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Adam Mendler

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. Adam also provides business thought leadership as a speaker to businesses, universities and non-profit organizations; as the host of the hit leadership podcast Thirty Minute Mentors; and as an expert regularly cited in national media outlets.

Adam utilizes his professional, entrepreneurial and managerial background developed through a unique set of experiences. Adam 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. Adam has conducted over 300 one on one interviews with leading CEOs, founders, athletes, celebrities, influencers and generals / admirals. Adam 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. Adam 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. Adam 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 an advisor to the accelerator Fusion LA and to several early-stage companies.

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  • What is your favorite quote? "Being a professional is doing the things you love to do on the days you don't feel like doing them." Julius Erving / David Halberstam
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? Too many to list, but a major pivot point was taking the entrepreneurial leap. Starting The Veloz Group set me on a trajectory for a very unique set of experiences.
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? Sports (especially Angels baseball), classic movies and TV, politics, physical fitness, backgammon, my niece and nephew
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? This is a topic I am especially passionate about. I created a podcast inspired by my belief in the power of mentorship and speak extensively about it. I would love to discuss.