Business Coach and WWII Veteran Joins Mentor Team

Bestselling Author and Well Known Business Coach Joins Thrive15

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Jack Nadel, a decorated WWII veteran, business coach, and accomplished entrepreneur, has joined the business coach team of mentors. Nadel joins an already impressive lineup of mentors, joining other popular mentors such as NBA Hall of Famer, David Robinson, former Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World®, Lee Cockerell, and world-renowned publicist, Michael Levine.

Jack Nadel was a member of the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946. During his military career, he flew 27 missions in a B-29 Bomber over Japan as a combat navigator and radar bombardier. Nadel was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters for his time served in the U.S. Army Air Force. He and his fellow flight crew members were also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for their service.

Nadel, who has been an international entrepreneur for nearly 70 years, is the founder of Jack Nadel International, an industry-leading promotional products company. He has also founded, acquired, and operated more than a dozen companies around the world, each producing hundreds of new products, thousands of jobs, and millions of dollars of profits annually.

His business experience has led him to write several popular business books that highlight a career of successful entrepreneurism. His latest book, The Evolution of an Entrepreneur, was the winner of five Global EBook Awards including three Gold Awards for BEST in Business, Leadership, and Careers/Employment.

Throughout his career, Nadel has demonstrated a dedication to sharing his wisdom and expertise by mentoring future business leaders and entrepreneurs, which echoes the aims of the edtech startup. Some of his courses found on include Remember: You Are the Service or Product; Always Confirm Your Agreements in Writing and Quickly; All Business Is Personal; Understand Your Strengths and Weaknesses; and Becoming a Proactive Leader and Not a Fireman.


Business coach and Bestselling Author and Management Expert Joins the Thrive15 Team

ORLANDO, FL – Lee Cockerell, a bestselling author and the former Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World® Resort, has joined’s team of mentors. Now retired, the former Disney VP once managed over 40,000 employees – cast members, as Disney World calls them – and developed the Disney Great Leader Strategies program which was used to train the 7,000 leaders at Walt Disney World®. Cockerell’s addition to the educational platform provides years of practical business principles that can be applied by any aspiring entrepreneur or businessperson.

Cockerell’s career has been highlighted by a life of learning and teaching. Prior to his position at Disney, Cockerell spent a combined 25 years as an executive for other hospitality and entertainment businesses such as Hilton Hotels and the Marriott Corporation. In 1990, he joined the Disney team to launch the Disneyland Paris project. While at Disney, Cockerell oversaw 20 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and entertainment village, and the ESPN Sports and Recreation Complex and implemented his Disney Great Leader Strategies program.

Cockerell’s experience with Disney has opened doors for him as a writer and professional speaker. He has written three bestsellers, The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service, Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney, and Time Management Magic. Cockerell has also been the featured speaker of choice for several groups including some of the nation’s largest companies and organizations such as Luxottica, Disney World, and Wal-Mart.

Cockerell’s arrival as part of the team of mentors brings with him years of real-world experience on the job. He looks to share his business wisdom with courses such as Time Management Magic, The Customer Rules, Managing for Results, Learning to Hire Like Disney World with Lee Cockerell, and Inspiring Employees with Lee Cockerell.

Business Coach and Former Disney World Executive Teams Up with Thrive15

ORLANDO, FL – Former Walt Disney World® Resort executive vice-president, Lee Cockerell, has teamed up with the online education platform, Cockerell appears to be a perfect fit for the business centered edtech platform, providing years of experience from within the hospitality industry. Cockerell, known as a time-management master, at one time managed over 40,000 cast members (Disney employees) and was responsible for 20 resort hotels, four theme parks, a shopping and entertainment village, and the ESPN Sports and Recreation Complex.

Cockerell’s experience as an executive in the hospitality and entertainment industry with the Marriott Corporation and Hilton Hotels has helped him to achieve great success. He is a world-renowned speaker, training businessmen and women about the importance of priorities and daily planning. One of Cockerell’s greatest achievements and lasting legacies was the creation of Disney Great Leader Strategies, which was used to train and develop the 7,000 leaders at Walt Disney World®.

Beyond life at Disney, Cockerell has served on several boards and committees including serving as Chairman of the Board for the Heart of Florida United Way. He was appointed by Governor Bush to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Public Service and also served on the Board of Trustees for the Culinary Institute of America.

Cockerell’s speaking career has allowed him to become the speaker of choice for some of the nation’s largest companies and organizations including Wal-Mart, Luxottica, and Disney World.

Cockerell’s passion for teaching makes him a perfect fit for the up and coming edtech startup and an excellent business coach. Along with his passion, Cockerell is able to share his invaluable experience with running a world-class organization, such as Disney. Some of his courses on the site include Time Management Magic – a comprehensive summary of his most recent bestselling books; Managing for Results, Why, When, & How to Fire Someone, Creating a Magical Organization, and Learning to Hire Like Disney World with Lee Cockerell.



December 7th, 2017


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