Gary Mendell

Founder & CEO


Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. Mr. Mendell founded Shatterproof after losing his son Brian to addiction in 2011.  

Prior to Shatterproof, Mr. Mendell founded and was CEO of HEI Hotels & Resorts. During his tenure as CEO, he oversaw a portfolio of ~40 hotels, with revenues of ~$650 million and value of ~$3 billion. Since then, HEI has grown to over 65 hotels with revenues of over $1.5 billion under management.  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, the Industry Real Estate Finance Advisory Council and a charter member of President Obama’s Better Building Challenge. Mr. Mendell received his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and his MBA with distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.