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Thrive15 Mentor | Jack Nadel

Meet Jack

Decorated WWII Veteran, Hall of Fame Entrepreneur, Award-Winning Author, and Founder of Jack Nadel International (he's the youngest looking 91-year-old on the site too).

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Jack Nadel

WWII Veteran / Award-Winning
Author / Entrepreneur

Career Highlights
  • Decorated WWII Veteran in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946, before being honorably discharged as Captain, U.S. Army Air Force, having flown 27 missions in a B-29 Bomber over Japan as a combat navigator and radar bombardier.
  • Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters for his service, and he and his fellow flight crewmembers also received the Presidential Unit Citation.
  • Founder of Jack Nadel International, a world-renowned industry-leading promotional products company. 
  • Appointed and served as Chairman of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI).
  • Named an industry Hall of Fame Entrepreneur by the Promotional Products Association International. 
  • Chosen as one of only nine American Entrepreneurs by President Ronald Reagan to serve on a special Presidential Trade Mission to Japan based on past success in exporting goods to Japan.
  • Awarded with the Entrepreneurial Lifetime Notable Achievement Award from the nation’s number one Community College. 
  • Published Author of six business books and one novel.
  • Most recent book, The Evolution of an Entrepreneur, was awarded with five Global Ebook Awards including three Gold Awards for BEST in Business, Leadership and Careers/Employment. 
  • Regular Huffington Post Contributor on topics of entrepreneurship and economic development.
  • Hosted his own ABC local affiliate television show, Out of the Box with Jack Nadel, and interviewed countless celebrities and thought-leaders including Rob Reiner, Jack Canfield, Barnaby Conrad and Julia Child. 
  • Former Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and guest lecturer at many colleges. 
  • Pledged 100,000 e-books of The Evolution of an Entrepreneur to the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship, an organization helping underprivileged youth. 
  • Dedicated 10,000 free copies of his recent book to fellow U.S. Veterans. 
  • Created the Nadel Foundation with wife Julie Nadel, which has celebrated more than 25 years of dedicated philanthropic and volunteering efforts.
Notable Quotable

"How do you create more jobs? Evolve more entrepreneurs. How do you evolve more entrepreneurs? Teach them targeted thinking and methods that remove the majority of the risk."

Jack Nadel

WWII Veteran / Award-Winning
Author / Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel has been an international entrepreneur for nearly seven decades—and has made a healthy profit every single one of those years. He has founded, acquired, and operated more than a dozen companies worldwide that produced hundreds of new products, thousands of jobs, and millions of dollars in profits, including Jack Nadel International, a global leader in the specialty advertising and marketing industry with 25 offices around the world. 

From this broad and solid foundation of experience, Nadel authored a number of popular business books including his latest book, The Evolution of an Entrepreneur, winner of five Global Ebook Awards including three Gold Awards for BEST in Business, Leadership and Careers/Employment. All were written with the purpose of assisting entrepreneurs with attaining greater business success. 

In addition to his commercial enterprises and writing career, Nadel has lectured at several colleges and universities, developed his own targeted thinking methodology for entrepreneurs called The Nadel Method—a simple five-step process that was formed from proven principles to create new businesses while dramatically reducing the risk of failure—and for several years hosted his own television show, Out of the Box with Jack Nadel. Though insisting that he has retired, at age 91 Nadel—a decorated WWII veteran—continues to share his expertise and wisdom mentoring future business leaders and entrepreneurs. 

Jack Nadel lives with his wife Julie in Santa Barbara, CA, and also enjoys actively supporting their ongoing philanthropic efforts through The Nadel Foundation and local community involvement.

Jack’s chief mission at this stage of his life is to help educate and train entrepreneurs and pass on what he has learned with succeeding generations. He is rooted in the belief that by evolving more entrepreneurs and helping them prosper, we will also help to sustain our middle class and the economy. 


Forbes Interview: Not Dead, Not Retired, 91-Year-Old Veteran, Entrepreneur Gives Back 

Huffington Post Contributor's Page - Check out what Jack has written

Fox Business TV Interview: Helping Our Vets

NewsmaxTV Interview: Entrepreneurship's the Only Way to Achieve Independence

Learn more about Jack by reading, The Evolution of an Entrepreneur

Huffington Post Featured Article - Empowering Veterans Through Entrepreneurship


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