Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, the national nonprofit dedicated to reducing the devastation that the disease of addiction causes families. Mendell founded Shatterproof in 2012, after losing his 25-year-old son Brian to a 10-year struggle with the disease of addiction, to spare other families of the tragedy his family suffered. Mendell spent decades as an entrepreneur. Prior to launching Shatterproof, he was the founder and CEO of HEI Hotels & Resorts, a multi-billion-dollar company that oversees a portfolio of 70 hotels. Previously, he was president of Starwood Lodging Trust and a member of its board of trustees. He is a member of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and a charter member of President Obama's Better Building Challenge. 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.