Founder and CEO, Shatterproof
• Advocacy Track: Advocating for Change
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Gary Mendell, MBA, is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a national organization committed to protecting our loved ones from addiction to illicit and Rx drugs and alcohol, and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease. Mr. Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the death of his son Brian, who lost his battle with addiction in 2011. Prior to Shatterproof, Mr. Mendell founded and was CEO of HEI Hotels & Resorts. Prior to HEI, Mr. Mendell was president of Starwood Lodging Trust and a member of its board of trustees. Mr. Mendell is a member of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, a charter member of President Obama’s Better Building Challenge, the Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies, and Drugs Over Dinner. Mr. Mendell received his bachelor’s from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.