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 attended the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Arbit lived in Israel for five years, at a Kibbutz 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 and digital 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 Jewish Federations of North America, and the Jerusalem Foundation. A.B. Data’s political consulting clients have included the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional 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, the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, and every other Holocaust Era Asset Restitution effort 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 30 languages.
Mr. Arbit is the Chairman of the Board of Integrated Mail Industries, Ltd. He has also served as a member of the Boards of Directors of University National Bank and State Financial Bank. He is the Past Chairman of Asset Development Group, Inc., Home Source One, and American Deposit Management. 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 served on the Board of Governors and was Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel (“JAFI”). In addition, Mr. Arbit is a past member of UJA’s Young Leadership Cabinet and he is also a past President of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and past Chairman of the United Israel Appeal. He has served on the boards of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (“JTA”), 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. He currently serves as chairman of the Jerusalem-based Pincus Fund for Jewish Education.
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.