Scott Mandell, MBA

Scott Mandell

Scott is one of the advisors of The Shine Hope Company.  Previously, he founded and was the CEO of Enjoy Life Foods ( (2001-2016), a company dedicated to developing, manufacturing, and marketing great tasting gluten free and allergy friendly food products. I

In addition to starting Enjoy Life, Scott effectively created an entire category, which is now known as “Free From” through thought leadership, education, and certification standards. Scott advised in the creation of the gluten free certification organization (GFCO), the largest gluten free certification program in the world. Enjoy Life became the first company to have its facility and products certified by the GFCO.  In 2015, Enjoy Life Foods was acquired by Mondelēz International, Inc.,

In 2013, Scott and his brother (Steve) established Mandell Ventures (, a family office partnership primarily focused on investing and advising founder led early-stage food & beverage and CPG businesses.

Scott currently sits on the advisory board of four privately held businesses. He has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (currently YPO-Gold) since 2009, a mentor to many upstart entrepreneurs, and has been an active alumnus at the Kellogg School of Management.

In 2016, Scott was named by Food Processing magazine as one of five company leaders who are “revolutionizing Big Food”. In 2015, he was named as an EY Entrepreneur of The Year® Award Winner, was the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Chicago Gala Honoree in 2014, was named to the Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” list in 2008 and was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2006.

Scott earned an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) in 2001 with concentrations in the areas of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Finance, and Management & Strategy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 1993 with a major in History and a minor in Business.

Scott is an avid sports fan and enjoys golfing, skiing, paddle tennis, and poker.

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