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In Memoriam: Jack Nadel

jack-nadel-memoriamJack Nadel, businessman, industry leader, World War II hero, philanthropist, speaker and award-winning writer, passed away of natural causes at his home in Santa Barbara, California, on September 24, just days before his 93rd birthday.

A pioneer in the promotional products industry, Nadel started distributor Jack Nadel International with in 1953. During his more than 70 years in business, Nadel founded, acquired and operated more than a dozen companies that produced hundreds of new products and thousands of jobs.

During the Reagan administration, he was appointed as an official delegate to a trade mission to Japan working toward the goal of free trade around the world. In the 1960s he was elected to the PPAI Board of Directors and served as chair in 1970-71. In 1988 PPAI honored him with induction into the PPAI Hall of Fame.

“Jack Nadel was a promotional products industry icon,” says Don Edwards, CAS, principal of Don Edwards Marketing, who served as PPAI board chair in the late ’70s. “Jack was a true leader and genuine mover and shaker. His accomplishments were legendary. He was way ahead of the curve of everyone else—that was part of his success. He was a visionary like no one had ever seen in this industry. I am honored to have known him.”

Mark Gilman, CAS, chairman of Gill Studios, Inc., another contemporary and former PPAI board chair, credits Nadel with pushing the limits of what business leaders at the time thought was possible for the promotional products industry. “He was full of energy and was a truly dynamic individual. He pushed the whole industry to raise the bar and be more confident than we were.”

Craig Nadel, CAS, CEO of Jack Nadel International, remembers his uncle as a very principled visionary. “Jack Nadel founded this company, and many others too,” he says, “and while he retired long ago, the DNA of his company runs through us still. He was ahead of his time in many ways and always pushed us to be a creative and service-oriented company. He was also a man of very high integrity and we strive to live to those values each day.”

Always an achiever and a giver, Nadel spent the past decade lecturing at colleges and universities, writing books, mentoring future business leaders and, with his wife, Julie, supporting a wide variety of philanthropic efforts in Santa Barbara through the Nadel Foundation. His last book, The Evolution of an Entrepreneur, was an award-winning e-book. He also won the inaugural Entrepreneurial Lifetime Notable Achievement Award from Santa Barbara City College.

Nadel is survived by his wife, Julie, children Judie and Jeff, stepchildren Shari and Hillary, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts in his memory be sent to Sansum Clinic (P.O. Box 1200, Santa Barbara, California 93102, Attn: Dru A. Hartley). These gifts will be directed to the Nadel Prescription Navigator Program.

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