December 12, 2013 — Ira A. Shapiro, DC, director of the Plaza Chiropractic Center in Old Bridge, N.J. was recently named Business Leader of the Year during the 2013 awards dinner held by the area’s Chamber of Commerce.
“It was a privilege to honor Ira’s long-standing contributions and allegiance to the community and our many neighbors,” said Russ Azzarello, a trustee on the Chamber of Commerce and the former mayor of Old Bridge. “I’ve known Ira for decades and his efforts have been tireless on the local, national and international levels. He was the ideal choice for this year’s award and the perfect model for future recipients.”
“I was both humbled and gratified by this honor,” explained Shapiro. “I am extremely fortunate that one of the constants throughout both my professional and personal lives has been the support of the community, which has always been a continual source of pleasure, joy and fulfillment. I will never tire of giving back to the people that have been so good to me.”
During his career, Shapiro has received numerous awards and distinctions. He was elected a fellow of the International College of Chiropractors (FICC) in 2012 and previously received the Sports Doctor of the Year award from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness, Distinguished Service Award from the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors, Pro Sport Outstanding Service Award, Certificate of Recognition from Senator Vincent J. Gentile, Sports Chiropractic First Frontier Circuit Doctor of the Year and the Sports Chiropractor of the Year award provided by the New Jersey Chiropractic Society Sports Council.
In addition, Shapiro has attended to the chiropractic needs of thousands of athletes competing in hundreds of regional, state, national and international events. In the summer of 2004, Shapiro became only the 9th chiropractor ever selected to the medical staff of any U.S. Olympic event. As an official member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic medical team, Shapiro offered his expertise to nearly 550 American athletes participating in the Olympic games in Athens, Greece. Nearly two years later, he also became the first chiropractor ever named to the medical staff of a second U.S. Olympic team when he was chosen by the U.S. Olympic Committee to work with more than 220 U.S. athletes competing in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
Source: Plaza Chiropractic Center