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Morton L. Mandel

Morton L. Mandel was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a co-founder in 1940 of Premier Industrial Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio, where he was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer until Premier merged with Farnell Electronics PLC in April, 1996, to form Premier Farnell, PLC. He now serves as Chairman and CEO of Parkwood LLC, a private trust company, and also as Chairman and CEO of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, both headquartered in Cleveland.

Awards and Recognition

1956 Outstanding Young Man of the Year, Cleveland Junior Chamber of Commerce
1973 Businessman of the Year, Cleveland Urban League
1973 Citizen of the Year, Cleveland Board of Realtors
1974 Frank L. Weil Award, JCC Association
1977 Charles Eisenman Award, Cleveland Jewish Community Federation
1982 Best Management Performance Award for 1982, Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management
1982 Civic Leader of the Year, Clean-Land, Ohio
1985 Business Statesman of the Year, Harvard Business School Club of Cleveland
1986 George S. Dively Award for Corporate Leadership in Urban Development
1988 Presidential Award (Ronald Reagan) for Private Sector Initiatives
1991 Business Executive of the Year, Sales & Marketing Executives Club of Cleveland
1992 Newton D. Baker Distinguished Alumni Award, Case Western Reserve University
2000 MidTown Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award
2006 Honorary Fellow, Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design
2009 Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity National Award — “Man of the Year”
2011 Elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
2014 Samuel Rothberg Prize for Jewish Education, Hebrew University

Honorary Degrees

1984 Doctor of Humane Letters, Gratz College, Philadelphia, PA
1986 Doctor of Humane Letters, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, OH
1989 Doctor of Humane Letters, Brandeis University, Boston, MA
1993 Doctor of Humane Letters, Cleveland College of Jewish Studies
1993 Doctor of Humane Letters, Hebrew University, Israel
1993 Doctor of Humane Letters, Yeshiva University, New York, NY
2005 Doctor of Humane Letters, Ben Gurion University, Israel
2007 Doctor of Humane Letters, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
2008 Doctor of Humane Letters, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
2013 Doctor of Humane Letters, Hebrew College, Boston, MA
2013 Doctor of Humane Letters, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH


1939–40 Case Western Reserve University (Academic Scholarship)
1943 Pomona College (U.S. Army)
1944 University of California at Berkeley (U.S. Army)
2013 Case Western Reserve University
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Social Work
(Bachelor’s Degree)


1960–1996 Premier Industrial Corporation, Chairman and CEO
1968–1979 Central National Bank of Cleveland
1969–1979 Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co.
1996–2002 Premier Farnell PLC, Deputy Chairman
1998– Parkwood LLC, Chairman and CEO

Cleveland Activities

1952–1957 Jewish Community Center of Cleveland, President; Life Trustee
1974–1977 Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, President; Life Trustee
1977–1992 Case Western Reserve University, Trustee, Honorary Trustee
1977–1981 United Way Services, President; Life Trustee
1981–1997 Park Works (formerly Clean-Land, Ohio), Co-Founder and Trustee
1981–1997 City of Cleveland Project MOVE (formerly Mayor’s Committee on Volunteerism), Founder
1982–1985 MidTown Cleveland, Founder and Chairman; Life Trustee
1982–1988 Cleveland Tomorrow, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman
1984–2011 Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, CWRU, Founder
1990–1993 Cleveland Museum of Art, Trustee, Life Trustee
1990–1994 Musical Arts Association (Cleveland Symphony Orchestra), Trustee

National Activities

1953– Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, Chairman and CEO
1970–1974 JCC Association, President; Honorary President; Life Trustee
1978–1981 Council of Jewish Federations, President; Life Trustee
1985–1991 United Way of America, National Board, Trustee
1990–1995 National Jewish Democratic Council, Founding Chairman; Life Trustee

International Activities

1977–1981 World Confederation of Jewish Community Centers, Founding Chairman
1979–1988 Jewish Agency for Israel, Board of Governors
1985–1988 Operation Independence, Israel, Founding Co-Chairman
1990– Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation-Israel, Founding Chairman and CEO


2012 “It’s All About Who,” Jossey Bass, Publisher

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