NEW YORK, New York (WYTV) – A local businessman is hoping his encounter with the nation’s next president this week will be the first of many more to come.
Youngstown businessman Bruce Zoldan, owner of BJ Alan Company, retired Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown, and former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis, met Trump at Trump Tower in New York City Tuesday
Zoldan said he helped facilitate the session with President-elect Donald Trump to talk about Brown’s “Amer-I-Can” program to help young people reach their full academic potential.
“He was very receptive, funny, cracked some jokes and understood very well, and said he was ‘in,’ that he would work with us,” Brown told CNN.
WYTV 33 News caught up with Zoldan Thurday and asked him about his encounter with the President-elect.
“The graciousness, the intelligence, the reception we got was fantastic,” Zoldan said.
Zoldan said he and Brown have been close friends for years and recently came up with the idea of meeting with the incoming President. After several phone calls, the meeting was arranged.
“We went there for two hours. There was a board meeting, and we sat at a board table in Trump Tower,” Zoldan said.
Zoldan said Trump was especially excited to meet the former Browns running back, but spent time talking with everyone in the room. The session ended with Trump making a comment about the very table where they were all seated.
“The President-elect said I want this same board table to be in Washington, D.C. after I’m inaugurated in January,” Zoldan said.
Zoldan said he and Brown never met Trump before and revealed that they both voted for Hillary Clinton. Zoldan said Trump was aware of that, but politics stayed out of the discussion. He said he was impressed with Trump and would be attending his inauguration.33 News senior reporter Gerry Ricciutti talks more about his conversation with Bruce Zoldan on WYTV 33 News beginning at 5 p.m.