Founder & CEO
Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, the first national organization committed to protecting our children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs, 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. HEI oversees a portfolio of ~40 hotels, with revenues of ~$650 million and value of ~$3 billion. 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 B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and his MBA with distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.