500 and Forbes 400. His work spans global interests, corporate entities, high-profile individuals, regional business entities, government agencies and academic institutions - both on routine public relations matters and extremely sensitive issues. One of the foremost public relations experts in the U.S., Torossian is known for his aggressive, results-focused orientation, as well as his close working relationships with members of the media, influencers, decision makers, politicians and celebrities. At 5W Public Relations, Torossian's client experience has included programs for Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Anheuser-Busch, Barnes & Noble, Cantor Fitzgerald, IHOP, McDonald's, Evian, EDS, VeriSign, XM Radio, Seagram's, The Loews Regency, Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment, Marriott Hotels, Vail Resorts, Pamela Anderson, Snoop Dogg, the Government of Israel, and others. Referred to by The New York Post as a "publicity guru," by Fox News as a "high-powered PR CEO," by Tyra Banks as a "crisis management guru," and by CNN as "a leading PR expert," Torossian is regularly featured in and quoted by the media, including by CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NBC, The New York Times, and others. CBS National News said "Ronn Torossian knows spin," and a New York Times feature story on Torossian referred to him as "The consummate hard-driving, scrappy NY publicist." Earlier in his career, Torossian was a Vice President/Group Director for one of The InterPublic Group's (IPG) largest PR agencies, where he was responsible for significant client growth and successful client programs, including work for Clinique, Fox News Channel, DHL, Hard Rock Café and others. A resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Torossian was named to the Advertising Age "40 Under 40" list, PR Week's "40 Under 40" List, is a regular lecturer at universities and conferences, a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a board member of numerous non-profit organizations.