Vladimir Gendelman

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Vladimir Gendelman
Born Vladimir Yurievich Gendelman
(1974-06-22) June 22, 1974 (age 47)
Kharkov, Ukraine
Residence West Bloomfield Township, Michigan
Ethnicity Jewish
Citizenship United States
Occupation Businessman
Known for founder of Company Folders
Spouse(s) Janet Gendelman
Children 2

Vladimir Yurievich Gendelman (Template:Lang-ru, born June 22, 1974) is a Ukrainian-born American businessman. He is a serial entrepreneur in the e-commerce industry, and contributor to national and international publications on the subjects of printing, print design, leadership and international entrepreneurship. In addition to his business ventures, Gendelman serves on the board of Hebrew Free Loan.

Early life

Born to parents Anna and Yury Gendelman on June 22, 1974, Vladimir Gendelman spent his early years growing up in Kharkov, Ukraine.[1] 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.[2] The family relocated to Oak Park, Michigan, 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 folders options available online, Gendelman decided found his own web based folder printing boutique, Company Folders, in December 2003.[3] Gendelman's longest-running enterprise, the company would go on to win 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 in publications such as Time,[4] and Fortune.[5]