Founder and Co-Managing Director of A.B. Data, Ltd. (“A.B. Data”), Mr. Arbit oversees the day-to-day operations of the A.B. Data Group of companies, employing almost 400 people in the United States and Israel.
A Milwaukee native who has attended the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Arbit lived in Israel for five years. He lived at Kibbutz Gesher Haziv, in northern Israel, and studied at the University of Haifa and Oranim Academic College. Upon his return to the United States, he founded Arbit Books. This firm was the genesis of what soon grew into the A.B. Data Group.
A.B. Data is the premier specialist in the United States in database marketing for constituency development and for nonprofit and political direct mail fundraising. The firm’s clients in the nonprofit world have included the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, the Environmental Defense Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Yad Vashem, B’nai B’rith, the United Jewish Appeal (“UJA”), the United Jewish Communities, and the Jerusalem Foundation. A.B. Data’s political consulting clients have included the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; United States Senators Carl Levin, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Joe Lieberman, Tom Daschle, Frank Lautenberg, Howard Metzenbaum, John Kerry, John Glenn, Paul Simon, Alan Cranston, Herb Kohl, Ted Kennedy, Bill Bradley, Amy Klobuchar, and Bob Casey, Jr.; and President Barack Obama.
A.B. Data’s work in class action litigation support includes the firm’s employment by the Court in the now-famous Swiss Banks Class Action Case and its work for the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, in which the company’s job was to identify, contact, and inform survivors of the Holocaust in 109 countries, reaching out to millions of people who together spoke more than 80 languages.
Mr. Arbit is the Chairman of the Board of Integrated Mail Industries, Ltd., Asset Development Group, Inc., and Home Source One. He has also been a member of the Boards of Directors of University National Bank and State Financial Bank prior to its acquisition by Associated Bank.
He is also a member of the National Direct Marketing Association, the Direct Marketing Fundraising Association, and the American Association of Political Consultants.
Mr. Arbit has been a regular delegate to the Jewish Agency for Israel (“JAFI”) Assembly, serving on its Immigration and Absorption Budget Committee. A member of the Board of Governors of JAFI since 2002, Mr. Arbit serves on JAFI’s Olim Associations Budget Committee and on the JAFI Owned Companies Committee, Education Committee. He is a member of the JAFI Executive and chairs JAFI’s Personnel for Jewish Education subcommittee. He also serves as Co-Chairman of JAFI’s Educational Resource Development Committee, overseeing all of the agency’s shlichim (Israeli emissaries) worldwide and an annual budget of nearly $30 million.
In addition, Mr. Arbit is a past member of UJA’s Young Leadership Cabinet and a Solicitation Trainer for UJA’s National Training Center. He is also a past President of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and also served as its Treasurer, its General Campaign Chair, the Chair of its Israel & Overseas Committee, and a member of its Jewish Community Relations Council. He is also a member of the Board of the Milwaukee Jewish Community Foundation.
Mr. Arbit is also Chairman of United Israel Appeal and previously served as its Secretary. He is also the Treasurer and a former Secretary of JTA, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, renowned as “The Global Jewish News Source.” He also serves on the boards of JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) and the Habonim Dror Foundation.
He has also served on the Boards of Trustees of the Milwaukee Jewish Home for the Aged, the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Milwaukee Jewish Community High School, Keshet, and the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (“CAJE”), and has been a member of The Wexner Foundation.
A recipient of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Benjamin E. Nickoll Young Leadership Award, Mr. Arbit in 1996 was also named Direct Marketer of the Year by the Wisconsin Direct Marketing Association.