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Meet One of the Brothers Behind the Name at the WPB Library – Thursday

Thursday, May 9th


Mandel Public Library of WPB Auditorium

May 6, 2013

(West Palm Beach, FL) – If you have visited the library in downtown West Palm Beach you have definitely seen the Mandel name. But how much do you truly know about the Mandel brothers – Jack, Joe, and Mort — whose names will live forever above the doors of the city’s library?

Mort Mandel will be making a special appearance at the library to talk about his new book, It’s All About Who You Hire, How They Lead…and Other Essential Advice from a Self-Made Leader.

He has been described as one of the most successful American business entrepreneurs of the mid-to-late 20th century. He gives much of the credit for how he and his brothers turned a $900 auto-parts business into a $3 billion multinational electronics corporation to the high quality of personal relations and ethical values in his family.

Mandel once told a reporter the reason his family places such a high value on philanthropy dates back to his modest roots growing up in the Cleveland area. His father suffered from Multiple Sclerosis, forcing his mother to be both the emotional as well as financial support of the family.

Yet Mandel recalled often watching his mother give away some of the few dollars they had to others in need. Mandel has said that watching his mother help others shaped his character.

“We inhaled that,” he told the reporter. “All my life, I’ve been trying to give back.”

Mandel will talk about his life, his values, and his new book on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 2:00pm in the library auditorium.

Guests will have the opportunity to submit questions about the book during a moderated question and answer discussion. A brief history of the Mandel brothers and the Mandel Foundation will be presented with a viewing of the Mandel Legacy video, Our Cup Runneth Over. FREE! Library Auditorium.

The library was recently re-named the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach in honor of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation’s generous $5 million dollar gift to the West Palm Beach Library Foundation to establish an endowment that will fund library programs for many years to come.

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