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Mr. Joseph Rubin alumnus, class of 1956

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Joseph RubinWhere does one begin to describe Mr. Joseph Rubin? His many accomplishments are intertwined like the roads of a superhighway – and all roads lead to an incredible life and career paved with talent and achievement. I suppose we should start here – in Liberty – in 1956 – when Mr. Rubin left the hallowed halls of Liberty High School – not the high school on Buckley Street, but what was originally LHS on Main Street. As each letter of recommendation within Mr. Rubin’s application, submitted by Mr. Ward Blade, explains: this was the LAST class to matriculate before the school became a centralized district. Obviously a source of great pride for the class of 1956.

In those day, Mr. Rubin was known as being a high achiever, and words that describe him include “quite intelligent, a GREAT debater, a high energy, outgoing and much admired student, friend and classmate. One can find the reason for this in another recommendation letter – once we learn that he is one of five “intelligent and talented brothers,” Mr. Rubin’s talents were obviously survival based, as anyone from a large family can attest to.

Mr. Rubin went on to obtain a Liberal Arts undergraduate degree from Columbia College (Columbia University), his Juris Doctor from Harvard University and, as if that weren’t enough, two more advanced degrees in international relations and political science from Columbia University. A Fulbright scholar, he studied Central American economic integration. His studies were later extended by Congress to conduct a comparative study of economic integration in South America.

In 1968 he began practicing law as an associate and special counsel, establishing his own practice, Joseph Rubin and Associates, in 1981. In 1986, he founded Rubin & Bailin, LLP with partner Marc Bailin a law firm that specializes in international and domestic corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and international transactions for medium and large corporate and individual clients who conduct business in the U.S., South America, Western Europe, the former Soviet Republic and Asia.

Not one to follow a single road, Mr. Rubin returned to his alma mater, Columbia University, in 1973, where he began his teaching career. For more than thirty years he taught law and business courses at the Columbia University School of Law, the School of International and Public Affairs and the Graduate School of Business in the MBA, Executive MBA and Special Executive Programs. Throughout his tenure he taught numerous management programs on mergers and acquisitions, conducted seminars on problems of foreign companies doing business in the USA; instructed executives on international law and international regulation; Created programs on the foreign reach of U.S. laws such as antitrust law; created and directed programs for Soviet executives to deal with the problems of privatizing industry in the USSR and instructed Chinese executives on real estate development, finance and regulation of the telecommunications industry.

In his spare time, he also served as a visiting lecturer at such prestigious universities as The Wharton School, NYU, Vanderbilt University, Rutgers School of Management, Fordham School of Business and Yale University. He served as an international consultant to companies, institutions and governments in the Amercias, Europe and Asia on strategic planning and the privatization and stimulation of entrepreneurship; he also consulted to law firms on foreign corporate and commercial law and international structuring. In addition, he served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee on International Business Research and Education at Columbia University.
In 1990, Mr. Rubin founded Executive Training International, LLP, a global executive training institute that consults with U.S. and foreign entities on corporate organization, management, international tax planning, international mergers, acquisitions and trade.

From 1995-2007, Mr. Rubin served as the Executive Director for the International Technical Assistance Program for Transforming Economies, or ITAP through the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, a program that provides education and executive training programs in business management, finance, marketing and entrepreneurship to managers in the former socialist states and developing economies.

He has served as a co-founder or member of the Board of Directors of more than 20 companies, in fields such as medical and wellness, biotech, fast food, e-mail and internet technology, real estate, and education. He has authored articles and conducted lectures on international law and privatization.

A world traveler, Mr. Rubin has visited 132 countries and speaks four languages (and can conduct research in two more). A passionate artist, he plays trumpet and Baroque recorder, taught Latin American Dance while in college (learned right here at Grossinger’s), studied opera singing, has appeared on screen in movies and is an avid photographer.

Photography not only allowed Mr. Rubin to document the many wonderful places he has visited, but has provided yet another road down which he has earned critical praise and accolades for his talent and “life passion.” His photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times and many university publications, where he served as the official photograph for Columbia University. His work is currently sold at prestigious art auctions in Europe and the U.S., and his work has been exhibited all over the world. A collection of his images is on permanent display in the Ixchel Museum in Guatemala and limited-edition prints of Mr. Rubin's photographs have been purchased for private collections and commissioned pieces.

A book of his photography, “Reflections,” was published in 2010 and was inspired by the streets of New York City. The photographs in “Reflections,” and in many of his pieces portray the fantastical, colorful reflections in office building windows, storefronts, shiny vehicles, puddles in the street, and iconic New York locations such as the Lake in Central Park.

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