Texas Spring Reception Honorees
Ophir Laizerovich was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1978. Ophir’s parents, Sara and David Laizerovich, emigrated from Israel to the United States in 1970 to study and raise a family. They have four wonderful children, Orone, Ophir, Leeron, and Neta-lee all of whom have a strong connection with Israel. In 2001, Ophir married his high school sweetheart, Sharron Schwartzberg. They have three amazing children; Ben (12), Ethan (10), and Shayna (5). In raising their three children, they have made it a point to spend as much time in Israel as possible. They have traveled to Israel since each of their children were a year old, spending time with family and friends, and seeing a familial side from those who live and thrive there.
Ophir graduated from the University of Kansas in 2001, majoring in Business Administration and minoring in International Business. He also received his Master’s in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. Over the past years, Ophir has been working with various organizations. In 2012, he started his own company, Conversion Squared dba LeadThink, with his business partners Steve Happas, CEO and Ophir’s father, David Laizerovich, COO. Having built the company from the ground up, they work with top brands such as Match, OurTime, Zoosk, FirstMet, Mate1, FantasySpin, and several others. Ophir’s organization does business with many others around the world, including 10 in Israel. One of his greatest passions is being a large supporter of helping companies grow in Israel.
Louis Marx was born and raised in Dallas. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Texas with a double major in Marketing and Economics. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dallas with a concentration in Corporate Finance. Louis began volunteering in the Dallas community in 2003, at the request of his father. Since then, he has logged an average of over 150 hours of volunteer work per year. Large efforts have been dedicated to three organizations; the Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association (as former president), Hillel’s of North Texas (served on the board of directors), and the Bnai Zion Foundation Texas Region (current Vice President of the board). In addition, Louis has volunteered over the years for Jewish Family Service, The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, The Stewpot, Christian Community Action, and on the Board of Directors for one of the Homeowner’s Associations (from his previous residence).
Louis is currently working in supervisory compliance for the Merrill Edge division of Merrill Lynch. Aside from his work and volunteering, he is also a collector of classic pinball machines and arcade games. In addition to other time commitments, Louis and his close friend Marcus Trevino run pinball leagues and charity pinball tournaments sanctioned by the IFPA in venues all over the North and East Texas areas. Louis plays pinball competitively and is currently ranked in the top 1,800 out more than 45,000 competitive players in the world. The Marx Family even hosts an annual pinball fundraiser in the game rooms found in their home in Garland. They plan, execute, and underwrite the entire event themselves. Thus all money raised goes to the Bnai Zion Foundation and one other charitable organization.
Louis and his wonderful wife, Kimberly, who also volunteers in the community, have four children David, Aja (Asia), Harrison, and Scarlett ranging in ages from 2 to 16.
Chris Schwarz was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. He earned his CPA in 2003 from St. Edward’s University. He became an Officer in 2009 after beginning his career with a Dallas firm of 25 CPAs. Chris opened his own Practice in 2012 to be closer to his clients and keep in touch with their needs. He is an asset to them in consulting on tax savings strategies, financial awareness and financial planning for their businesses.
He is very active in the community. He is committed to helping the families of those that serve and protect our freedoms by running into danger which most people would run away from. Chris joined the board of Snowball Express Foundation in 2011. In 2014 he became the Vice-chairman and CFO, serving the children of our fallen military. Events are held to connect surviving spouses and children so they may heal communally. Chris is also Vice President of the Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas where they provide support for the families of fallen Police and Firefighters. He started chairing a golf tournament in 2010 which provided funds for underfunded police departments in the area. He was a board consultant before joining the Board in 2015.
Chris’s involvement with children who have been harmed by extraneous situations, drew him to Ahava Village for Children & Youth at Risk, a Bnai Zion project for abused and neglected children in Israel. Chris has a big heart for Israel and finding another cause which grabbed his heart, he committed to help raise money for these disadvantaged children in Israel. When it comes to serving Chris says, “Making time for volunteering is a juggling act, but when you find the cause that grabs your heart you commit to it and you won’t regret it.”
Chris lives in Wylie, Texas, with his wife Shanna and two children, Avery (6) and Payne (3). Chris’ love of cars has become a family affair as they enjoy local car shows and spending time together in the garage.