Vladimir Gendelman (born June 22, 1974) is a Ukrainian-born American businessman. He is a serial entrepreneur in the e-commerce sphere, having founded and sold businesses in multiple sectors. In addition to his business ventures, Gendelman serves on the board of Hebrew Free Loan.
Born to parents Anna and Yury Gendelman on June 22, 1974, Vladimir Yurievich Gendelman (Владимир Юрьевич Гендельман) spent his early years growing up in Kharkov, Ukraine. He had a strong interest in mathematics and spent three years participating in an archaeological group.
His father was a dentist, his mother a cytologist. The Communist Party’s discrimination against Jewish citizens severely limited their academic and career advancement, so the family left Ukraine in 1989, choosing to emigrate to the U.S. because of the opportunities available there. The family relocated to Oak Park, MI, where Vladimir’s parents worked various odd jobs.
Shortly after opening his own computer repair company, Gendelman was approached by a client who asked if he knew how to make branded presentation folders. Realizing that there weren’t many unique folders available online, Gendelman decided to fill this need by founding Company Folders, an innovative presentation folder printer boutique, in December of 2003.
Company Folders now offers one of the largest selections of printed presentation folders and is Gendelman's longest-running enterprise. The company has won multiple awards, including a ranking on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies and on the Internet Retailer Second 500 list.
After several journalist acquaintances asked him to contribute his opinion for their articles, Gendelman decided to share his experience and knowledge on a more regular basis. He has since authored numerous articles related to printing, print design, entrepreneurship and leadership.
Gendelman met Janet Freyman in late 2004. The two married on July 23, 2005. They have two children, daughter Noa and son Aaron.