Alan Glazen founded Glazen Advertising in 1972 at the age of 22. The agency was the first “creative-owned” agency in Cleveland, and in 1990 became Glazen Creative, the first agency to exclusively offer creative services, with a focus on television and film production for organizations and broadcasters throughout the country. In NYC, the company was commissioned by PBS to produce a six show prime time series called “The Ethnic American Spirit,” which was nominated for a NYC Emmy award.
After selling his companies to their employees, Glazen started GlazenUrban, which guides and invests in young companies located within the City of Cleveland. His companies include ABC/XYZ THE TAVERN, CLEVELAND BAGEL, ERIE ISLAND COFFEE and TREMONT GENERAL STORE. In 2016, Alan was selected by LeBron James to be one of four “sharks” on his CNBC prime time series, CLEVELAND HUSTLES. Following in the footsteps of that series, Glazen is working with COSE, Neighborhood Progress and Fox 8 to premiere CLEVELAND CHAIN REACTION, which will air in 2017. Alan is on the USA Board of Spain’s IESE University, rated among the top 3 in the world. He was a co-founder of the Cleveland International Film Festival, and served as Mayor of the Village of Bentleyville.