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Adam Mendler      

CEO of The Veloz Group

Adam Mendler is the Chief Executive Officer of The Veloz Group, where he co-founded and oversees ventures across a wide variety of industries: Beverly Hills Chairs, a leading office furniture e-tailer; Custom Tobacco, a one-of-a-kind cigar customization e-commerce platform; and Veloz Solutions, a technology consulting and software development practice. Adam remains active in each portfolio company, providing strategic guidance and support. He also provides business thought leadership as a speaker to businesses, universities and non-profit organizations; as the host of the leadership and personal | professional development podcast Thirty Minute Mentors; as an expert regularly cited in national media outlets; and as an advisor, consultant, coach and board member.

Mendler utilizes his professional, entrepreneurial and managerial background developed through a unique set of experiences. He created both the Lessons in Leadership series in Thrive Global and the Thirty Minute Mentors podcast, where he regularly elicits insights from America's top leaders. He has conducted over 300 one on one interviews with leading CEOs, founders, athletes, celebrities, influencers and generals and admirals.

He has also written extensively on leadership, management, entrepreneurship, marketing and sales, having authored over 70 articles published in major media outlets including Forbes, Inc. and The Huffington Post.

Mendler has worked for D.E. Shaw & Co., then the largest hedge fund in the world, and for Credit Suisse; for the strategic planning groups at William Morris Endeavor and Universal Pictures; at TWC Sports Management, a leading sports agency; and on a successful presidential primary campaign. He has served as the Executive Producer of Virtually Israel; as a Strategic Partner and Advisor to Here Media; and as a consultant to the LAUSD. He is an advisor to the accelerator Fusion LA and to several early-stage companies.

Mendler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California, earning a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Political Science, and earned an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he received the UCLA Anderson Fellowship Award. He serves as Chairman Emeritus of the USC Alumni Entrepreneurs Network; on boards for the USC Alumni Association and the UCLA Master of Applied Statistics program; and as a founding member of the UCLA Anderson CEO Forum. A Los Angeles native and lifelong Angels fan, he loves sports, classic movies and TV, politics, physical fitness and backgammon.

Speech Topics


Creating Lessons in Leadership

Leadership: Leading in Today's Landscape

The Magic to Managing Millenials

Building a Winning Organizational Culture

What They Don't Teach you in Business School

The Mentorship Playbook

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