Morton L. Mandel

Chairman and CEO


Morton L. Mandel is the Chairman and CEO. Under his leadership, Parkwood has grown to almost 70 professionals with expertise in investment management and estate planning, with offices in Cleveland, Ohio and Wilmington, Delaware. Mort is also the Chairman and CEO of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. Mort was a co-founder of Premier Industrial Corporation, listed on the NYSE in 1964. He was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer until Premier merged with Farnell Electronics PLC in 1996 to form Premier Farnell, PLC.

Mort is the author of “It’s All About Who,” in which he shares his fine-tuned set of practices to develop leaders capable of building institutions in both the for-profit and non-profit fields.  In the book, he shows how important it is to find, recruit, and cultivate "A" players for leadership roles.

In 1939, Mort was awarded an academic scholarship to attend Case Western Reserve University, which was interrupted when he enlisted in the U.S. Army.  While in the Army, he continued his studies at Pomona College in 1943 and the University of California at Berkeley in 1944. Mort completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Case Western Reserve University in 2013.

Since 1950, Mort has devoted a substantial amount of his time to philanthropy.  He has personally founded, or helped found, more than a dozen nonprofit organizations, including Cleveland Tomorrow and MidTown Cleveland. He has served on the boards of many local and national nonprofit organizations, including serving as President of United Way Services in Cleveland.

Mort has received numerous awards recognizing both his business acumen and his commitment to philanthropy, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Case Western Reserve University; the Cleveland Heritage Medal; and the Presidential Award for Private Sector Initiatives presented by President Ronald Reagan.

Mort was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2011 and in 2016, he received their Scholar Patriot Award.  

Mort has received 11 honorary doctorates from universities including Case Western Reserve University, Brandeis University and Hebrew University.

Mort and his wife, Barbara, live in Cleveland, Ohio and in Palm Beach, Florida.  They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

Parkwood Board of Directors

Morton L. Mandel
Chairman and CEO
Stuart D. Neidus
Retired CEO, Anthony & Sylvan Pools Corporation
Thomas A. Mandel
Vice Chairman; Founder, President and General Manager, Rubber City Radio Group
Peter E. Raskind
Former Chairman and CEO of National City Corporation
Scott S. Cowen
Vice Chairman; President Emeritus Tulane University
Jehuda Reinharz
President, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation; former President, Brandeis University
David Heller
Principal, The NRP Group
Michael A. Ritter
Retired Partner, Ernst & Young
Kenneth G. Hochman
Managing Member, KGH Consulting
Jerry Sue Thornton
President Emeritus, Cuyahoga Community College
Stephen H. Hoffman
President Emeritus, Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Stephen J. Weinberg
President and CEO, Weinberg Wealth Management