Called Es’hagh Pesare’ Ebram Johood, “Es’hagh son of Ebrahim the Jew,” while living in Iran, Isaac Yomtovian’s Persian roots can be traced back 2,500 years.
Born in Tehran, Yomtovian was raised in a Jewish neighborhood a stone’s throw from the Marble Palace of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. Following his high school graduation, he immigrated to Israel, volunteered in the 1967 Six Day War, and subsequently attended the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. In 1971, Yomtovian arrived in the United States and began coursework in the Department of Water Resources Research at the University of Nebraska, where he ultimately obtained a Master of Science degree. In 1974, he attended Cornell University, where he conducted post-graduate work in Agricultural Engineering and Operations Research.
After moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1978, Yomtovian opened his first engineering firm, Enviroscience, and married Roslyn Kaplan, MD z”l. In 1988, he and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1990, Yomtovian obtained a Master’s of Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University. In addition to writing and lecturing on topics related to Iran, Yomtovian is a land developer active in both residential and commercial real estate in New York and Ohio. Yomtovian is also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, a member of the American Arbitration Association, and a Distinguished Citizen of St. Cloud, Minnesota, and Lincoln, Nebraska.
He is the owner of the Yomtovian Land Development Group, the author of My Iran: Memories Mysteries and myths and the father to four girls.