Grieving Out Loud with Angela Kennecke

Shatterproof founder’s life mission after losing son

Join host Angela Kennecke on this week’s episode of Grieving Out Loud as she sits down with Gary Mendell, founder, and CEO of the non-profit Shatterproof.

Gary Mendell and his son Brian
Gary Mendell and his son, Brian

Gary appeared to have it all. He founded one of the fastest-growing hotel investment firms in the United States that became a multi-billion dollar company. However, Gary was secretly struggling because one of his children was dealing with a substance use disorder. Tragically, Brian died by suicide, leaving behind a note outlining the shame he felt about his addiction.

In this powerful episode, Gary shares his story of loss and his vow to his son to eradicate the stigma surrounding substance use disorders.