Member Since 2017
The Veloz Group
Los Angeles Area
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 contributor to and an expert cited in national media outlets; as a speaker to businesses, universities and non-profit organizations; and as an advisor and board member. Adam utilizes his professional, entrepreneurial and managerial background developed through a unique set of experiences. Adam worked for D.E. Shaw, then the largest hedge fund in the world, and 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 served as the Executive Producer of Virtually Israel; as a Strategic Partner and Advisor to Here Media; and as a consultant to the LAUSD. Adam is an advisor to the accelerator Fusion LA and to ScaleAbout, an Israeli software company. Adam 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. Adam serves as the Chairman of the USC Alumni Entrepreneurs Network; on boards for the USC Alumni Association, USC Marshall Innovations Conference, USC Casden Institute and Startup Grind USC; and as a founding member of the UCLA Anderson CEO Forum. A Los Angeles native and lifelong Angels fan, Adam loves sports, classic movies and TV, politics, physical fitness and backgammon.
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The Veloz Group builds and operates technology-driven companies and applies advanced technology skills and creative, outside-the-box thinking to underserved markets. We own and operate e-commerce businesses Beverly Hills Chairs and Custom Tobacco and technology consulting firm Veloz Solutions; are actively incubating new technology ventures; and participate in strategic partnerships with both large and smaller entrepreneurial companies.